Publié le 2 Décembre 2021

Gospel text

(Mt 9:27-31): 

 

And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed [him], crying out, “Son of David, have pity on us!” When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I can do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they said to him.

Then he touched their eyes and said, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” And their eyes were opened. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” But they went out and spread word of him through all that land.

 

The Application

 

Faith moves us in an exceptional way, because it directs us towards heaven, fixing our gaze on the Lord, Christ the Saviour, the Light of the world. If man trusts in this God, the road he travels, even if it is long, will be so short that no one can stop him. These blind men make us learn from them.

 

"Son of David, ...... Yes, Lord, we believe", what an expression of faith. In this Advent season, we are invited to do just that, and we will certainly hear it, "let it be done for you according to your faith." ET..........My faith!

 

Action of the day: Be a person of faith.
 

“Do you believe that I can do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they said to him.”

 

Fr. Josep Mª MASSANA i Mola OFM

(Barcelona, Spain)

 

Today the first Friday of Advent, the Gospel presents three characters: Jesus, and the two blind men who approach him, full of faith and with hopeful hearts. They have heard about him, about his tenderness towards the sick and about his power. These features identified him as the Messiah. Who could help them better than the Son of Man?

Both blind men help each other and, together, address Jesus. The two of them, in unison, make a petition asking Jesus, who they call “Son of David”, for compassion: “Son of David, have pity on us!” (Mt 9:27).

Jesus challenges their faith: “Do you believe that I can do this?” (Mt 9:28). If they have approached the Lord it is precisely because they believe in him. In chorus they make a beautiful profession of faith, replying: “Lord, we do believe in you”. And Jesus gives sight to those who could already see through faith. To believe is to see with interior eyes.

This time of Advent is appropriate for seeking out Jesus with a strong will, like both blind men, in community, as a Church. With the Church we call on the Spirit: “Please come, Jesus Christ our Lord” (cf. Ap 22:17-20). Jesus comes with the power to open the eyes of our heart, to make us see, to make us believe. Advent is a powerful time for prayer: a time for petition, and especially for the professing of faith. A time to see and to believe.

Remember the words of the fable of the Little Prince: “The essential can only be seen with the heart”.

 

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Gospel text

(Mk 16,15-20): 

 

Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them, «Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; the one who refuses to believe will be condemned. Signs like these will accompany those who have believed: in my Name they will cast out demons and speak new languages; they will pick up snakes and, if they drink anything poisonous, they will be unharmed. They will lay their hands on the sick and they will be healed».

So then, after speaking to them, the Lord Jesus was taken up into heaven and took his place at the right hand of God. The Eleven went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied them.

 

The Application

 

For every Indian, Francis Xavier will be an image parfait to be imitated, as a missionary. He knew neither the language nor the culture, still an efficient predicator. Just like Jesus, he himself was the message and his life was the preaching. He was protected by the Lord.

The legend of him says, while constructing the church in Kottar (Kanyakumari dst.) there were few men who didn’t wish to carry the stone for the construction, by pretending of carrying a dead person. At the end, the story ended in a tragedy that they found him really dead. Then they came and asked pardon. God was with him and people who knew, were well aware of this truth. If you have visited his birth place, you would have noticed a smiling face of Jesus on the crucifix. Xavier, could always remain in silence and smiling in his difficult time.

 

I invite you all, the missionaries to imitate this great missionary that God has given to us as model and pray to him, that he continues to support the Indian church through his intercession, particularly the missionaries who are still persecuted.

 

«In my Name they will speak new languages; they will lay their hands on the sick and they will be healed»

 

Fr. Eduard MARTÍNEZ Quinto

(Mirasol, Barcelona, Spain)

 

Today we contemplate the last words of Jesus before returning to the Father. It is the moment before the Ascension. Therefore those are the last words that the apostles will hear of Jesus Christ in person.

Last words of a person before leaving for another place are so important! They are stored in a preferred place of the heart. Even more so when that person is God Himself becoming man, coming to the world and surrendering himself to death, to free us from evil, sin and from death itself, giving us Life for his Resurrection. How important are those words! Important for who says them: God Himself. Important for his message: the Gospel. Important by the recipient: the whole world.

How well understood these words St. Francis Xavier! This great missionary traveled great distances in India, Japan and other nations, with his heart burning with missionary enthusiasm. Faithfully fulfilling the command of Jesus, he experienced the signs that will accompany his true apostles, as Christ says: “In my Name they will cast out demons and speak new languages; they will pick up snakes and, if they drink anything poisonous, they will be unharmed. They will lay their hands on the sick and they will be healed” (Mk 16, 17-18).

Indeed, his preaching and testimony was accompanied by numerous healings of the sick. Crowds also approached him to be baptized. Sometimes, at night, he could not move his right hand because of the pain, because he had spent the whole day baptizing. In addition, along with many difficulties, he had to learn new languages. What the Gospel tells us today is thus fulfilled.

Through Baptism you and I also receive that message from Jesus that makes us messengers of God, missionary apostles, bearers of the Good News. Keep in your heart the words of Jesus and go without fear on adventure taking the Gospel everywhere.

 

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Texte de l'Évangile

(Mt 9,27-31): 

 

Jésus était en route; deux aveugles le suivirent, en criant: «Aie pitié de nous, fils de David!». Quand il fut dans la maison, les aveugles l'abordèrent, et Jésus leur dit: «Croyez-vous que je peux faire cela?». Ils répondirent: «Oui, Seigneur». Alors il leur toucha les yeux, en disant: «Que tout se fasse pour vous selon votre foi!». Leurs yeux s'ouvrirent, et Jésus leur dit sévèrement: «Attention, que personne ne le sache!». Mais, à peine sortis, ils parlèrent de lui dans toute la région.

 

L’Application

 

La foi nous anime de manière exceptionnelle, car elle nous oriente vers le ciel, en fixant notre regard sur le Seigneur, le Christ Sauveur, la Lumière du monde. Si l'homme a confiance en ce Dieu, le chemin qu'il parcourt, même s'il est long, sera si court que personne ne pourra l'arrêter. Ces aveugles nous font apprendre d'eux.

"Fils de David, ...... Oui, Seigneur, nous croyons", quelle expression de la foi. En ce temps de l'Avent, nous sommes invités à le faire, et nous l'entendrons certainement : " qu'il soit fait pour vous selon votre foi. " ET..........Ma foi !

 

 

«Jésus leur dit: ‘Croyez-vous que je peux faire cela?’. Ils répondirent: ‘Oui, Seigneur’»

 

Abbé Josep Mª MASSANA i Mola OFM

(Barcelona, Espagne)

 

Aujourd'hui, en ce premier vendredi de l'Avent, l'Évangile nous présente trois personnages: Jésus, au centre de la scène, et deux aveugles qui s'approchent de Lui pleins de foi, le cœur rempli d'espérance. Ils avaient entendu parler de Lui, de sa tendresse envers les malades et de son pouvoir. Ces traits l'identifiaient comme Messie. Qui mieux que Lui pouvait prendre leur malheur en considération?

Les deux aveugles se rejoignent et, ensemble, ils se dirigent vers Jésus. Ils font à l'unisson une prière de demande à l’Envoyé de Dieu, au Messie, auquel ils donnent le titre de "Fils de David". Ils veulent, par cette prière, provoquer la compassion de Jésus: «Aie pitié de nous, fils de David!» (Mt 9,27).

Jésus en appelle à leur foi: «Croyez-vous que je peux faire cela?» (Mt 9,28). S'ils se sont approchés de l'Envoyé de Dieu, c'est précisément parce qu'ils croient en Lui. D'une seule voix, ils font une belle profession de foi, en répondant: «Oui, Seigneur» (Ibidem). Et Jésus accorde la vue à ceux qui voyaient déjà par la foi. Croire, en effet, c'est voir d'un regard intérieur.

Ce temps de l'Avent est, pour nous aussi, le temps opportun pour chercher Jésus d'un grand désir, comme les deux aveugles, ensemble, bâtissant l'Église. Avec l'Église, proclamons dans l'Esprit Saint: «Viens, Seigneur Jésus» (cf. Ap 22,17-20). Jésus vient avec son pouvoir d'ouvrir tout grand les yeux de notre cœur, pour nous permettre de voir et de croire. L'Avent est un temps fort de prière: temps de prière de demande et, surtout, de prière de profession de foi. Temps pour voir et pour croire.

Souvenons-nous des paroles du Petit Prince: «On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur».

 

 

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Gospel text

(Mt 7:21.24-27): 

 

Jesus said to his disciples, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven”.

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”

 

The Application

 

No one wishes to be in the midst of storms or hurricanes. We wish a peaceful and serein moments of life. However, we should never forget that the boat is neither meant to be at the harbour, nor the car to be in the garage. A static life is not a Christian life. God wishes us that we keep moving, as pilgrims, towards the holiness, in the midst of stormy weather.

 

Very often, in the face of life's troubles, we become exhausted and blame the Lord for having granted us or allowed us to be in such a situation. However, these are the important moments in life, which form and reform us, so that we discover the depth of our faith and may the world discovers through our daily life, the power of faith.

 

The parable of the house built on the rock, for me personally, it represents the deep relationship that we should have with the Lord, our rock, on whom every baptized is invited to lean. Thus, if it is done, in faith we could say with certainty that the Lord is our Shepherd, and we lack nothing. But the question is that man learns to listen to His Word and has the courage to put it into practice. It is here that he will discover, how God protects him and guides him.

 

 

 

Why doesn't man listen to and put His Word into practice? We do not listen to it because we do not love God and we do not put it into practice because we do not trust. That is why man seeks the wide door that is easy to pass and chooses in his ignorance the sandy ground to build his house. And you, how do you translate the house, and the rock, in your daily life?

 

Action of the day: Trust the Lord.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven.”

 

Fr. Jean-Charles TISSOT

(Freiburg, Switzerland)

 

Today, the Lord pronounced these words at the end of His "Sermon on the Mount" where He bestows a new and deeper meaning to the Commandments of the Old Testament, the "words" of God to men. He talks as the Son of God, and as such, He demands us “to receive what I say to you”, as very significant words: words of eternal life which must be put into practice, and not only to be heard - with the risk of forgetting them or just be satisfied admiring them or admiring their author - but without any personal involvement.

“To build a house on sand” (cf. Mt 7:26) is an image to describe a foolish behavior that leads us nowhere and ends up in a failure in life, after a long and painful effort to build up something. “Bene curris, sed extra viam", said St. Augustine, which we could translate as: “You run well, but out of the way”. What a shame reaching just there: the time of trial, of the storms and floods that inevitably fill up our life!

The Lord wants to teach us how to set up a solid groundwork, the base of which originates in our effort to act according to His teachings, living by them every day in the midst of small problems He will try to direct. Thus, our daily resolutions to live by Christ’s teachings must end up in tangible results, which despite not being definitive, can still allow us to achieve out of them joy and gratitude at night, at the time of examining our conscience. The joy of having achieved a small victory over ourselves is a preparation for other battles, and the strength will not fail us - with the grace of God — to persevere until the end.

 

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(Mt 7,21.24-27): 

 

«Il ne suffit pas de me dire: ‘Seigneur, Seigneur!’, pour entrer dans le Royaume des cieux; mais il faut faire la volonté de mon Père qui est aux cieux. Tout homme qui écoute ce que je vous dis là et le met en pratique est comparable à un homme prévoyant qui a bâti sa maison sur le roc. La pluie est tombée, les torrents ont dévalé, la tempête a soufflé et s'est abattue sur cette maison; la maison ne s'est pas écroulée, car elle était fondée sur le roc. Et tout homme qui écoute ce que je vous dis là sans le mettre en pratique est comparable à un homme insensé qui a bâti sa maison sur le sable. La pluie est tombée, les torrents ont dévalé, la tempête a soufflé, elle a secoué cette maison; la maison s'est écroulée, et son écroulement a été complet».

 

L’Application

 

Très souvent, face aux difficultés de la vie, nous nous épuisons et nous reprochons au Seigneur de nous avoir accordé ou permis de nous trouver dans une telle situation. Cependant, ce sont les moments importants de la vie, qui nous forment et nous réforment, afin que nous découvrions la profondeur de notre foi et que le monde découvre à travers notre vie quotidienne, la puissance de la foi.

La maison construite sur le rocher représente la relation profonde que nous avons avec le Seigneur, notre rocher, sur lequel tout baptisé est invité à s'appuyer. Ainsi, si cela est fait, dans la foi nous pourrons dire avec certitude que le Seigneur est notre berger, et nous ne manquons de rien. Mais la question est que l'homme apprenne à écouter Sa Parole et ait le courage de la mettre en pratique. C'est là qu'il découvrira, comment Dieu le protège et le guide. 

Pourquoi l'homme n'écoute-t-il pas et ne met-il pas en pratique Sa Parole ? Nous ne l'écoutons pas parce que nous ne l'aimons pas et nous ne la mettons pas en pratique parce que nous ne lui faisons pas confiance. C'est pourquoi l'homme cherche la porte large qui est facile à franchir et choisit dans son ignorance le terrain sablonneux pour construire sa maison. Et vous, comment traduisez-vous la maison, et le rocher, dans votre vie quotidienne ?

 

«Il ne suffit pas de me dire: ‘Seigneur, Seigneur!’, pour entrer dans le Royaume des cieux»

 

Abbé Jean-Charles TISSOT

(Freiburg, Suisse)

 

Aujourd'hui, Le Seigneur prononce ces paroles à la fin de son «sermon sur la montagne», dans lequel il donne un sens nouveau et plus profond aux Commandements de l’Ancien Testament, les «paroles» de Dieu aux hommes. Il s’exprime en tant que Fils de Dieu, et c’est en tant que tel qu’il nous demande de recevoir ce que je vous dis là comme des paroles de la plus haute importance : des paroles de vie éternelle, qui doivent être mises en pratique, et non seulement à écouter, avec le risque de les oublier ou de se contenter de les admirer ou d’en admirer leur auteur, mais sans implication personnelle.

«Bâtir une maison sur le sable» (cf. Mt 7,26) est une image pour décrire un comportement insensé, qui ne mène à aucun résultat et aboutit à l’échec d’une vie, après un effort long et pénible pour construire quelque chose. "Bene curris, sed extra viam", disait saint Augustin : tu cours bien, mais en dehors du parcours homologué, pouvons-nous traduire. Quel dommage d’en arriver là, au moment de l’épreuve, des tempêtes et des crues que comporte nécessairement notre vie !

Le Seigneur veut nous enseigner à poser un fondement solide, dont l’assise provient de l’effort de mettre en pratique ses enseignements, c’est-à-dire de les vivre chaque jour au moyen de petites résolutions qu’il s’agira de tenir. Nos résolutions quotidiennes de vivre l’enseignement du Christ doivent ainsi aboutir à des résultats concrets, à défaut d’être définitifs, mais dont nous puissions tirer de la joie et de la reconnaissance lors de l’examen de notre conscience, le soir. La joie d’avoir obtenu une petite victoire sur nous-mêmes est un entraînement à d’autres batailles, et la force ne nous manquera pas, avec la grâce de Dieu, pour persévérer jusqu’au bout.

 

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(Mt 15:29-37): 

 

Moving on from there Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, went up on the mountain, and sat down there. Great crowds came to him, having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute, and many others. They placed them at his feet, and he cured them. The crowds were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the deformed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind able to see, and they glorified the God of Israel.

Jesus summoned his disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, for they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, for fear they may collapse on the way.” The disciples said to him, “Where could we ever get enough bread in this deserted place to satisfy such a crowd?” Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” “Seven,” they replied, “and a few fish.” He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, gave thanks, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds.

They all ate and were satisfied. They picked up the fragments left over—seven baskets full.

 

The Application

 

How can I apply this gospel in my daily life? I propose to you three points.

 

 

 

Trust: God is full of goodness and generosity. As long as this God remains alive in our hearts, we can trust him.  He never abandons the cry of his beloved ones. Our faith helps us to see everything through God's eyes, as a plan for the salvation of the world, even the unpleasant elements. Thanks to this faith, we can give everything to God, not from our superfluousness, but in our indulgence.

 

 

 

God needs our rolls: These rolls are important for the Lord to multiply. He does not need our little loaves of bread, yet through these small commitments the world can easily recognise His presence. Through this participation in the divine project, we become collaborators with God. What a joy to be able to work with the Lord!

 

 

 

Begin everything with a prayer: Let everything begin and end in prayer. May this prayer is the source of our words and actions. Jesus showed us this path of prayer, through his own contemplation of the Father's will, that they may be one, as we are ONE. The fulfilment of the Father's will gave him joy. May our joy be found in that fulfilment; in bringing everyone to the Lord.

 

Action of the day: Be generous.

“How many loaves do you have?” “Seven,” they replied, “and a few fish.”

 

Fr. Joan COSTA i Bou

(Barcelona, Spain)

 

Today we reflect on the multiplication of the bread and fish in the Gospel. Many people —Matthew states— “came to him” (Mt 15:30). Men and women who were in need of Christ: blind people, cripples and sick people of every kind, together with those who accompanied them. We are all in need of Christ. Of his tenderness, his forgiveness, his light, his mercy... In him, the fullness of all that is human can be found.

Today's Gospel makes us aware of the need for men who will lead others to Christ. Those who bring Jesus the sick so that he can cure them are the image of all those who know that the greatest act of charity towards their fellow man is to get them close to Christ, the source of our life. A life of faith demands holiness and apostolate.

Saint Paul urges us (Phil 2:5) to have the same feelings as Christ. This story shows what Jesus' heart is like: “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd”. He cannot leave them, because they are hungry and tired. Christ searches man out in his necessity and manages to be there for us to find. How good He is to us! And how important we people are for Him! Our hearts swell with gratitude, admiration and a sincere wish for conversion.

This God made man, all-powerful, who loves us passionately, and whom we need in everything and for everything —“because without me you can do nothing” (Jn 15:5)— paradoxically requires something from us as well: this is the meaning of the seven loaves of bread and the few fish that he will use to feed a crowd. If we really realized how much Jesus counts on us, and of the value of all we do for Him, as small as it is, we would try all the harder to correspond to Him with all our being?

 

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(Mt 15,29-37): 

 

Jésus gagna les bords du lac de Galilée, il gravit la montagne et s'assit. De grandes foules vinrent à lui, avec des boiteux, des aveugles, des estropiés, des muets, et beaucoup d'autres infirmes; on les déposa à ses pieds et il les guérit. Alors la foule était dans l'admiration en voyant des muets parler, des estropiés guérir, des boiteux marcher, des aveugles retrouver la vue; et ils rendirent gloire au Dieu d'Israël.

Jésus appela ses disciples et leur dit: «J'ai pitié de cette foule: depuis trois jours déjà, ils sont avec moi et n'ont rien à manger. Je ne veux pas les renvoyer à jeun; ils pourraient défaillir en route». Les disciples lui disent: «Où trouverons-nous dans un désert assez de pain pour qu'une telle foule mange à sa faim?». Jésus leur dit: «Combien de pains avez-vous?». Ils dirent: «Sept, et quelques petits poissons». Alors il ordonna à la foule de s'asseoir par terre. Il prit les sept pains et les poissons, il rendit grâce, les rompit, et il les donnait aux disciples, et les disciples aux foules. Tous mangèrent à leur faim; et, des morceaux qui restaient, on ramassa sept corbeilles pleines.

 

L’Application

 

Comment puis-je appliquer cet évangile dans ma vie quotidienne ? Je vous propose trois points.

La confiance : Dieu est plein de bonté et de générosité. Tant que ce Dieu reste vivant dans notre cœur, nous pouvons lui faire confiance.  Il n'abandonne jamais le cri de ses bien-aimés. Notre foi nous aide à voir tout à travers les yeux de Dieu, comme un plan pour le salut du monde, même les éléments désagréables. Grâce à cette foi, nous pouvons tout donner à Dieu, non pas à partir de notre superflu, mais dans notre indulgence.

Dieu a besoin de nos petits pains : Ces petits pains sont importants pour que le Seigneur les multiplie. Il n'a pas besoin de nos petites miches de pain, mais grâce à ces petits engagements, le monde peut facilement reconnaître sa présence. Par cette participation au projet divin, nous devenons des collaborateurs de Dieu. Quelle joie de pouvoir travailler avec le Seigneur !

Commencez tout par une prière : Que tout commence et se termine par une prière. Que cette prière soit la source de nos paroles et de nos actions. Jésus nous a montré ce chemin de la prière, par sa propre contemplation de la volonté du Père, afin qu'ils soient un, comme nous sommes UN. L'accomplissement de la volonté du Père lui donnait de la joie. Que notre joie se trouve dans cet accomplissement, en amenant tout le monde au Seigneur.

«‘Combien de pains avez-vous?’. Ils dirent: ‘Sept, et quelques petits poissons’»

 

Abbé Joan COSTA i Bou

(Barcelona, Espagne)

 

Aujourd'hui nous contemplons dans l'Evangile la multiplication des pains et des poissons. «De grandes foules —nous raconte l'évangéliste Matthieu— vinrent à lui» (Mt 15,30) au Seigneur. Des hommes et des femmes qui ont besoin du Christ, des aveugles, des boiteux et beaucoup d'autres infirmes, ainsi que ceux qui les accompagnent. Nous aussi nous avons besoin du Christ, de sa tendresse, de son pardon, de sa lumière, de sa miséricorde... En Lui nous trouvons la plénitude de tout ce qui est humain.

L'Évangile d'aujourd'hui nous fait aussi nous rendre compte qu'il est nécessaire que des hommes conduisent les autres vers Jésus-Christ. Ceux qui amènent les infirmes à Jésus pour qu'Il les guérisse sont l'image de tous ceux qui savent que la plus grande preuve de charité envers le prochain c'est de l'approcher du Christ, source de toute Vie. Une vie de foi exige, donc, la sainteté et l'apostolat.

Saint Paul nous exhorte à avoir les mêmes dispositions que le Christ Jésus (cf. Ph 2,5). Notre récit nous montre son cœur: «J'ai pitié de cette foule» (Mt 15,32). Il ne peut pas les abandonner car ils sont affamés et fatigués. Le Christ cherche l’homme dans le besoin et il feint de le rencontrer par hasard. Que le Seigneur est bon! Et que nous sommes importants à ses yeux! Quand il y songe, le cœur humain se dilate plein de gratitude, d'admiration et d'un désir sincère de conversion.

Ce Dieu fait homme, tout-puissant et qui nous aime passionnément, et dont nous avons besoin en tout et pour tout —«car, en dehors de moi, vous ne pouvez rien faire» (Jn 15,5)— a aussi, paradoxalement, besoin de nous: telle est la signification des sept pains et des quelques petits poissons dont il se servira pour nourrir une grande foule. Si nous savions à quel point Jésus s'appuie sur nous, et la valeur que possède à Ses yeux tout ce que nous faisons, pour aussi peu que ce soit, nous lui montrerions chaque fois mieux notre plus entière reconnaissance.

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Gospel text

(Mt 4:18-22): 

 

As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him.

He walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him.

 

The Application

 

One of the wisest of the Lord's apostles. He invited his brother Simon to meet the Lord, and brought Nicodemus to the Lord, a true disciple of John the Baptist, who would become a disciple of Christ, according to his master's wish. He who knew how to follow Christ, will make a good connection for others, with a discernment of time and moment, to the people who seek the Lord and find Him, at the opportune moment, according to the will of his Master.

 

Personally, I would like to be like him, always looking for the dwelling place of God, searching for Him and once found, leading the people to Christ. From time to time, I must know how to abandon everything and empty myself, so that the Lord may fill me with his grace. It is in this emptying that He wishes to lead me towards divine richness.

 

Come behind me' is not just to be his disciple, but more deeply, to be his friends, his beloved. He will make me discover all that the Father would like to tell me. He is going to make me participate in his joy, and that I make his deep desire my own, that this joy be complete. It is in this joy that others become his disciples. Let us all become, in the image of Christ, by our witnessing life, bearers of the Father's joy.

 

Action of the day: Be a sign of God’s joy.

"I will make you fishers of men."

 

Prof. Dr. Mons. Lluís CLAVELL

(Roma, Italy)

 

Today, is St. Andrew's Day, apostle, a festivity celebrated in a solemn way amongst Eastern Orthodox Christians. He was one of the two young men that met Jesus by the river Jordan and had a long conversation with him. He first found his own brother Simon, and told him “We have found the Messiah” and he brought him to Jesus (cf. Jn 1:41-42). Shortly afterwards, Jesus called these two fishermen brothers, as we read in today's Gospel: “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Mt 4:19). In the same village there were two other brothers, James and John, friends and chums of the first ones, and fishermen like them. And Jesus also invited them to follow him. It is nice to see how they leave everything and follow him “at once”, a word that is repeated in both cases. We cannot tell Jesus: “afterwards”, “later on”, “I'm busy now”...

To each one of us —to all Christians— Jesus is also asking every day to place at his service whatever we are and whatever we have —that means to leave everything, not to have anything of our own— so that, while Jesus is accompanying us in our professional and familial obligations, we may become “fishermen for people”. What does it mean to be “fishermen for people”? A nice answer might be a commentary by St. John Chrysostom. This Father and Doctor of the Church says that Andrew did not know how to explain to his brother Peter who Jesus was and, consequently, he “brought him to the very source of light”, that is, Jesus Christ. “To fish men” means to help all those around us, in our family and in our work, to find Christ who is the only light for our route.

 

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Texte de l'Évangile

(Mt 4,18-22): 

 

Comme il marchait au bord du lac de Galilée, il vit deux frères, Simon, appelé Pierre, et son frère André, qui jetaient leurs filets dans le lac: c'étaient des pêcheurs. Jésus leur dit: «Venez derrière moi, et je vous ferai pêcheurs d'hommes». Aussitôt, laissant leurs filets, ils le suivirent. Plus loin, il vit deux autres frères, Jacques, fils de Zébédée, et son frère Jean, qui étaient dans leur barque avec leur père, en train de préparer leurs filets. Il les appela. Aussitôt, laissant leur barque et leur père, ils le suivirent.

 

L’Application

 

L'un des plus sages des apôtres du Seigneur. Il a invité son frère Simon à rencontrer le Seigneur, et a amené Nicodème au Seigneur, un vrai disciple de Jean le Baptiste, qui deviendra disciple du Christ, selon le souhait de son maître. Celui qui a su suivre le Christ, fera une bonne connexion pour les autres, avec un discernement du temps et du moment, vers les personnes qui cherchent le Seigneur et le trouvent, au moment opportun, selon la volonté de son Maître.

Personnellement, j'aimerais être comme lui, toujours à la recherche de la demeure de Dieu, le chercher et une fois trouvé, conduire les gens au Christ. De temps en temps, je dois savoir tout abandonner et me vider, afin que le Seigneur puisse me remplir de sa grâce. C'est dans ce vidage qu'Il veut me conduire vers la richesse divine. 

Venir derrière moi", ce n'est pas seulement être son disciple, mais plus profondément, être ses amis, son bien-aimé. Il va me faire découvrir tout ce que le Père voudrait me dire. Il va me faire participer à sa joie, et que je fasse mien son désir profond, que cette joie soit complète. C'est dans cette joie que d'autres deviennent ses disciples. Devenons tous, à l'image du Christ, par notre vie de témoignage, porteurs de la joie du Père.

«Je vous ferai pêcheurs d'hommes»

 

Prof. Dr. Mgr. Lluís CLAVELL

(Roma, Italie)

 

Aujourd'hui, c'est la fête de saint André, apôtre, célébrée solennellement par les chrétiens d'Orient. André fut l'un des deux premiers jeunes hommes qui firent la connaissance de Jésus sur les berges du Jourdain et qui eurent une longue conversation avec Lui. Il alla tout de suite chercher son frère Pierre, en lui disant «Nous avons trouvé le Messie» et il l'emmena à Jésus (Jn 2,41). Peu de temps après, Jésus appela ces deux frères pêcheurs devenus ses amis, comme nous le lisons dans l'Évangile du jour: «Venez derrière moi, et je vous ferai pêcheurs d'hommes» (Mt 4,19). Dans le même village, il y avait aussi une autre paire de frères, Jacques et Jean, compagnons et amis des premiers, pêcheurs comme eux. Jésus les appela aussi à sa suite. Il est merveilleux de voir qu'ils laissèrent tout et le suivirent “aussitôt”, mot repris dans les deux cas. L'on ne doit pas dire à Jésus: “après”, “plus tard”, “maintenant j'ai trop de travail”…

À chacun d'entre nous aussi —à tous les chrétiens— Jésus demande chaque jour de mettre à son service tout ce que nous sommes et tout ce que nous possédons —tout quitter, ne rien avoir en propre—, pour que, vivant avec Lui nos tâches professionnelles et domestiques, nous soyons des "pêcheurs d'hommes". Et que veut dire “pêcheurs d'hommes”? Une jolie réponse nous vient d'un commentaire de saint Jean Chrysostome. Ce père et docteur de l'Église observe qu'André ne savait pas bien expliquer à son frère Pierre qui était Jésus, et c'est pourquoi il «l'emmena à la source même de la lumière», Jésus. “Pêcher des hommes” signifie aider ceux qui nous entourent, dans la famille, dans le travail, à trouver le Christ, unique lumière pour notre chemin.

 

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Gospel text

(Mt 8:5-11):

 

 When he entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.” He said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I too am a person subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the kingdom of heaven.”

 

The Application

 

As I read this gospel, I would like to share with you three points that can help us to live this gospel in a concrete way.

 

Self-knowledge: This centurion has become aware of his power, of the power of his word, but also of his inability to heal his servant. Faced with this inability, he seeks the source and discovers in Jesus the divine power that can save and heal his servant.  

 

Faith: Faith is a gift from God, a gift that God has already put in our hearts. All we have to do is apply it in our daily lives. Faith helps us to discover the divine presence in our daily lives and to trust in the God who loves us. This centurion expresses his faith before Jesus, who is visible only to divine eyes. Jesus reveals the depth of his faith and invites us to imitate him.

 

 

His humility and humanity: Humility is a fruit of faith. Like Jesus who said to his Father, "Thy will be done", we are all called to seek the divine will and to do it. Our humility is therefore not necessarily a lowering of our humanity, but a fulfilment of the purpose of that humanity. In this way, we allow God to act in us, and through this divine action we praise God, in word and deed. Jesus does not only praise his faith, but also his humanity. The more human we become, in our humanity, to the man of the day, we will be like the Godhead. 

 

Action of the day: Know thyself, because everything begins in you, not outside, including the divine call.

“I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.”

 

Fr. Joaquim MESEGUER García

(Rubí, Barcelona, Spain)

 

Today, Capernaum is our city and our village, where there are sick people, some we know, others anonymous, often forgotten because of the hectic rhythm of life that we lead. Loaded with work, we rush about non-stop without thinking of those who, due to their illness or for whatever other circumstance, remain marginalised from the frenetic activity of our world. However, Jesus told us: “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Mt 25:40). The great thinker Blaise Pascal follows this idea when he says “in his believers, Jesus finds himself in the agony of Gethsemane until the end of time”.

The centurion of Capernaum does not forget about his servant who is ill in bed, because he loves him. In spite of being more powerful and having more authority than his servant, the centurion is grateful to him because of all his years of help and appreciates him very much. Because of that, he approaches Jesus, and in the Saviour's presence, manages to make an extraordinary confession of faith, seen in the liturgy of the Eucharist: “I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed” (Mt 8:8). This confession is based on hope; it comes from the centurion's faith in the Lord and, at the same time, from his feeling of lack personal worthiness, which makes him aware of his own neediness.

We can only approach Jesus with a humble attitude, like that of the centurion. That way we can live the hope of Advent: the hope of salvation and life, of reconciliation and peace. Only he, who acknowledges his poverty and realizes that the meaning of life is not to be found in himself, but in God, in turning his life over to Him, can really have hope. Let's approach Christ confidently, and, at the same time, make the centurion's prayer our own.

 

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