Publié le 22 Novembre 2021

Gospel text

(Lk 21,5-11): 

 

While some people were talking about the Temple, remarking that it was adorned with fine stonework and rich gifts, Jesus said to them, «The days will come when there shall not be left one stone upon another of all that you now admire; all will be torn down».

And they asked him, «Master, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?». Jesus then said, «Take care not to be deceived, for many will come claiming my title and saying: ‘I am he, the Messiah; the time is at hand’. Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and troubled times, don't be frightened; for all this must happen first, even though the end is not so soon». And Jesus said, «Nations will fight each other and kingdom will oppose kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and plagues; in many places strange and terrifying signs from heaven will be seen».

 

The Application

 

Human pride will end miserably, for it serves no one, not even the person who holds it. In contrast, humility with an open heart gives access to all, gathering all goods, in the service of humanity. It is in this service to humanity that man can meet God and will have the possibility of hearing Him.  We don't need any exterior signs to know the second coming of Jesus.   

 

The place of worship, even today, is a place of gathering of the people of God, a sacred place of stones and gifts. Yet we are invited to worship God in Spirit and in Truth, as the Lord has invited the woman at the well of Jacob. This worship is only possible in the heart and in our soul, where the true divine dwelling place is.

 

Our dependence on external elements, including divine signs, not only hinders us from moving towards the Lord, towards the path of holiness, but is also capable of destroying all that God has established in us. Let us learn to trust in God and to live our lives fully in love and mercy. And, there will be no surprise.

 

Action of the day: Stop worrying about future, live in the present, in joy and peace.

«There shall not be left one stone upon another»

 

+ Fr. Antoni ORIOL i Tataret

(Vic, Barcelona, Spain)

 

Today, astounded, we listen to the Lord's severe warning: «The days will come when there shall not be left one stone upon another of all that you now admire; all will be torn down» (Lk 21:6). Jesus' words can be placed in the antipodes of the so called “indefinite human progress culture” or, if preferred, of the unstoppable evolution of some techno/scientific and political/military leaders of the human species.

Where from? Where to? This, nobody knows and nobody can tell, other than, in the last instance, a supposed eternal matter that denies God while, at the same time, usurping his attributes. Amazing, how they try to make us swallow it hook, line and sinker, who, on their side, refuse to accept the temporality and precarious status typical of our human condition!

As disciples of the Son of God-Made-Man, Jesus, we hear his very words and, while making them ours, we ponder over them. He is saying: «Take care not to be deceived!» (Lk 21:8). This is asserted by He, Who came to bear witness of the truth, while affirming that those belonging to the truth listen to his voice.

And He adds: «The end is not so soon» (Lk 21:9). Which means, on the one hand, that we still have time for salvation and we must take advantage of that; and, on the other, that the end will come, anyway. Yes, Jesus, will come «to judge the living and the dead», as we profess in the Creed.

Dear readers of Contemplating Today's Gospel, dear brothers and friends: a few verses further down this fragment I'm commenting now, Jesus encourages us and consoles us with these words that I repeat in his name: «By your endurance you will gain your souls!» (Lk 21:19).

By trying to be a warm and cordial echo of these words, and with the energy of a Christian hymn, we shall exhort one another: «Let us persevere, as we are already attaining the summit with our hands!».

 

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Texte de l'Évangile

(Lc 21,5-11): 

 

Certains parlaient du Temple, admirant la beauté des pierres et les dons des fidèles. Jésus leur dit: «Ce que vous contemplez, des jours viendront où il n'en restera pas pierre sur pierre: tout sera détruit».

Ils lui demandèrent: «Maître, quand cela arrivera-t-il, et quel sera le signe que cela va se réaliser?». Jésus répondit: «Prenez garde de ne pas vous laisser égarer, car beaucoup viendront sous mon nom en disant: ‘C'est moi’, ou encore: ‘Le moment est tout proche’. Ne marchez pas derrière eux! Quand vous entendrez parler de guerres et de soulèvements, ne vous effrayez pas: il faut que cela arrive d'abord, mais ce ne sera pas tout de suite la fin». Alors Jésus ajouta: «On se dressera nation contre nation, royaume contre royaume. Il y aura de grands tremblements de terre, et çà et là des épidémies de peste et des famines; des faits terrifiants surviendront, et de grands signes dans le ciel».

 

L’Application

 

L'orgueil humain se termine misérablement, car il ne sert personne, pas même celui qui le détient. En revanche, l'humilité au cœur ouvert donne accès à tous, rassemblant tous les biens, au service de l'humanité. C'est dans ce service de l'humanité que l'homme pourra rencontrer Dieu et aura la possibilité de l'entendre.  Nous n'avons pas besoin de signes extérieurs pour connaître la seconde venue de Jésus.   

Le lieu de culte, aujourd'hui encore, est un lieu de rassemblement du peuple de Dieu, un lieu sacré de pierres et de dons. Pourtant, nous sommes invités à adorer Dieu en Esprit et en Vérité, comme le Seigneur a invité la femme au puits de Jacob. Cette adoration n'est possible que dans le cœur et dans notre âme, là où se trouve la véritable demeure divine.

Notre dépendance à l'égard des éléments extérieurs, y compris les signes divins, non seulement nous empêche d'avancer vers le Seigneur, vers le chemin de la sainteté, mais elle est aussi capable de détruire tout ce que Dieu a établi en nous. Apprenons à faire confiance à Dieu et à vivre pleinement notre vie dans l'amour et la miséricorde. Et, il n'y aura pas de surprise. 

«Des jours viendront où il n'en restera pas pierre sur pierre»

 

+ Abbé Antoni ORIOL i Tataret

(Vic, Barcelona, Espagne)

 

Aujourd'hui, nous écoutons étonnés le sévère avertissement du Seigneur: «Ce que vous contemplez, des jours viendront où il n'en restera pas pierre sur pierre: tout sera détruit» (Lc 21,6). Ces paroles de Jésus sont aux antipodes d'une autre qui se nomme "culture du progrès infini de l'humanité" ou plutôt de quelques petits cerveaux technoscientifiques et politico-militaires de l'espèce humaine, en une imparable évolution.

À partir d'où? Jusqu'où? Ça, personne ne le sait ni ne peut le savoir, à l'exception, en dernière instance, d'une soi-disant matière éternelle qui nie Dieu en usurpant ses attributs. Comme ils essaient de nous faire communier à des roues de moulin ceux qui rejettent la communion avec la finitude et la précarité propres de la condition humaine!

Nous, les disciples du Fils de Dieu fait homme, de Jésus, nous écoutons ses paroles et, les faisant nôtre, nous les méditons. Voici ce qu'Il nous dit: «Prenez garde de ne pas vous laisser égarer» (Lc 21,8). C'est Celui qui est venu rendre témoignage à la vérité qui nous le dit, en affirmant que ceux qui sont dans la vérité écoutent sa voix.

Et voici encore qu'Il nous assure: «Ce ne sera pas tout de suite la fin» (Lc 21,9). Ce qui veut dire, d'un côté, que nous disposons d'un temps pour nous sauver et qu'il nous appartient d'en profiter; et, d'un autre côté, qu'en en tout cas la fin viendra. Oui, Jésus viendra «juger les vivants et les morts», comme nous le confessons dans le Credo.

Lecteurs de Contempler l'Évangile d'aujourd'hui, chers frères et amis: quelques versets plus loin, Jésus nous encourage et nous console par ces autres paroles qu'en son nom je vous répète: «Celui qui persévèrera jusqu’au bout sera sauvé» (Lc 21,19).

En une résonnance cordiale, exhortons-nous les uns les autres avec l'énergie d'un hymne chrétien catalan: «Persévérons, car nous touchons déjà la cime de la main!».

 

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Gospel text

(Lk 21,1-4): 

 

Jesus looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasure box; He also saw a poor widow dropping in two small coins. And he said, «Truly, I tell you, this poor widow put in more than all of them. For all gave an offering from their plenty, but she, out of her poverty, gave all she had to live on».

 

The Application

 

Today’s event gives us a beautiful narration of Jesus and the way He looks at each and every one of us. In the crowd, He could identify Zacchaeus, and in a noisy surrounding, he could hear Bartimaeus, the blind, and even in the closed door, he could identify Nicodemus. Let’s be sure, that He sees you and me, here and now.

 

The story of today’s gospel teaches us two important things. First, the gaze of God. Nothing goes unnoticed by God. This loving and merciful gaze assures us of his benevolence and assurance. Let us not be afraid to be ourselves, in our simplicity and sincerity. God appreciates the heart that surrenders to God. We must continually pray this prayer, 'Lord, I surrender to You, may You take me in grace and bless me.

 

Secondly, the faith and trust of this woman. How possible it was for this woman, that she could give everything to God, like the woman of Zarephath, to the prophet Elijah. Let us imitate her faith and learn from her to give ourselves to God, not from our superfluousness, but from our indigence. Even the poor can be generous materially, but what about you? Before this woman, how poor are you and how generous are you?  

 

Action of the day: Surrender yourself to God.

«She, out of her poverty, gave all she had to live on»

 

Fr. Àngel Eugeni PÉREZ i Sánchez

(Barcelona, Spain)

 

Today, as it happens so often, small things go by unnoticed: small alms, small sacrifices, small prayers (jaculatory prayers); but what, at times, may look small and unimportant, it frequently represents the warp and also the culmination of master works: be it great works of art, be it the maximum goods deeds of personal saintliness.

Because these small things are mostly unnoticed, their bona fide intention is out of question: we are not to seek in them neither recognition nor human glory. Only God will discover them in our heart, in the same way as only Jesus could see the poor widow's generosity. It is more than certain that poor woman did not play trumpets to announce what she was doing, and it is even possible she was ashamed and felt ridiculous before the eyes of the wealthy, who, while offering splendid gifts into the treasure box, were making others feel admired at their liberality. Yet, that woman's unselfishness, that caused her to drop the two small coins despite her poverty, deserved the Lord's praise: «Truly, I tell you, this poor widow put in more than all of them. For all gave an offering from their plenty, but she, out of her poverty, gave all she had to live on» (Lk 21:3-4).

The widow's generosity is a good lesson for us, Christ's disciples. We can be extremely generous, as the wealthy people that were «putting their gifts into the treasure box» (Lk 21:1). But, none of this will be worth the while if we only give “from our plenty”, without any loving or generous spirit, without offering ourselves along. St. Augustine says: «They looked at the great offerings from the wealthy and they praised them for that. And, even if the could see the widow later on, how many did notice those two coins...? She gave whatever she had, for she had God in her heart. But she had plenty, for she had God in her heart. It is better to have God in our soul than gold in the safe». Quite true: Let us be generous with God and He will be much more so with us.

 

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Publié le 21 Novembre 2021

Texte de l'Évangile

(Lc 21,1-4): 

 

Levant les yeux, il vit les gens riches qui mettaient leurs offrandes dans le tronc du trésor. Il vit aussi une veuve misérable y déposer deux piécettes. Alors il déclara: «En vérité, je vous le dis: cette pauvre veuve a mis plus que tout le monde. Car tous ceux-là ont pris sur leur superflu pour faire leur offrande, mais elle, elle a pris sur son indigence: elle a donné tout ce qu'elle avait pour vivre».

 

L’Application

 

Cette histoire nous enseigne deux choses importantes. Premièrement, le regard de Dieu. Rien ne passe inaperçu aux yeux de Dieu. Ce regard aimant et miséricordieux nous assure de sa bienveillance et de son assurance. N'ayons pas peur d'être nous-mêmes, dans notre simplicité et notre sincérité. Dieu apprécie le cœur qui s'abandonne à lui. Nous devons continuellement faire cette prière : "Seigneur, je m'abandonne à Toi, que Tu me prennes en grâce et me bénisses".

Deuxièmement, la foi et la confiance de cette femme. Comme il était possible pour cette femme, qu'elle puisse tout donner à Dieu, comme la femme de Zarephath, au prophète Élie. Imitons sa foi et apprenons d'elle à nous donner à Dieu, non pas à partir de notre superflu, mais de notre indigence. Même les pauvres peuvent être généreux matériellement, mais qu'en est-il de vous ? Devant cette femme, à quel point es-tu pauvre et à quel point es-tu généreux ?  

«Elle a pris sur son indigence: elle a donné tout ce qu'elle avait pour vivre»

 

Abbé Àngel Eugeni PÉREZ i Sánchez

(Barcelona, Espagne)

 

Aujourd'hui, comme toujours il y a des petites choses qui passent inaperçues, petites aumônes, petits sacrifices, petites prières (jaculatoires), mais ce qui semble petit et sans importance constitue parfois la matière ainsi que la finition des chefs d'œuvre: il en est ainsi des chefs d'œuvre en art et de l'œuvre maximale de la sainteté personnelle.

Du fait qu'elles passent inaperçues, l'honnête intention de ces petites choses est garantie: en les accomplissant nous ne cherchons pas la reconnaissance d'autrui ni la gloire humaine. Seul Dieu les découvrira dans nos cœurs, ainsi que Jésus est le seul à reconnaître la générosité de la veuve. Il est quasiment certain que la pauvre femme n'a pas annoncé son geste par une fanfare de trompettes et il se pourrait même qu'elle ait eu honte et se soit sentie ridicule face au regard des riches qui donnaient des sommes importantes et se vantaient de cela. Néanmoins, sa générosité, qui lui donne des forces au milieu de son indigence, a mérité l'éloge du Seigneur qui voit dans le cœur des hommes: «En vérité, je vous le dis: cette pauvre veuve a mis plus que tout le monde. Car tous ceux-là ont pris sur leur superflu pour faire leur offrande, mais elle, elle a pris sur son indigence: elle a donné tout ce qu'elle avait pour vivre» (Lc 21, 3-4).

La générosité de la pauvre veuve est une bonne leçon pour nous tous, les disciples du Christ. Nous pouvons donner beaucoup, comme les riches «les gens riches qui mettaient leurs offrandes dans le tronc du trésor» (Lc 21,1) mais rien de cela n'aura de la valeur si nous donnons "des restes", sans amour ni esprit de générosité, sans faire une offrande de nous-mêmes. Saint Augustin nous dit: «Ils regardaient les grandes offrandes des riches, en les louant pour cela. Même si après ils ont vu la veuve, combien d'entre eux ont vu ses deux piécettes? Elle a donné tout ce qu'elle possédait. Et elle avait beaucoup car elle avait Dieu dans son cœur. Mieux vaut avoir Dieu dans son âme que de l'or dans le tronc du trésor». Et c'est vrai: si nous sommes généreux avec Dieu, Il le sera encore plus avec nous.

 

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Publié le 21 Novembre 2021

We end the liturgical year by celebrating the feast of Christ the King, a king of our heart, mind and soul. A king chosen by God, not to dominate or judge us, but simply to show us the way of truth, giving his life for the salvation of the world, and that divine hope may remain alive for an eternity in the hearts of men. It was God's true dream that Jesus came to fulfil. When we are deep in sleep, we dream, and Daniel saw another vision, like St Joseph, a divine dream, God dreams in us. God speaks to us in the depth of our heart, sometime in deep darkness, sometime in the burning bush, sometime in the murmuring sound of the breeze.  Like Daniel and John; who saw the divine mystery, the encounter of the Father with his beloved Son, giving Him the power and confidence, God desires us to have the same encounter and to share with us, the grace in abundance.

If Jesus taught us to pray to the Father saying, "Thy Kingdom come", what He needs from us is that we become members of His Kingdom and accept His Kingship and His golden rule: Love one another as I have loved you. It is in this love that is best expressed in mercy that the world recognises every Christian. ST. James says, ‘by your love, let them know that we are Christians.’

The dialogue between Pilate and Jesus demonstrates two truths, one held by Jesus, according to the world to come, the world of God, and the truth held by Pilate, the truth held by this world. Jesus tells Him that Pilate doesn’t have the truth. He simply has chosen to believe what others have represented to him.  He had all the means to be able to verify the information he received, yet he wanted to choose the truth represented by his friends, the chosen ones of society. The truth held by this world is conditioned by personal and social or religious interests than love and mercy. Jesus in truth helps Pilate to recognise that he is not in the truth and invites him to convert, freeing Jesus, the innocent. Unfortunately, Pilate rejects the divine proposal.

Pilate's words remind us of the dialogue between God the Creator and the world's first parent. It is not me, it is the other. Jesus would like Pilate to assume his own responsibility. It is no longer the others, but you, you alone, who are responsible. There is a big difference between the world of today and the world of God. Each one of us must assume our own responsibility and at every moment of our lives we must bear witness to the truth. And this truth will save us. The moment we bear witness to the truth, truth revealed to us, by the Father, we become the true disciples of the Lord, the beloved of the Father. Through this truth we belong to that royal people, chosen by God, to glorify and praise him. By this act, we not only become true friends of Christ, but also, our acts will be de facto transformed as divine works. There we will learn to act not only in truth, but also to act in righteousness, without fear.

In truth, we will discover justice and apply it in love and mercy. It is not in fear or anger that we qualify our actions. Pilate was afraid and so were the people of Jerusalem. They were afraid of losing their power, glory and might. The result of such an orientation ends up with an error of judgement and cost the life of an innocent man. They wished Jesus to be their king and wisely Jesus took distance from their wish.  

Today, Jesus shows us another way, full of love and mercy, a way of peace and reconciliation, a way of truth and life, rooted in faith and charity. This Kingdom of God is here, at present, yet it is not of this world, Jesus tells us. Friends of Christ, I invite you to recognise this Kingdom and to become a member of it, AMEN. 

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Publié le 19 Novembre 2021

Gospel text

(Lk 20,27-40): 

 

Some Sadducees arrived. These people claim that there is no resurrection and they asked Jesus this question, «Master, in the Scripture Moses told us: ‘If anyone dies leaving a wife but no children, his brother must take the wife, and the child to be born will be regarded as the child of the deceased man’. Now, there were seven brothers; the first married a wife, but he died without children; and the second and the third took the wife; in fact all seven died leaving no children. Last of all the woman died. On the day of the resurrection, to which of them will the woman be wife? For the seven had her as wife».

And Jesus replied, «Taking husband or wife is proper to people of this world, but for those who are considered worthy of the world to come and of resurrection from the dead, there is no more marriage. Besides, they cannot die for they are like the angels. They too are sons and daughters of God because they are born of the resurrection. Yes, the dead will be raised, and even Moses implied it in the passage about the burning bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. For He is God of the living and not of the dead, and for him all are alive».

Some teachers of the Law then agreed with Jesus, «Master, you have spoken well». They didn't dare to ask him anything else.

 

The Application

 

 

Very often I discourage people to look at heaven and all the rewards that God has promised to us, including the resurrection. Though it is our hope and the root of our faith, the present life and the way I live this is more important to me. It is important to me, because, it is what I can do and asked to do. What comes after is fully of divine mercy and generosity. Very often we waste our time either counting the good we have done, or the evil committed in our present or past days. Where, this work is entrusted to God’s Angel. However, it’s good to listen to Jesus and learn from Him of divine mysteries and the truth about after-life.

Jesus shows us the difference between the world we live in and the world to come. The world to come is totally different from this world, and we cannot understand everything. Yet Jesus tells us that we will understand it later. He tells us that the resurrection is not a dream or a utopia, but that it will be a reality.

 

He reveals that in the world to come we will be able to live as angels of the Lord, praising God, for all eternity. In this world we are so connected to God that everything will depend on him, including our needs. As God cares for the angels in heaven, so he will care for us. A life totally lived for God on earth, God will raise it, like the angels, to heaven.

 

Action of the day: Live in the present.

 

«For He is God of the living and not of the dead, and for him all are alive»

 

Fr. Ramon CORTS i Blay

(Barcelona, Spain)

 

Today, God's word deals with the outstanding matter of the resurrection from the dead. It is peculiar that, as the Sadducees did, we keep on asking useless and pointless questions. We try to explain the substance of afterlife with world criteria, when in the world to come everything is different: «But for those who are considered worthy of the world to come and of resurrection from the dead, there is no more marriage» (Lk 20:35). Setting off from wrong criteria leads you to wrong conclusions.

Should we love each other more and better, we would not be surprised to see that, in Heaven, there is not the exclusive kind of love we have down here, otherwise normal for us because of our limited intelligence, but which makes it very difficult for us to get away from our closer circles. In Heaven we shall all love each other with a pure heart, without any feelings of envy or distrust, and, not only husband and wife, our sons or those or our own blood, but everybody, without exception nor language country, race or culture discriminations, for «true love attains a great strength» (St. Paulinus of Nola).

These words of the Scripture coming out of Jesus' lips are very convenient for us. They indeed are, for, it could happen to us that, in the maelstrom of our daily chores that do not allow us any time to think, and influenced by an environmental culture that denies eternal life, we should be doubtful with regards to the resurrection of the dead. Yes, it is very convenient that the same Lord tells us there will be a future beyond the destruction of our body and of this passing world: «Yes, the dead will be raised, and even Moses implied it in the passage about the burning bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. For He is God of the living and not of the dead, and for him all are alive» (Lk 20:37-38).

 

 

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Publié le 19 Novembre 2021

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(Lc 20,27-40): 

 

Des sadducéens -ceux qui prétendent qu'il n'y a pas de résurrection- vinrent trouver Jésus, et ils l'interrogent: «Maître, Moïse nous a donné cette loi: ‘Si un homme a un frère marié mais qui meurt sans enfant, qu'il épouse la veuve pour donner une descendance à son frère’. Or, il y avait sept frères: le premier se maria et mourut sans enfant; le deuxième, puis le troisième épousèrent la veuve, et ainsi tous les sept: ils moururent sans laisser d'enfants. Finalement la femme mourut aussi. Eh bien, à la résurrection, cette femme, de qui sera-t-elle l'épouse, puisque les sept l'ont eue pour femme?».

Jésus répond: «Les enfants de ce monde se marient. Mais ceux qui ont été jugés dignes d'avoir part au monde à venir et à la résurrection d'entre les morts ne se marient pas, car ils ne peuvent plus mourir: ils sont semblables aux anges, ils sont fils de Dieu, en étant héritiers de la résurrection. Quant à dire que les morts doivent ressusciter, Moïse lui-même le fait comprendre dans le récit du buisson ardent, quand il appelle le Seigneur: le Dieu d'Abraham, le Dieu d'Isaac, le Dieu de Jacob. Il n'est pas le Dieu des morts, mais des vivants; tous vivent en effet pour lui».

Alors certains scribes prirent la parole pour dire: «Maître, tu as bien parlé». Et ils n'osaient plus l'interroger sur quoi que ce soit.

 

L’Application

 

Jésus nous montre la différence entre le monde dans lequel nous vivons et le monde à venir. Le monde à venir est totalement différent de ce monde ci, et nous ne pouvons pas tout comprendre. Pourtant, Jésus nous dit que nous le comprendrons plus tard. Il nous dit que la résurrection n'est pas un rêve ou une utopie, mais qu'elle sera une réalité.

Il nous révèle que dans le monde à venir, nous pourrons vivre comme des anges du Seigneur, louant Dieu, pour toute l'éternité. Dans ce monde, nous sommes tellement liés à Dieu, que tout dépendra de lui, y compris nos besoins. Comme Dieu prend soin des anges du ciel, il prendra soin de nous aussi. Une vie totalement vécue pour Dieu sur terre, Dieu l'élèvera, comme les anges, au ciel.

 

«Il n'est pas le Dieu des morts, mais des vivants; tous vivent en effet pour lui»

 

Abbé Ramon CORTS i Blay

(Barcelona, Espagne)

 

Aujourd'hui, la parole de Dieu nous parle du sujet capital de la résurrection des morts. Curieusement, comme les Saducéens, nous aussi nous nous exténuons à poser des questions inutiles et mal placées. Nous voulons trouver une solution aux questions de l'au-delà en employant des critères d'ici bas, alors que dans le monde à venir tout sera différent: «Mais ceux qui ont été jugés dignes d'avoir part au monde à venir et à la résurrection d'entre les morts ne se marient pas» (Lc 20,35). Si nous partons de bases erronées nous arriverons à des conclusions erronées.

Si nous nous aimions plus et mieux, cela ne nous étonnerait pas qu'au ciel il n'existe pas cette exclusivité d'amour que nous vivons sur terre, cela se comprend car nous sommes limités, car il nous est difficile de sortir de notre cercle. Mais au ciel nous nous aimerons tous d'un cœur pur, sans jalousie ni envies, et non seulement notre époux ou épouse, nos enfants ou ceux de notre famille, mais tout le monde, sans exception ni discrimination de langue, pays, race ou culture, puisque «l'amour vrai atteint une grand force» (Saint Paulin de Nola)

Il est très salutaire d'entendre ces mots de l'écriture qui sortent de la bouche de Jésus lui-même. Cela nous fait du bien car il se pourrait qu'agités par tant de choses qui ne nous laissent même pas le temps de penser et subissant l'influence de la culture qui nous entoure qui semble nier l'existence de la vie éternelle, nous pourrions en arriver à douter de la résurrection des morts. Oui, cela nous fait du bien que le Seigneur lui-même nous dise qu'il y a un futur au-delà de la destruction de notre corps humain et de ce monde passager: «Quant à dire que les morts doivent ressusciter, Moïse lui-même le fait comprendre dans le récit du buisson ardent, quand il appelle le Seigneur: le Dieu d'Abraham, le Dieu d'Isaac, le Dieu de Jacob. Il n'est pas le Dieu des morts, mais des vivants; tous vivent en effet pour lui» (Lc 20, 37-38).

 

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Gospel text

(Lk 19,45-48): 

 

Jesus entered the Temple area and began to drive out the merchants. And He said to them, «God says in the Scriptures: ‘My house shall be a house of prayer’: but you have turned it into a den of robbers».Jesus was teaching every day in the Temple. The chief priests and teachers of the Law wanted to kill him and the elders of the Jews as well, but they were unable to do anything, for all the people were listening to him and hanging on his words.

 

The Application

 

 

The Lord fulfils the prophecy of Isaiah, reminding us that the Temple is a place of prayer, a place of divine encounter, a place to feel divine love. Jesus puts into practice all that he has taught the people.

 

With this very prophetic gesture, Jesus invites us to worship God in Spirit and in Truth. A new worship is proposed, a worship worthy of God. Let man recognise the House of God and learn to use it, not for the profit of merchandise, but for divine profit, to find the Lord in his house by listening to his Word, to be reconciled with God and be converted. Thus, to become a child of God again, the beloved of God.

 

Action of the day: Act as God beloved child.

«My house shall be a house of prayer»

 

Fr. Josep LAPLANA OSB

(Montserrat, Barcelona, Spain)

 

Today, Jesus' gesture is prophetic. As the old prophets used to do, He makes a symbolic action, full of future implications. By throwing away from the temple the merchants selling the victims for their offerings and evoking that «my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples» (Is 56:7), Jesus was announcing the new status He was about to commence, where the sacrifice of animals was out of question. St. John will define this new cultural relationship as «God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth» (Jn 4:24). The figure must give way to reality. St. Thomas Aquinas poetically said: «Et antiquum documentum / novo cedat ritui» («Lo! over ancient forms departing / newer rites of grace prevail»).

The New Rites are Jesus' Word. This is why St. Luke has joined to the scene of the purification of the temple Jesus preaching there every day. The new cult is centered in the prayer and in the audition of God's Word. But, in fact, the center's center of the Christian institution is the living person of the very Jesus, with his own flesh offered and his own blood shed at the Cross and given to us in the Eucharist. St. Thomas also beautifully remarks it: «Recumbens cum fratribus (...) se dat suis manibus» («Seated with His chosen band (...) gives Himself with His own hand»).

In the New Testament Jesus inaugurates, there is no need for veal or lamb merchants. In the same way as «all the people were listening to him and hanging on his words» (Lk 19:48), we do not have to go to the temple to make any sacrifices, but to receive Jesus, the true lamb sacrificed once for all when he offered himself for us (cf. Heb 7:27), and to join our life to His.

 

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(Lc 19,45-48): 

 

Jésus entra dans le Temple, et se mit à expulser les marchands. Il leur déclarait: «L'Écriture dit: ‘Ma maison sera une maison de prière’. Or vous, vous en avez fait une caverne de bandits». Il était chaque jour dans le Temple pour enseigner. Les chefs des prêtres et les scribes, ainsi que les notables, cherchaient à le faire mourir, mais ils ne trouvaient pas le moyen d'y arriver; en effet, le peuple tout entier était suspendu à ses lèvres.

 

L’Application

 

Le Seigneur accomplit la prophétie d'Isaïe, nous rappelant que le Temple est un lieu de prière, un lieu de rencontre divine, un lieu pour ressentir l'amour divin. Jésus met en pratique tout ce qu'il a enseigné au peuple.

Par ce geste très prophétique, Jésus nous invite à adorer Dieu en Esprit et en Vérité. Un nouveau culte est proposé, un culte digne de Dieu. Que l'homme reconnaisse la Maison de Dieu et apprenne à l'utiliser, non pas pour le profit de la marchandise, mais pour le profit divin, pour trouver le Seigneur dans sa maison en écoutant sa Parole, pour se réconcilier avec Dieu et se convertir. Pour redevenir un enfant de Dieu, le bien-aimé de Dieu.

 

«Ma maison sera une maison de prière»

 

Abbé Josep LAPLANA OSB

(Montserrat, Barcelona, Espagne)

 

Aujourd'hui, le geste de Jésus est prophétique. À la façon des anciens prophètes, Il réalise une action symbolique, pleine de sens pour l'avenir. En expulsant du temple les marchands qui vendaient les victimes destinées aux offrandes et en évoquant le fait que «la maison de Dieu sera une maison de prière» (Is 56,7), Jésus annonce la nouvelle situation qu'Il vient instaurer, où les sacrifices d'animaux n'ont plus leur place. Saint Jean définira le culte nouveau comme une «adoration du Père en esprit et en vérité» (Jn 4,24). La figure doit céder le pas à la réalité. Saint Thomas d'Aquin disait poétiquement: «Et antiquum documentum / novo cedat ritui» («Que l'Ancien Testament laisse la place au Nouveau»).

Le Rite Nouveau, c'est la parole de Jésus. Aussi saint Luc a-t-il uni à la scène de la purification du temple, une présentation de Jésus prêchant là chaque jour. Le culte nouveau est centré sur la prière et l'écoute de la Parole de Dieu. Mais en réalité, le centre du centre de l'institution chrétienne est la personne vivante de Jésus Lui-même, qui offre sa chair et répand son sang sur la croix et nous les donne dans l'Eucharistie. Saint Thomas le dit aussi avec élégance: «Recumbens cum fratribus (…) se dat suis manibus» («Assis à table avec ses frères (…) il se donne de ses propres mains»).

Dans le Nouveau Testament inauguré par Jésus les bœufs et les vendeurs d'agneaux ne sont plus nécessaires. Tout comme, «le peuple tout entier était suspendu à ses lèvres» (Lc 19,48), nous ne devons pas aller au temple pour immoler des victimes, mais pour recevoir Jésus, le véritable agneau immolé pour nous une fois pour toutes (cf. He 7,27), et unir notre vie à la sienne.

 

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Gospel text

(Lk 19,41-44): 

 

When Jesus had come in sight of the city, He wept over it and said, ‘If only today you knew the ways of peace! But now your eyes are held from seeing. Yet days will come upon you when your enemies will surround you with barricades and shut you in and press on you from every side. And they will dash you to the ground and your children with you, and leave not a stone within you, for you did not recognize the time and the visitation of your God».

 

The Application

 

Jesus weeps for you, for me and for all humanity, which has not recognised His presence, the divine presence in Him. When we say, the divine presence, we recognise the divine presence in the whole of creation. This creation is not only a divine work, but also the image of God. And so I respect, protect and accompany it. While remembering the dedication of the basilica of St. Peter and Paul, we remember the true divine home, the heart of every human being. Looking at the creation at large and the human being as part of it, loving the creation of God, including the human being, is loving the very divine being.

 

This loving and compassionate look at creation, respecting its diversity, helps us to build a healthy and just relationship, not only with our brothers and sisters, but also with the whole creation. There, not only will man discover the divine work, but the whole of creation will regain its beauty and majesty, as God intended right from the beginning of creation. In truth, Jesus does not weep for this chosen city of God, he weeps because man, the chosen people of God, who is called to continue the divine legacy, has lost his own divine identity, the image of God. 

 

Action of the day: See the world as a divine home.

«If only today you knew the ways of peace!»

 

Fr. Blas RUIZ i López

(Ascó, Tarragona, Spain)

 

Today, the image presented by the Gospel is that of Jesus «who wept over» (Lk 19:41) for the fate of the chosen city that did not recognize the time and visitation of its Savior. Knowing, as we do, the latest news about this city, it would be easy to apply this lamentation to the city which —is both— holy and a source of separation.

However, looking at it further beyond, we may identify that Jerusalem with the new chosen people, which is the Church, and —additionally— with the world where this Church must carry out its mission. If we proceed like that, we shall find a community that, having achieved the highest summits in the field of technology and science, groans and weeps over the fact it lives surrounded by the selfishness of its members, because it has erected around it a wall of violence and moral disorder, and because it hurls its sons all over, dragging them with the chains of a dehumanizing individualism. In short, what we shall find is people that did not know how to recognize the God visiting them (cf. Lk 19:44).

However, we Christians cannot just be stuck with our mourning, nor can we be misfortune foretellers, but rather, men of hope. We know the end of the story, we know Christ has tumbled down the walls and broken the chains: the tears He is shedding in this Gospel anticipate the blood, which He has saved us with.

In fact, Jesus is present in his Church, especially through those who are more needy. We must assume his presence to understand Christ's tenderness towards us. St. Ambrose tells us that His love is so transcendental, that He has made himself small and humble so that we can be great; He has accepted to be diapered like a new born baby, so that we can be liberated of the chains of sin; He has accepted to be nailed to the Cross so that we can appear amongst the stars of Heaven... This is why, we must thank God and discover amid us He who visits and redeems us.

 

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