Publié le 19 Avril 2020

Gospel text

(Jn 3,1-8): 

Among the Pharisees there was a ruler of the Jews named Nicodemus. He came to Jesus by night and said, «Rabbi, we know that you have come from God to teach us, for no one can perform miraculous signs like yours unless God is with him». Jesus replied, «Truly, I say to you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again from above».

Nicodemus said, «How can there be rebirth for a grown man? Who could go back to his mother's womb and be born again?». Jesus replied, «Truly, I say to you: No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Because of this, don't be surprised when I say: ‘You must be born again from above’. The wind blows where it pleases and you hear its sound, but you don't know where it comes from or where it is going. It is like that with everyone who is born of the Spirit».

The Application

Nicodemus comes looking for Jesus. He heard about Jesus, and was a witness to certain events. Like him, we need to listen and see the events happening around us. This conscious observation can help us to discover the presence of God. Nicodemus saw the divine works in Jesus and decided to get closer to Him.

Jesus invites Nicodemus to reborn, reborn of the Spirit. He understood nothing of this call, neither its implication, nor its fruit. It will be the same to the other disciples who will understand it after the event of Pentecost. A perfect knowledge of the Sacred Scriptures will not be enough for us to have faith. We must know to welcome the faith as a gift of the Holy Spirit, in humility. It is only in faith, with a look of faith, that man can understand the wonders of God.

 

Action of the day: Be open and patient

 

«No one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again from above»

Fr. Josep Mª MASSANA i Mola OFM
(Barcelona, Spain)

Today, «a ruler of the Jews» (Jn 3:1) comes to Jesus. The Gospel says he does it by night: what would his comrades say should they find out? In Jesus' teachings we find a baptismal catechesis that, most surely, circulated in the Evangelist community.

A few days ago we were still celebrating the Paschal Vigil. An integral part of it was the Baptism celebration, which is the Passover, a step from death to life. The solemn benediction of water and the renewal of baptismal promises were key points of that holy night.

In the baptism ritual there is an immersion in water (death symbol) and an emergence from water (a new life image). We are submerged in sin and we come out of it renewed. This is what Jesus calls «to be born from above» or «to be born again» (cf. Jn 3:3). This is “to be born of water”, “to be born of the Spirit” or “of the blowing wind...”.

Water and Spirit are the two symbols used by Jesus. Both express the action of the Holy Spirit that purifies and grants life, cleans and encourages, calms the thirst and breathes, smoothes and speaks. Water and Spirit make a single thing.

But Jesus also says the flesh is in opposition to the Spirit: «What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit» (Jn 3:6). Carnal man is humanly born when he appears down here. But the carnal man is defeated by the spiritual man, who is spiritually born in the Baptism. Which means to be born anew and of above. A beautiful formula by Saint Paul could be our reflection and action motto, mostly in this Paschal time: «Or are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life» (Rm 6:3-4).

 

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(Jn 3,1-8): 

Il y avait un pharisien nommé Nicodème; c'était un notable parmi les Juifs. Il vint trouver Jésus pendant la nuit. Il lui dit: «Rabbi, nous le savons bien, c'est de la part de Dieu que tu es venu nous instruire, car aucun homme ne peut accomplir les signes que tu accomplis si Dieu n'est pas avec lui». Jésus lui répondit: «Amen, amen, je te le dis: personne, à moins de renaître, ne peut voir le règne de Dieu».

Nicodème lui répliqua: «Comment est-il possible de naître quand on est déjà vieux? Est-ce qu'on peut rentrer dans le sein de sa mère pour naître une seconde fois?». Jésus répondit: «Amen, amen, je te le dis: personne, à moins de naître de l'eau et de l'Esprit, ne peut entrer dans le royaume de Dieu. Ce qui est né de la chair n'est que chair; ce qui est né de l'Esprit est esprit. Ne sois pas étonné si je t'ai dit qu'il vous faut renaître. Le vent souffle où il veut : tu entends le bruit qu'il fait, mais tu ne sais pas d'où il vient ni où il va. Il en est ainsi de tout homme qui est né du souffle de l'Esprit».

 

L’Application

Nicodème vient chercher Jésus. Il a entendu parler de Jésus, et lui-même était témoin de certains événements. Comme lui, nous devons écouter et voir les événements qui se passe autour de nous. Ce regard peut nous aider à découvrir la présence de Dieu. Nicodème a vu en Jésus les œuvres divines.

Jésus invite Nicodème à renaître, renaitre de l’Esprit. Il n’a rien compris et il le comprendra comme les autres disciples après l’événement de la pentecôte. Une connaissance parfaite des écritures sacrées ne nous suffira pas pour avoir la foi. Il faut savoir l’accueillir dans l’humilité, comme un don offert par l’Esprit Saint. Ce n’est que dans la foi, avec un regard de foi, que l’homme peut comprendre les merveilles de Dieu.

«Amen, amen, je te le dis: personne, à moins de renaître, ne peut voir le règne de Dieu»

 

Abbé Josep Mª MASSANA i Mola OFM
(Barcelona, Espagne)

Aujourd'hui un des «notables» (Jn 3,1) va à la rencontre de Jésus. L'Evangile nous dit que la rencontre a lieu pendant la nuit: que diraient ses compagnons s'ils étaient au courant de cette rencontre? Dans l'enseignement de Jésus nous découvrons une catéchèse de baptême qui circulait probablement à l'époque dans la communauté de l'Évangilisateur.

Il y a quelques jours nous célébrions la veillée pascale. Une partie de cette veillée comprend la célébration du baptême, la Pâque, le passage de la mort à la vie. La bénédiction solennelle de l'eau et le renouvellement des promesses du baptême sont des points clés de cette nuit sacrée.

Dans le rituel du baptême il y a une immersion dans l'eau (symbole de la mort), et une émergence de l'eau (image d'une vie nouvelle). Nous sommes immergés avec le péché originel et nous émergeons renouvelés. C'est cela que Jésus appelle «renaître» (cf. Jn 3,3). C'est cela “naître de l'eau”, “naître de l'esprit” ou “du souffle du vent”…

Eau et Esprit voilà les symboles employés par Jésus. Les deux expriment l'action de l'Esprit Saint qui purifie et donne la vie, qui nettoie et ranime, qui étanche la soif et respire, qui adoucit et parle. Eau et Esprit sont une et même chose.

En revanche, Jésus parle également de l'opposition de la chair et de l'esprit: «Ce qui est né de la chair n'est que chair; ce qui est né de l'Esprit est esprit» (Jn 3,6). L'homme charnel naît quand il apparaît ici-bas. Mais l'homme spirituel meurt dans sa chair et naît au moment du Baptême, ce qui veut dire renaître. Une belle formule de Saint Paul pourrait devenir notre sujet de réflexion et d'action, surtout en cette époque pascale: «Ne le savez-vous donc pas: nous tous, qui avons été baptisés en Jésus-Christ, c'est dans sa mort que nous avons été baptisés. Si, par le baptême dans sa mort, nous avons été mis au tombeau avec lui, c'est pour que nous menions une vie nouvelle, nous aussi, de même que le Christ, par la toute-puissance du Père, est ressuscité d'entre les morts» (Rm 6,3-4).

 

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Today the universal Church is celebrating the Divine Mercy Sunday. Mercy is another name of God. If we separate the two conjugated words in French (misericord), we will see, misery and heart. God is at the heart of man's misery, in the depth of his suffering. Lockdown weighs on us and some people in our community suffer more than others. Confinement or isolation is not good for morale or personal health, yet we know that it will do good for all of us, in its totality.

 

The first reading invites us to live these days in fraternal communion, in prayer and in the fear of God, because God is with us and especially today He suffers in us. Like the first Christian community, we are asked to recognize this divine presence in this world, even if it is invisible, and to live this life in God with joy, simplicity of heart and always open to God, even in our daily miseries and doubts.

 

Not everything that is palpable, visible, is the truth. Truth is hidden in realities that are obviously palpable and visible.  If Thomas sought the visible and palpable elements, it was certainly not all that was palpable and visible that led him to make the first profession of the world "My Lord and my God. "God was neither palpable nor visible in these realities. My friends, the Church invites us to connect to this truth of the divine presence in these realities of the day.

 

The gospel of the day tells us that "while the doors of the place where the disciples were, were locked ......Jesus was there in their midst. He said to them, "Peace be with you. "In this moment of confinement Jesus comes to us, even though we are inside our homes.  There is a gesture of the Lord that touches me deeply, "He breathed on them. "The Lord no longer comes alone, He comes with the Holy Spirit and this Spirit of truth will accompany us all our lives. That's why we are in joy and happiness.

 

Thanks to the Holy Spirit, there is an act that should spring from the deepest part of our heart, 'forgiveness'. We remain struck by the link between the gift of the Holy Spirit and the mission of reconciliation, of being reconciled with God. On this Sunday of divine mercy, let us be generous in forgiveness. Jesus came back not only for Thomas so that he may discover the Lord, the Risen One, but also to bring him this forgiveness, for his unbelief. Forgiveness is a fruit of faith, for in Jesus the Risen One we forgive one another. If we do not have faith, we cannot neither forgive nor abide in joy. Without faith, Covid-19 is able to take away all hope and joy from the hearts of men.

 

Jesus sends us to the society that is still looking for Signs. "Blessed are those who believe without having seen. "Let us be these signs of hope and joy. Let us announce the Good News of the divine presence. Good Sunday

 

 

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Gospel text

(Mk 16,9-15): 

 

After Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary of Magdala from whom He had driven out seven demons. She went and reported the news to his followers, who were now mourning and weeping. But when they heard that He lived and had been seen by her, they would not believe it. After this He showed himself in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. These men too went back and told the others, but they did not believe them. Later Jesus showed himself to the Eleven while they were at table. He reproached them for their unbelief and stubbornness in refusing to believe those who had seen him after he had risen. Then he told them, «Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation».

 

The Application

 

No one can live alone a Christian faith. We are a community of faithful or believers, not a group of individuals. Thus, we have an obligation of sharing our faith experience to encourage one another. It is in this same community which loves and takes care of every individual members, particularly the weaker ones in compassion that the external world identifies the miracle of new life, a life of love and charity.

Jesus wishes that we announce this witnessing Good News to the world. It is in this witnessing life that we can be effectively proclaim the Good News of living God, even today, in this lockdown period. We have to be a people of hope and endurance, because we feel and convinced that Christ is still alive and our personal life is animated by the Holt Spirit. It is in this personal and convinced life, filled with joy of the Gospel that we can assure others, those who don’t have faith, to search in us the source of our joy and happiness: Christ is Risen.

 

Action of the day: Be a sign of joy and hope to others.

«Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation»

Fr. Jacques PHILIPPE
(Cordes sur Ciel, France)

Today, relying on the risen Jesus, we must rediscover the Gospel as the "Good News". The Gospel is not a law that tyrannizes us. Occasionally, we may have fallen into the temptation of thinking that non-Christians are more tranquil than us and do what they want, whereas we have to abide by a list of commandments. This is a merely superficial view of things.

Personally, one of my biggest concerns is that the Gospel may always be presented as good news, happy news that fills our hearts with joy and consolation.

The teaching of Jesus is certainly demanding, but Thérèse of the Child Jesus helps us to really perceive it as a good news, since for her the Gospel is nothing but the revelation of God’s tenderness, of God’s mercy with each one of His children, and it points out to the laws of life that lead to happiness. The center of Christian life is to welcome with appreciation the kindness and the goodness of God - revelation of his merciful love - and allow us to be transformed by this love.

The spiritual journey taken by Saint Thérèse, the "little way", is an authentic way of holiness, a path with room for all, made in such a way that no one can get discouraged, neither the humblest nor the, poorest or more sinner. Thérèse anticipates thus the Vatican II Council that strongly affirms that holiness is not an exceptional way, but a call to all Christians, which nobody should be excluded from. Up to the most vulnerable and miserable men can respond to the call to holiness.

This Holiness consists of a «way all about confidence and love». Thus, «it is your arms, Jesus, which are the lift to carry me to Heaven (…).You, my God, have exceeded my hope, and I would like to sing your mercies' (St. Thérèse of Lisieux).

 

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(Mc 16,9-15): 

 

Ressuscité de grand matin, le premier jour de la semaine, Jésus apparut d'abord à Marie Madeleine, de laquelle il avait expulsé sept démons. Celle-ci partit annoncer la nouvelle à ceux qui, ayant vécu avec lui, s'affligeaient et pleuraient. Quand ils entendirent qu'il était vivant et qu'elle l'avait vu, ils refusèrent de croire. Après cela, il se manifesta sous un aspect inhabituel à deux d'entre eux qui étaient en chemin pour aller à la campagne. Ceux-ci revinrent l'annoncer aux autres, qui ne les crurent pas non plus. Enfin, il se manifesta aux Onze eux-mêmes pendant qu'ils étaient à table: il leur reprocha leur incrédulité et leur endurcissement parce qu'ils n'avaient pas cru ceux qui l'avaient vu ressuscité. Puis il leur dit: «Allez dans le monde entier. Proclamez la Bonne Nouvelle à toute la création».

 

L’Application

 

Quelle est cette Bonne Nouvelle que nous aimerions annoncer aujourd’hui ? Qu’Il est ressuscité …….ou qu’Il est vivant…….et comment? Nous devons l’annoncer par notre vie de témoignage, en vivant notre vie pleinement, dans la joie et dans l’amour. Nous devons la vivre par nos engagements positifs, par un exemple, par un appel, ou un rappel, etc ? Nous devons l’annoncer, par une aide financière, si nous avons les moyens. Nous devons l’annoncer, par simplement par notre confinement, etc.

La Bonne nouvelle nous affirme que ce Dieu est toujours vivant et Il prend soins de nous. Ce Dieu nous écoute, nous accompagne, et nous protège. En tant que croyants, nous devons êtres, les porteurs de l’espérance. « Allez dans le monde entier. Proclamez  la Bonne Nouvelle à toute la création. »

«Allez dans le monde entier. Proclamez la Bonne Nouvelle à toute la création»

Père Jacques PHILIPPE
(Cordes sur Ciel, France)

Aujourd'hui comptant sur Jésus ressuscité, nous devons redécouvrir l'Evangile comme une "bonne nouvelle". L'Evangile n'est pas une loi qui nous opprime. Nous avons pu parfois tomber dans la tentation de penser que ceux qui ne sont pas chrétiens sont plus tranquilles que nous et font ce qu'ils veulent, alors que nous nous devons obéir à une liste de commandements. C'est une vision des choses purement superficielle.

Personnellement, une de mes principales préoccupations est que l'Evangile se présente toujours comme une bonne nouvelle, une nouvelle joyeuse, qui nous remplit le cœur de joie et de consolation.

L'enseignement de Jésus est évidemment exigeant, mais Sainte Thérèse de l'Enfant Jésus nous aide à le percevoir réellement comme une bonne nouvelle, car pour elle l'Evangile n'est rien d'autre que la révélation de la tendresse de Dieu, de la miséricorde de Dieu pour chacun de ses enfants, et qu'il indique les lois de la vie qui mènent au bonheur. Le centre de la vie chrétienne est d'accueillir avec reconnaissance la tendresse et la bonté de Dieu – révélation de son amour miséricordieux – et de se laisser transformer par cet amour.

L'itinéraire spirituel pris par la petite Sainte Thérèse, le "petit chemin", est un authentique chemin de sainteté, un chemin ouvert à tous, fait de telle façon que personne ne puisse se décourager, ni les plus humbles ni les plus pauvres, ni les plus pécheurs. Thérèse est ainsi en avance sur le Concile Vatican II qui affirme avec certitude que la sainteté n'est pas un chemin exceptionnel, mais un appel pour tous les chrétiens, dont personne ne doit être exclu. Même le plus vulnérable et le plus misérable des hommes peut répondre à l'appel de la sainteté.

Cette sainteté consiste en un "chemin de confiance et d'amour". Ainsi, "l'ascenseur qui doit m'élever jusqu'au ciel ce sont tes bras, Jésus !" (…). Toi, Mon Dieu, tu as dépassé mes espérances, et je veux chanter tes miséricordes" (Sainte Thérèse de Lisieux).

 

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Gospel text

(Jn 21,1-14): 

 

Jesus revealed himself to the disciples by the Lake of Tiberias. He appeared to them in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas who was called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee and two other disciples were together; and Simon Peter said to them, «I'm going fishing». They replied, «We will come with you», and they went out and got into the boat. But they caught nothing that night.

When day had already broken, Jesus was standing on the shore, but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus called them, «Children, have you anything to eat?». They answered, «Nothing». Then He said to them, «Throw the net on the right side of the boat and you will find some». When they had lowered the net, they were not able to pull it in because of the great number of fish. Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, «It's the Lord!». At these words, «It's the Lord», Simon Peter put on his clothes, for he was stripped for work, and jumped into the water. The other disciples came in the boat dragging the net full of fish; they were not far from land, about a hundred meters.

When they landed, they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it, and some bread. Jesus said to them, «Bring some of the fish you've just caught». So Simon Peter climbed into the boat and pulled the net to shore. It was full of big fish —one hundred and fifty-three— but, in spite of this, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, «Come and have breakfast», and not one of the disciples dared ask him, «Who are you?», for they knew it was the Lord. Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and He did the same with the fish. This was the third time that Jesus revealed himself to his disciples after rising from the dead.

 

The Application

 

Where do we go when we are disappointed and broken? Today Jesus is calling each and every one of us to come back to Him. Peter has chosen a different path and the Lord comes and meet him, while Peter remained empty hands. Surprisingly, Peter has decided to listen to the Lord. This gives us lot of hope in our brokenness and unfaithfulness. We can always go back to the Lord and He will welcome us with dignity.

Lord doesn’t get tired of trying and keeps coming back to us. It is in this divine goodness that our faith finds its root and source. Once our heart is filled with love, love for the Lord and for His people, then the Lord will show us the way. It’s John who has identified the Lord. The more we love Him, the faster will be our ability to identify the divine presence in us and in the world.

It is important that we understand the togetherness of the disciples. In our troubled moments of life, we should never be alone. We should remain with others. This togetherness, particularly in prayer, will do lot of charity. I would like to insist that during this lockdown time, let us give more importance to family prayers.

 

Action of the day: remain together.

«This was the third time that Jesus revealed himself to his disciples after rising from the dead»

 

Fr. Joaquim MONRÓS i Guitart
(Tarragona, Spain)

Today, for the third time, Jesus reveals himself to his disciples after his rising. Peter has gone back to his old fisherman job and the others have decided to join him. It stands to logic that, if he was a fisherman before following Jesus, afterwards, he gets back to his old job; and there still are those who are surprised to see that it is not necessary to leave one's honest work to follow Christ.

That night they caught nothing! And when the day breaks and Jesus appears, they do not recognize him until He asks them for something to eat. When they tell him they have nothing, He just points out where they are to throw their net. And, even though fishermen seem to know all the answers and they had spent the night to no avail, they obey him. «O the power of the obedience. The lake of Tiberias was refusing its fish to Peter's nets. An entire night in vain. —But now, obedient, he returns the net to the water and they caught (...) a full load of fish. —Believe me: the miracle repeats itself daily» (Saint Josemaria).

The Evangelist points out «It was full of big fish —one hundred and fifty-three» (Jn 21:11) but, in spite of being so many, the net was not torn. These are details to bear in mind, as Redemption, amid normal work, takes place with responsible obedience.

They all «knew it was the Lord. Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them» (Jn 21:12-13). He did the same with the fish. If we obey him we shall not lack either the spiritual or the material food. He taught this to his closest followers and John Paul II said it too: «When starting the new millennium, our heart reverberates with those words with which Jesus (...) invited the Apostle to put out into the deep, and let down the nets for a catch: ‘Duc in altum’ (Lk 5:4). Peter and the first disciples trusted Christ's word (…) and when they had this done, ‘they enclosed a great multitude of fishes’ (Lk 5:6). This word resounds for us to day too».

With our obedience —like Our Lady Mary's obedience— we ask the Lord to go on giving his Church his apostolic fruits.

 

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Après cela, Jésus se manifesta encore aux disciples sur le bord du lac de Tibériade, et voici comment. Il y avait là Simon-Pierre, avec Thomas (dont le nom signifie: Jumeau), Nathanaël, de Cana en Galilée, les fils de Zébédée, et deux autres disciples. Simon-Pierre leur dit: «Je m'en vais à la pêche». Ils lui répondent: «Nous allons avec toi». Ils partirent et montèrent dans la barque; or, ils passèrent la nuit sans rien prendre.

Au lever du jour, Jésus était là, sur le rivage, mais les disciples ne savaient pas que c'était lui. Jésus les appelle: «Les enfants, auriez-vous un peu de poisson?». Ils lui répondent: «Non». Il leur dit: «Jetez le filet à droite de la barque, et vous trouverez». Ils jetèrent donc le filet, et cette fois ils n'arrivaient pas à le ramener, tellement il y avait de poisson. Alors, le disciple que Jésus aimait dit à Pierre: «C'est le Seigneur!». Quand Simon-Pierre l'entendit déclarer que c'était le Seigneur, il passa un vêtement, car il n'avait rien sur lui, et il se jeta à l'eau. Les autres disciples arrivent en barque, tirant le filet plein de poissons; la terre n'était qu'à une centaine de mètres.

En débarquant sur le rivage, ils voient un feu de braise avec du poisson posé dessus, et du pain. Jésus leur dit: «Apportez donc de ce poisson que vous venez de prendre». Simon-Pierre monta dans la barque et amena jusqu'à terre le filet plein de gros poissons: il y en avait cent cinquante-trois. Et, malgré cette quantité, le filet ne s'était pas déchiré. Jésus dit alors: «Venez déjeuner». Aucun des disciples n'osait lui demander: «Qui es-tu?». Ils savaient que c'était le Seigneur. Jésus s'approche, prend le pain et le leur donne, ainsi que le poisson. C'était la troisième fois que Jésus ressuscité d'entre les morts se manifestait à ses disciples.

 

L’Application

 

La vie en générale est dure. Très souvent nous sommes tentés de tout refaire, car nous ne voyons aucun fruit visible ou attendu. Et voilà, je m’en vais à la pêche.  Les autres suivent le chef. A la fin, ils se trouvent les mains vides, sans rien prendre. Il a fallu que le Seigneur vienne et donne la direction. Jésus revient encore une fois, aujourd’hui ce sera la troisième fois.

Dans cet évangile et très souvent dans les pro-apparitions du Seigneur, nous trouverons les disciples ensembles. Un bon exemple pour nous. Vivre ensembles est déjà un bon témoignage. Comme dans notre paroisse (St. Lazare, Marseille) tous les paroissiens prient ensembles vers 19h00, chacun chez soi, mais ensembles avec les autres.

Il leur dit: «Jetez le filet à droite de la barque, et vous trouverez». Même aujourd’hui le Seigneur nous donne les consignes. Il faut l’écouter, car nous verrons les fruits étonnants. Attention ! Si nous voulons nous partir, Il nous laissera, car Dieu nous accorde cette liberté. Certes, Il va revenir vers nous, pourtant la décision sera là-nôtre.

Jésus dit alors: «Venez déjeuner». Le Seigneur nous invite à sa table, une table déjà dressée. Voilà sa générosité, Dieu dans sa bonté nous invite à son festin. Nous ne sommes pas ses serviteurs, nous sommes ses amis, ses enfants, les bienaimés du Père. Notre espérance se font dans cette bonté divine.

 

«C'était la troisième fois que Jésus ressuscité d'entre les morts se manifestait à ses disciples»

 

Abbé Joaquim MONRÓS i Guitart
(Tarragona, Espagne)

Aujourd'hui pour la troisième fois depuis sa résurrection, Jésus se manifeste aux disciples. Pierre est retourné à son travail de pêcheur et les autres l'ont accompagné. S'il était pêcheur avant de se joindre à Jésus, il est normal qu'il continue après, alors que certains s'étonnent que, pour suivre le Christ, l'on ne soit pas tenu d’abandonner un travail honnête.

Cette nuit-là, ils ne prirent rien! Et quand au lever du jour, Jésus apparaît, ils ne le reconnaissent que lorsqu'il leur demande quelque chose à manger. Quand ils répondent qu'ils n'ont rien, Il leur indique où ils doivent jeter le filet. Et bien que les pêcheurs soient au courant de tout, et qu'ils aient travaillé sans résultat toute la nuit, ils obéissent. «Pouvoir de l'obéissance! —Le lac de Génésareth, a refusé ses poissons aux filets de Pierre. Toute la nuit en vain. —Maintenant, obéissant, il remet le filet à l'eau et voici qu'ils prennent (...) une grande quantité de poissons. —Crois-moi: le miracle se reproduit chaque jour» (Saint Josemaría).

L'évangéliste nous raconte qu'il y avait «cent cinquante-trois gros poissons» (cf. Jn 21:11) mais que, malgré cette quantité, le filet ne se rompit pas. Ce sont des détails à prendre en considération; la Rédemption s'est faite avec une obéissance responsable, au beau milieu des tâches quotidiennes.

Tous savaient «que c'était le Seigneur. Jésus s'approche, prend le pain et le leur donne» (Jn 21:12-13). Ainsi que les poissons. Que ce soit la nourriture spirituelle ou la matérielle, elle ne nous manquera pas si nous obéissons. Il l'apprend à ses disciples plus prochains et nous le redit par l'entremise de Jean Paul II: «Au début du nouveau millénaire (…) dans notre cœur résonnent à nouveau les paroles par lesquelles Jésus, (…) invita l'Apôtre à «avancer au large» pour pêcher: «Duc in altum» (Lc 5:4). Pierre et ses premiers compagnons firent confiance à la parole du Christ et jetèrent leurs filets. «Et l'ayant fait, ils capturèrent une grande multitude de poissons» (Lc 5,6). Cette parole résonne aujourd'hui pour nous.

Avec une obéissance, comme celle de Marie, nous demandons au Seigneur de continuer d'octroyer à toute l'Église des fruits d'apostolat.

 

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Gospel text

(Lk 24,35-48): 

 

The two disciples told what had happened on the road and how Jesus made himself known when He broke bread with them. As they went on talking about this, Jesus himself stood in their midst. And He said to them, «Peace to you». In their panic and fright they thought they were seeing a ghost, but He said to them, «Why are you upset and why do such ideas cross your mind? Look at my hands and feet and see that it is I myself. Touch me and see for yourselves that a ghost has no flesh and bones as I have». As He said this, He showed his hands and feet. In their joy they didn't dare believe and were still astonished. So He said to them, «Have you anything to eat?», and they gave him a piece of broiled fish. He took it and ate it before them.

Then Jesus said to them, «Remember the words I spoke to you when I was still with you: Everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms had to be fulfilled». Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And He went on, «You see what was written: the Messiah had to suffer and on the third day rise from the dead. Then repentance and forgiveness in his name would be proclaimed to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. Now you shall be witnesses to this».

 

The Application

 

Jesus comes again and again to assure His disciples. This is exactly what He does even today to each and every one of us. Since we are overtaken by our own pains and sufferings, just like Mary Madeleine and the disciples of Emmaus, we find difficult to identify the divine presence. However, Jesus is there very close to us, through events and persons.

The disciples give us a very good example, even in their difficult times. They are together in prayer and console one another, by sharing their experience. This mutual support and sharing forms the best expression of our humanity. We are all asked to imitate them.

Jesus orients them towards the Holy Scriptures, which can still open our intelligence.  We should always fall back to them. They are the very supportive elements that God has placed before us. We shouldn’t be selective in reading them, but should read them with a spirit of prayer and contemplation.

In every difficult moment of life, Jesus brings to each and every one of our homes His peace, the Peace of the Father, the peace of the Resurrected ONE. We are called to be the witness of the peace and through our joyful life, that others may discover the peace and the Joy that the resurrection brings to our homes. 

 

Action of the day: Cherish the peace that the Lord brings to our home.

«Peace to you»

 

Fr. Joan Carles MONTSERRAT i Pulido
(Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain)

 

Today, the risen Christ meets again his disciples with his desire of peace: «Peace to you» (Lk 24:36). This is how He makes disappear the fears and forebodings the Apostles had accumulated during their days of passion and loneliness.

He is not a ghost but totally real; at times, however, fright in our lives is taking shape as if it were the only reality possible. At times also, it is our lack of faith and of interior life which is changing things: fright becomes reality and Christ gradually vanishes from our life. The presence of Christ in our Christian life, instead, lightens up our existence, especially in those places no human explanation may account for. Saint Gregory of Nazianzen tells us: «We should be ashamed to dispense with the salutation of peace; salutation the Lord left with us when He was going to leave this world. Peace is a name and a substantial thing emanating from God, as the Apostle said to the Phillipians: ‘The peace of God’; and that it is from God is also shown when he tells the Ephesians: ‘He is our peace’».

It is the resurrection of Christ which gives a meaning to all our mishaps and sufferings, which helps us to recover our peace of mind and calm us down in the darkness of our life. All other small lights we may find in our life are only meaningful under this Light.

In the Gospel we read: «Everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms had to be fulfilled...»: and again we read «He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures» (Lk 24:44-45), as He had already done with the disciples at Emaus. The Lord also wants us to understand the meaning of the Scriptures for our life; He wants our poor heart to become a flaming heart, like his: with the explanation of the Scriptures and the chunk of bread, the Holy Eucharist. In other words: the Christian task is to see his story to become a story of salvation as He wants us to.

 

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(Lc 24,35-48): 

 

A leur tour, ils racontaient ce qui s'était passé sur la route, et comment ils l'avaient reconnu quand il avait rompu le pain. Comme ils en parlaient encore, lui-même était là au milieu d'eux, et il leur dit: «La paix soit avec vous!». Frappés de stupeur et de crainte, ils croyaient voir un esprit. Jésus leur dit: «Pourquoi êtes-vous bouleversés? Et pourquoi ces pensées qui surgissent en vous? Voyez mes mains et mes pieds: c'est bien moi! Touchez-moi, regardez: un esprit n'a pas de chair ni d'os, et vous constatez que j'en ai». Après cette parole, il leur montra ses mains et ses pieds. Dans leur joie, ils n'osaient pas encore y croire, et restaient saisis d'étonnement. Jésus leur dit: «Avez-vous ici quelque chose à manger?». Ils lui offrirent un morceau de poisson grillé. Il le prit et le mangea devant eux.

Puis il déclara: «Rappelez-vous les paroles que je vous ai dites quand j'étais encore avec vous: Il fallait que s'accomplisse tout ce qui a été écrit de moi dans la loi de Moïse, les Prophètes et les Psaumes». Alors il leur ouvrit l'esprit à l'intelligence des Écritures. Il conclut: «C'est bien ce qui était annoncé par l'Écriture: les souffrances du Messie, sa résurrection d'entre les morts le troisième jour, et la conversion proclamée en son nom pour le pardon des péchés à toutes les nations, en commençant par Jérusalem. C'est vous qui en êtes les témoins».

 

L’Application

En ce moment de confinement, nous pouvons apprendre des disciples du Seigneur à choisir notre propre comportement.

  • Ils sont ensembles et prient.
  • Ils se soutiennent en partageant leur expérience.
  • Jésus leur apporte la Paix, la Paix de Ressuscité.
  • Le Seigneur les oriente vers les écritures sacrées et ils l’écoutent.
  • Jésus leur force de partager, non seulement leur expérience, mais aussi il partager avec eux la table. Le partage n’est ni conditionné, ni limité.   
  • Nous tous, comme les disciples du Seigneur sommes appelés à être témoins de la résurrection, et à être les témoins de la joie que Le Seigneur nous apporte.

«La Paix soit avec vous!»

 

Abbé Joan Carles MONTSERRAT i Pulido
(Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona, Espagne)

Aujourd'hui le Christ ressuscité salue à nouveau les disciples et leur souhaite la paix: «La Paix soit avec vous!» (Lc 24:36). Il efface ainsi les craintes et les pressentiments qui avaient assailli les Apôtres pendant les jours de passion et de solitude.

Jésus n'est pas un esprit, il est bien réel, mais, parfois, la peur s'empare de nous et devient l'unique réalité. D'autres fois, c'est le manque de foi et de vie intérieure qui transforment les choses: la peur devienne réalité et le Christ s'efface de nos vies. Au contraire, la présence de Christ dans la vie du chrétien écarte les doutes et illumine notre existence, spécialement ces recoins qu'aucune explication humaine ne saurait pas éclaircir. Saint Grégoire de Nazianze nous exhorte: «Nous devrions avoir honte de ne pas faire le salut de la Paix que le Seigneur nous a laissé lorsqu'il allait partir de ce monde. La paix est un nom et une chose savoureuse en provenance de Dieu, d'après ce que l'Apôtre dit aux Philippiens: ‘La paix de Dieu’; et qu'elle vient de Dieu il le confirme lorsque il dit aux Éphésiens: ‘Il est notre paix’».

La résurrection de Christ donne leur sens à toutes les vicissitudes et à tous les sentiments, elle nous permet de récupérer le calme et de trouver la paix dans les ténèbres de notre vie. Les autres petites lumières que nous rencontrons ici-bas n'ont un sens qu'en cette Lumière.

«Il fallait que s'accomplisse tout ce qui a été écrit de moi dans la loi de Moïse, les Prophètes et les Psaumes». Alors il leur ouvrit l'esprit à l'intelligence des Écritures» (Lc 24:44-45), comme il l'avait déjà fait avec les disciples d'Emmaüs. Le Seigneur veut aussi nous ouvrir l'intelligence des Écritures; il désire transformer notre pauvre coeur en un coeur aussi ardent que le sien, grâce à l'explication des Écritures et à la fraction du Pain, l'Eucharistie. En d'autres termes, la tâché du chrétien est de voir que le Seigneur veut transformer son histoire en histoire du salut.

 

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 (Lk 24,13-35): 

 

Two disciples of Jesus were going to Emmaus, a village seven miles from Jerusalem, and they talked about what had happened. While they were talking and wondering, Jesus came up and walked with them, but their eyes were held and they did not recognize him.

He asked, «What is this you are talking about?». The two stood still, looking sad. Then one named Cleophas answered, «Why, it seems you are the only traveller in Jerusalem who doesn't know what has happened there these past few days». And he asked, «What is it?». They replied, «It is about Jesus of Nazareth. He was a prophet, you know, mighty in word and deed before God and the people. But the chief priests and our rulers sentenced him to death. They handed him over to be crucified. We had hoped that he would redeem Israel. It is now the third day since all this took place. It is true that some women of our group have disturbed us. When they went to the tomb at dawn, they did not find his body; they came to tell us that they had seen a vision of angels who told them that Jesus was alive. Some friends of our group went to the tomb and found everything just as the women had said, but they did not see him». He said to them, «How dull you are, how slow of understanding! You fail to believe the message of the prophets. Is it not written that the Christ should suffer all this and then enter his glory?». Then starting with Moses and going through the prophets, He explained to them everything in the Scriptures concerning himself.

As they drew near the village they were heading for, Jesus made as if to go farther. But they prevailed upon him, «Stay with us, for night comes quickly. The day is now almost over». So he went in to stay with them. When they were at table, he took the bread, said a blessing, broke it and gave each a piece. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; but He vanished out of their sight. And they said to each other, «Were not our hearts filled with ardent yearning when He was talking to us on the road and explaining the Scriptures?».

They immediately set out and returned to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and their companions gathered together. They were greeted by these words: «Yes, it is true, the Lord is risen! He has appeared to Simon!». Then the two told what had happened on the road and how Jesus made himself known when he broke bread with them.

 

The Application

 

 

I would like to invite you all to meditate on curtain points which may help us to grow in spiritually, without being discouraged in our difficulty.

They didn’t recognize Him earlier and their eyes were opened in the breaking of the bread? Why then they couldn’t identify Jesus and what has really happened then and now?

The patience of Jesus to explain to them without anger or disappointment. He is there even today to accompany us without judging, in our daily life to reveal to us, the divine mystery. We need to give Jesus the space and time.

Rest with us. We need this openness to newness and strange things which we very often ignore or become selective. We have to welcome Jesus, who comes very often in the form of pains and joy, disappointments and encouragements, from enemies and friends, in betrayal and uplifting etc., if we wish that He remains with us.

The change of darkness into light. They found surprisingly, others united in prayer. It’s important that we need to be together, then be alone in a troubled time. It is important to come back to the original place than running away. What’s our approach in our daily life?

 

Action of the day: Allow the strangers to join you.

 

«Were not our hearts filled with ardent yearning when He was talking to us on the road and explaining the Scriptures?»

 

Fr. Luis PERALTA Hidalgo SDB
(Lisboa, Portugal)

Today we are reassured by the Gospel that Jesus is alive and continues to be the center around which the disciples' community is built. The gathering of the community, the dialog with brothers and sisters who share the same faith, the reading of the Word of God, the love shared and expressed through fraternity and service, is precisely the ecclesial context in which the disciples can encounter the Resurrected.

The disciples filled with grief, couldn't even imagine that that stranger was in fact their Master, now resurrected. But they felt «an ardent yearning» in their hearts (cf. Lk 24:32), when He talked, «explaining» the Scriptures. The light of the Word softened their hearts and «their eyes were opened» (Lk 24:31).

The story of the disciples of Emmaus is useful as a guide to us in the long journey through a path of doubts, afflictions and sometimes even bitter disillusionments; the Divine traveler continues to be our companion who introduces us, by explaining the Scriptures, to the comprehension of God's mysteries. Upon the fulfillment of this encounter the light of the Word is followed by the light that emerges from the «Bread of Life», through which Christ fulfills perfectly His promise that He would be with us «always, until the end of the age» (Mt 28:20).

The Holy Father Benedict XVI explains that «The proclamation of the Lord's Resurrection lightens up the dark regions of the world in which we live».

 

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