15th of March

Publié le 14 Mars 2022

Gospel text

(Mt 23:1-12): 

 

Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens [hard to carry] and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them. All their works are performed to be seen. They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’

As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven. Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Messiah. The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

 

The Application

 

I would like to continue the same theme of yesterday, 'Let us be children of this merciful God. Once our life is conditioned by this God who loves us, we can easily love even our enemies and we will pray for their conversion. Very often we allow ourselves to be led by the world leaders, and get disappointed by their counter witnessing life. Jesus is inviting us not to look at them and be disappointed, rather look at the Father, who is always good to us.

The contemporary world is always looking for recognition and reward, which is just and sometime we can accept this approach as something humain and quite normal. However, a man of God, who is totally configured to Christ, will not look for recognition and reward from this world, but for a perfect union with this God, the very source of his or her existence. Before fixing our gaze on this world, or the leaders who guide us,  we must direct our gaze on ourselves, on our interiority. Are we really the children of this merciful God who loves us? Is he really our Master and do we practice all that He has asked us to do? If not, we must first be converted.

 

Action of the day: Give heed anything good, even if it comes from your enemy.

“You have but one teacher, you have but one Father, you have but one master, the Messiah”

 

Fr. Gerardo GÓMEZ

(Merlo, Buenos Aires, Argentina)

 

Today, more than ever before, we have to work for our personal and collective salvation, as Saint Paul states, with regard and significance, for “on the day of salvation I helped you.” (2Co 6:2). Lent offers us a sacred chance, granted by our Father, so that with an attitude of profound conversion, we may invigorate our personal values, become conscious of our own blunders and repent from our sins, with the intention that our life becomes —through the action of the Holy Spirit— a fuller and riper life.

For our behavior to fit with that of our Lord Jesus, a gesture of humility is fundamental, as Pope Emeritus Benedict said: “I recognize myself for what I am, a frail creature, made from earth and destined to return to earth, yet also made in the image of God and destined for him”.

In Jesus’ times there were many “models” that prayed and behaved just to be seen, to be revered: vain people, cardboard characters, which could not stimulate either the growth or the development of their neighbors. Their attitude and behavior did not evidence the pathway to God: “but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice.” (Mt 23:3).

Modern society also displays an infinite amount of behavior models that lead to a vertiginous and wild sort of life that weakens our awareness of transcendence. Let us not allow these fake referents to make us lose sight of the true Master: “You have but one teacher, you have but one Father, you have but one master, the Messiah” (Mt 23:8-9-10).

Let us, therefore, take advantage of Lent to invigorate our own convictions as Jesus’ disciples. Let us try to have some sacred moments, “moments in the desert”, when we may rediscover ourselves and we may meet the true Model and Master. And in front of those specific situations when we wonder how to react, let us ask ourselves: what would Jesus say?
How would Jesus behave?

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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