Tuesday 19 July 2016

Friday 26th week Vendredi 26e semaine

“Anyone who listens to you listens to me; anyone who rejects you rejects me, and hose who reject me reject the one who sent me.”

Jb.38,1..21 ; 40,3-5 Ps.138 Lk;10,13-16

Friday 26th week even numbered year

“Alas for you, Chorazin! Alas for you, Bethasaida! For if the miracle done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.”

The Words of Jesus reveal that the path we use on earth writes our place in Heaven. Chorazin, Bethsaida are Galilean towns on the Genesraeth lake-side

Jesus deplores these kinds of towns where so many miracles had taken place yet despite this the work of peace hadn’t come about.

Along with despise of men came the despise of the Son of God. Jesus deplores this kind of tow in which the cry of the poor, the groanings of those humiliated, and tears that are shed rise up to the Heavens.

In despising Jesus’ evangelical preaching it is not men that are despised but Jesus the Saviour, and God Himself.

In this way today the seriousness of our action is revealed. It means just how much our conscience must be awoken.

We need to embrace the faith which is announced by Jesus’ disciples. The Word of God has come to us and places us in the Kingdom. It is from here that mercy spreads for the smallest amongst us all. This Gospel passage given to us today is at the same time surprising and painful. But it is at the same time comforting for it is made up of truth.

“And still, it would be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgement than for you.”And as for you, Capernaum, did you want to be raised as high as heaven? You shall be flung down to hell."

It is both surprising and painful to see how Jesus’ mission is a failure. And yet his painful deception before the refusal and opposition he encounters in Galilee is a source of comfort to us all, for if Jesus knew such a difficulty in

announcing the Gospel, it is hardly surprising for us to experience such a hard time doing the same thing.

The Church is faithful to Her Lord and so invites her members to listen to the cry of pain that the poor and unhappy have; they announce the hidden cry of Jesus.

We take the road with humanity and share the world’s fate.

In order to be in harmony with God we need to be ’in deep harmony’ with ourselves and with our brothers. The relationship we have with other people ’speaks’ about the one we have with Jesus! We are unable to do “as if”all was going well when a feeling of unease has made it way into where we are living.

Relationship with oneself and with others doesn’t lie, we have to build the Peace that the Holy Spirit gives to us.

“Anyone who listens to you listens to me; anyone who rejects you rejects me, and those who reject me reject the one who sent me.”

We wish to show our attention to this threat Jesus speaks about. It isn’t only to this town but to ourselves that this Word is reserved.

If we refuse to receive those that hospitality demands then we reject Jesus. It is out of pride that Capharnaum rose to Heaven whereas so many graces should have overcome its incredulity.

To be witnesses of the Gospel; of the Good News, is done today in a climate of unbelief, mankind has a feeling that faith in God is opposed to Man’s greatness!

Not only is it nothing of the sort, but recognition of God increases the sense of human dignity and encourages man to become more human.Unity between the Father and the Son is the unity that Jesus wants to see between us who are in the mystery of life.

This message joins us in the depths of our being. God dwells within us because His mystery is within us.

If the Holy Spirit acts in our lives by giving it its inner unity, peace will then shine forth. But when the branch is cut at the sap, it dies. The same goes for all of our undertakings.

The ’relationship’ to God in our villages or towns is a salvific one!

The attitude of adoration reveals our wish to receive God. We are happy to be dependant on God and his Love that saes us.

It is the Holy Sprit who unites us, God’s Word joins us in what is most secret or intimate to us.

We ask Jesus for the grace to be kept in his Heart so as to receive His Life.