Monday of 2nd week, TO Lundi de la 2e semaine TO, année impaire

“Jesus said to the disciples of John and to the Pharisees : ’ Can the birdegroom’s companions fast whilst the bridegroom is with them?”
Monday 2 November 2015

He.5 1-10 Ps.109 Mk.2,18-22

Monday of 2nd week, uneven numbered year

“John’s disciples and the Pharisees were keeping a fast when somepeople came to him and said to him, ’Why is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not?”

Jesus, God with us, invites us to live in his company and in a great proximity with Him. He really is the friend of our hearts who took on our human nature so that we can look at him, contemplate him, find ourselves in Him. He invites us to live from this Love that comes form God, in faith and in hope. Jesus regenerates us in a fundament way and it is in this change that we are situated. So we have become children of Christ in faith, within the mystery of the Incarnation.It is when faced with this fundamental transformation that we find the Pharisees and John’s disciples. The gospel is spreaking about this transformation.

Jesus replied ’’Surely the bridegroom’s attendants cannot fast while the bridegroom is still with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.“Jesus, whom the Father engenders at each moment, receives everything from the Father, and in all circumstances Jesus proclaims:’ You are my Son, my Beloved, today I have engendered you.’ Jesus has us reintegrate this filiation, this new life come from him, but he announces a new fast linked to the Passion of his own life. In fact, Jesus won’t be made welcome! Rejected by he scribes and the high priests he is going to manifest the essential aspect of his work: His Love. For Jesus is the Christ, the Unique High Priest, the Son of the Father; In the days of his mortal life, a great cry and tears he presented his prayer and supplication. He took our place to ask for forgiveness of our sins to deliver us from death. He is there, for us, and we are in Him; It is in His Passion that Jesus fundamentally ransforms our lives. Jesus learned obedience thrugh the sufferings of his Passion, it is in these that his fast will be situated! When we shall be there with Him for the salvation of our brothers and sisters that he brings about, we tot will be fasting. This is how Jesus emerges the new fast : His sufferings and passion he will share with his friends.”But the time will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and the, on that day, they will fast.“”The bridegroom is the one to whom the bride belongs, as for the friend of the bridegroom, he is ther, he hears the voice of the bridegroom and he rejoices over it.’ It is my joy and I am fulfilled by it, ’ said John the Baptist. Today, the guests to the wedding feast live at the heart of the Eucharist. The bridegroom is there, they recognise him, the priest exclaims ’Happy are those who are invited tot he wedding feast of the Lamb! ’From then on, all priests are in Him, Jesus is the Unique Priest, the only High Priest. In a sacremental way but one which is real, we are invited to his wedding feast, we who have a part of his Body and who are bathed in his Blood for the new regenration we are invited to follow Him. This change that Jesus came to introduce into our existences is fundamental , can the guests of the wedding feast fast while the Bridegroom is with them? This proixmity of Jesus, his company, his Love is everywhere we are. Our only concern is to remain in the Infinte Love of God,thus a whole new dimension comes into our life. We ask Jesus for the grace to be totally renewed by it.

We ask for the grace to recieve this Infinite Love so as to intercede for humanity.