Tuesday 20 October 2015

Monday of 30th Week, uneven numbered year Lundi de la 30e semaine, année impaire

“Jesus said : ’ Woman, you are freed from yur disability.”

Rm.8, 12-17 Ps.67 Lk.13,10-17

MONDAY of 30th WEEK, uneven numebred year

“One Sabbath day, Jesus was teaching in the synagogues, and there before him was a woman who for eighteen years had been possessed by a spirit that crippled her ; she was bent double and quite unable to stand upright. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, ’Woman, you are freed from your disability’, and he laid his hands on her. And at once she straightened up and she glorified God.”

When Jesus heals this woman he doesn’t violate the law, all he does is apply the most important commandment : love, and compassion which, according to the law, should be practised at all times. It is important to respect the Sabbath, but the respect of the commandment of Love gives the framework for the practice of all the other commandments. And so the one who sins is the one who lacks in love for his neighbour, that is the one who doesn’t do to the other what he would like to be done for himself in the same circumstances. Jesus accomplishes a miracle of ressurection for this woman, he gets her to stand up again! God comes to help to all those who cry towards Heaven! He is the defender of the widows, those who don’t have any support of a heart to hold them, a shoulder, an arm to protect thier lives. To the one who is isolated, or has lost their balance in life, who lives in darkness, God gives a home. It is by taking on our human condition that Jesus, a friend of mankind, manifests God’s action.

“But the president of the synagogue was indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, and he adressed all those present, saying, ’ There are six days when work is to be done, come and be healed on one of those days and not the Sabbath.’ But the Lord answered him, ’Hypocrites! Is there one of you who does not untie his ox of his donkey from the manger on the Sabbath and take it out for watering? And this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan has held bound these last eighteen years –was it not right to untie this bond on the Sabbath day?”

The president of the synagogue takes it out on the crowds! When we have something unpleasant to say to somebody, we let him know it by taking a scapegoat, and here it is the crowd that takes on the role of a scapegoat! We know the reason for this rejection, discrimantion and persecutions! The victims

are the lightening reflectors of the world’s anger, we ought not to be surprised, but we are saddened by this fact! We don’t undersatnd the reaction of the president of the synagogogue who becomes indignant, for the Sabbath is the day of joy that bursts forth in the People! With this woman, standing up, tenderly loved in the Heart of God, we become attentive to each other , as Jesus was. In this filial adoption, our heart is made clear, it is moved by the Holy Spirit, and it wil become more and more love. From now on our life is a life according to the Holy Spirit, we enter into the littleness of Jesus, and into his great poverty.

“When he said this, all his adversaries were covered with confusion, and all the people were overjoyed at all the wonders he worked.”

Jesus’ adversaries , virulent against his behaviour, speak to us of our own violence which ressembles his own. By rapidly examining our own life we realise how jealous we can be. We don’t hesitate to brave what is forbidden when it is a question of love for a person or any goods when all that is in our own interest! But we are fearful to commit for the good of others. It is the Power of the Infinite Love of God that has Jesus be born in our flesh. The unique Son of God born of the Virgin Mary, Saviour of mankind, comes to our help by making us children of God. This filial adoption has us enter into our own mystery, our true identity. Before the work of Salvation of Jesus who will be crucified for us, we are happy about this salvation and we live from his Ressurection. We have become by his Cross and Ressurection heirs of the Infinite Love of God which will never be lacking for us. We want to dwell in this sollicitude of Love, fraternal and confident, like the child who turns towards his Father. True compassion is about doing things for other people, what we would like others to do for us in the same situation. The Holy Spirit joins Himself to our spirit to make us cry out to God, all together, to tell him of our gratitude.

We ask God for the grace of confidence, that his Love may transform us so that we may remain in his Love.