Thursday 16 June 2016

Saturday 20th week Samedi 20e semaine

“The greatest among you must be your servant.Anyone who raises himself up will be humbled and anyone who humbles himself will be raised up.”

Ez.43,1-7 Ps.84 Mt.23,1-12

Saturday of 20th week, even numbered year

“Then addressing the crowds and his disciples, Jesus said, ’The scribes and the Pharisees occupy the chair of Moses. You must therefore do and observe what they tell you; but do not be guided by what they do, since they do not practice what they preach.”

Jesus is journeying towards his Passion, to Jerusalem; the atmosphere is heavy with conflicts with the scribes and Pharisees. The disciples will soon be by themselves, they have to find a way of life with Jesus so as to be faithful to the newness which He creates.

To open up to the Kingdom of Heaven for them means going as far as inventing new relationships amongst believers.

Jesus, by taking some distance with the Pharisees’ customs as well as those of the scribes’, brings to light how to form new ranges of relationships.

Our being was created in a secret, with a mystery of interiority.

We are each called to be the brother of our neighbour, under the leadership of Jesus who is the One and Only Master. We need to resolutely turn towards the other person for we are seated in the Flesh of Jesus!

We need to never stop verifying the authenticity of our words are and to align our gestures with the Word we announce! It is by asking for the grace of humility that we can be situated in what is essential and move forward in the Community. Jesus never stops doing the Will of his Father, and it is in this Will of the Father that we all wish to be saved by Jesus.

“They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on peoples’ shoulders, but will they lift a finger to remove them? Not they! Everything they di is done to attract attention, like wearing broader headbands and longer tassels, like wanting tot ake the place of honours at banquets and the front seats in the synagogues, being greeted respectfully in the markets squares and having people call them Rabbi.”

Jesus reminds us of the Living Word of God - in the speech on the Mountain, He proclaims the Beatitudes. Here he is the New Moses, walking humbly with his disciples seeking to incarnate what he announces with his whole being.

It is in a desire of authenticity that the Word resounds in the hearts of the Apostles!

The Word of God which is transmitted and received signifies God’s will for the People. Jesus’ message given to the Jews is given to all of us Christians today. All of the dangers that were felt in the First Covenant surge up with great force , Jesus’ message is such a Divine one! Detachment, what we can do and offer in our lives, do not have any meaning if we don not find humility dwelling there.

“You, however, must not allow yourselves to be called Rabbi, since you have only one Master, and you are all brothers.

You must call no one on earth your father, since you have only one Father, and he is in heaven.

Nor must you allow yourselves to be called teachers, for you have on ly one Teacher, the Christ.

The greatest among you must be your servant.

Anyone who raises himself up will be humbled and anyone who humbles himself will be raised up.”

God is the only ’King’ of the Covenant, Jesus manifests the Father, He is the Only Master. His Father and our Father are unique, and there is no other. We know how great the temptation to recuperate ourselves is great. Each one receives His identity from God and not from other people in a race for power, in an exteriority which comes so quickly back to the surface. This game of power is always there and never ending for it is given up at the first instant a sign of outer appreciation is shown to us.

But we want to be anchored in the secret of the Heart of Jesus who recognises in another person a brother to be loved patiently and to whom in the Holy Spirit we address ourselves humbly.

The way of life Jesu proposes to his disciples is one of fraternity, it is born out of the freedom of each person. We ask for the grace to remain in silence and solitude, in intimacy with Jesus who makes us live.

We ask for the grace to be found faithful to Jesus, gentle and humble of Heart.