Saturday 29th week samedi 29e semaine

“It was just about this time that some people arrived and told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with that of their sacrifices.”
Wednesday 7 September 2016

Eph.4,7-16 Ps.121 Lk.13,1-9

Saturday of 29th week even numbered year

“Jesus answered them ’Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than any others, that this should have happened tot hem? They were not, I tell you. No; but unless you repent you will all perish as they did.”

Jesus reacts to bad news and he himself asks the question ; ’Do you think these Galileans were greater sinners than the other Galileans, to have gone through so much?’

Jesus’ reply at given in two different times : on the one hand no one can say to him : so and so suffering, so and so death was for such and such a a punishment ; on the other hand God gives the power to each person to live according to his works.

Jesus adds to this by recalling the catastrophe of Silo ; and it is the same teaching : their debt wasn’t greater ; don’t see a punishment in their death but you, accept the conversion in God’s Infinite Love.

As for the parable of the fig tree, it’s not about either something cruel or a catastrophe; it describes you slowness, and the sterility of the Gospel at certain moments of our life. To change in a radical way requires of us to come back to the rot of our being! There are within us capacities of mysterious love to be developed for our conversion. The freer our heart, the more precise our call to do good becomes.

Jesus began his pilgrimage on earth in Mary’s womb, she formed a heart for him! The heart is the first organ that ’forms body’ in conception, it is the Heart of Jesus that was formed first of all by Mary. So we need to come back to the origin of Christ’s Body so as to know and to live deeply from God’s Love.

"Jesus told them this parable : ’A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard and he came looking for fruit on it but found none. He said to his vinedresser, ’For three years now I have been coming to look for fruit on the fig tree and finding none. Cut it down, why should I be taking up the ground?

’Sir’ the man replied’ Leave it on more year ad give me time to dig round it and manure it : it may bear fruit next year; if not, then you can cut it down."

What fecundity do we work the earth, look after the soil? The Master, now and again, comes to seek fruits for His Church, the fruits of active charity or the fruits of real silence, what do we have to give him?

We make the most of the earth of the Church, the sacraments of faith, the wealth of fraternal life and devotion of sisters and brothers; for which flowers of peace, for which fruits of joy?

Jesus’ question is at the same time a gentle and radical one. So radical that we never stop hearing it up until the time of the real encounter and however our daily response might be vigorous and genuine.

But in this very demand Jesus reveals to us all the resources of his gentleness. To discover what God asks of us so as to serve God’s Kingdom situates us at the beginning of our life.

God leaned down on his little servant, Jesus comes and takes ’heart’ in her. Mary’s beauty is to have recognised this love, to have let herself be loved by her God, she ls herself be formed by Love.

The transformation of humanity began at that moment.

“Jesus spoke again : ’Those eighteen on whom the tower of Siloam fell, killing them all? Do you suppose that they were more guilty than all he other people living in Jerusalem? They were not, I tell you. No; but unless you repent you will all perish as they did.”

Throughout the whole of our life we are in between things, in view of getting ready to get up and go, to get a renewal of fecundity, because God never resigns to death and he prepares us for an encounter with Him.

We situate ourselves in the fecundity of the origins so as to be regenrated.

Jesus is the wine grower who himself came to work on our conversion : he digs around the vine, adding a handful of manure the secret of which he detains, a spiritual secret the base of which is humility, simplicity and courage, with a good dose of confidence.

It is the gift of the ’mother’ for her child, the gift of the ’bride’ for her bridegroom which regenerates humanity, and so in our lives the communion of the Heart of Jesus and Mary in our life begins to shine forth.

Let us ask Our Blessed Lady, she who is so holy, for the help of her prayer in view of work of truth and conversion in our lives. In her ’God’s grace is not sterile’. May she help us to say yes, this yes that has us be bearers of God, fecund for God, which is prolonged in our lives and finds its summit on the Cross.

We are the little hidden creature in the Crucified heart of Jesus its beloved.

The Body of the Church is built on Love : ’If you don’t change radically’, says Jesus!

Despite our weaknesses and our littleness, the gift of God can be given, we need it in order to live.

Christ’s Eucharistic Heart and his Blood are offered up to us for in this Love, and so the conversion we are all in need of is given.

We ask for the grace to be found faithful servants.