Monday 4 April 2016

Thursday of 10th week, even numbered year Jeudi de la 10e semaine, année paire

“If you are bringing your offering to the altar and remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go and be reconciled with your brother first.”

1 R.18,41-46 Ps.64 Mt. 5, 20-26

Thursday of 10th week, even numbered year

“You have heard how it was said to our ancestors, ’You shall not kill’ and if anyone does kill he must answer for it before the court. But I say this to you, anyone who is angry with his brother will answer for it before the court ; anyone who calls his brother ’Fool!’ Will answer for it before the Sanhedrin; and anyone who calls him ’Traitor!’ Will answer for it in hell fire.”

Jesus calls us to be integrated in the practice of the liturgical celebration which is in link with our way of living in daily life. He asks us to be reconciled with our brothers. One of the first steps in this reconciliation is to pray for our enemies as Jesus asked us to.

If we have been seriously wounded, let us ask Jesus to heal these hurtful memories and to obtain the grace of forgiveness. We ask Jesus to visit the time and places of where we were offended so as to pour out his Love in these places and so that we may be free to forgive.

On the eve of his Passion, Jesus took the Bread and said : ’Take and eat, this is my Body!’

In this context of the Gift Jesus makes of Himself, we understand how necessary it is to be reconciled with our brothers.

Even today, Jesus forgives al those who have hit him, rejected him, humiliated him, profaned him : ’Father, forgive them, they do not know what they are doing;’

We who ’share the Bread’ are asked not to have anything against our brother.

“Come to terms with your opponent in good time while you are still on the way to the court with him, or he may hand you over to the judge and the judge to the officer, and you will be thrown into prison.”

Jesus asks us to go beyond the Law. Chrsit Jesus teaches us to place before us the Love of God and of our brothers, with a Love which will have us go beyond the simple Law and to humbly recognise our faults in a sincere conversion.

’When you come and place your gifts on the altar!’

This Word is so freeing, for to have something against our brother, resentment, jealousy, dissention, goes against our Christian witnessing of this participation at Jesus’ table!

God acts in our desire, in our will, in all our daily acts.

’Jesus came to his own and his own did not receive him.’!

The Apostles are always witnesses of this refusal shown to Jesus. We are in solidarity with our people and with Jesus who was delivered, denied, betrayed, rejected, humiliated, hit upon in all kinds of ways.

We give endless thanksgiving before Christ’s mystery for Chrsit gives his life for us. In this new life that God gives to us we are transformed.

“In truth I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.”

Jesus teaches us to place Love of God and love of our neighbours first, with a love which will have us go beyond a simple Law and to humbly recognise our faults in a sincere conversion.

In seeking to be reconciled with our brothers, we need to be first of all reconciled with ourselves.

When we celebrate the Paschal mystery we celebrate the Infinite Love of God. We want to approach this mystery with great love in our hearts.

Mary was the first one to take this route and she lived this Word very deeply, and it bore fruit. She received Jesus in her flesh with an Infinite Love, it is the insolvable covenant of humanity and divinity. It is forever united in the Revelation of tis incredible Love. In Mary, humanity receives the gift of God. Jesus, the Gift of God, takes on a body in our humanity. We let ourselves be transformed by this Eucharistic mystery which makes of us a new being. We approach the altar ’bearers’ of this Infinite Love, and we never stop asking forgiveness for our misery.

We need to make the resolution not to keep any voluntary dissention within us. We ask god to renew our hearts and the way we see things so as not to allow the community to be divided, it is Christ’s Body that He regenerated with His Blood.

We ask for the grace to consider this Gospel very seriously.