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Tueday of 28th Week, uneven numbered year mardi de la 28e semaine, année impaire

“After Jesus had spoken,a Pharisee invited him to dine at his home.”

Rm.1,16-25 Ps.18 Lk.11,37-41

TUESDAY of 28th WEEK, uneven numbered year

“The Pharisee was amazed to see that he did not observe the prescribed washing before the meal.”

The Pharisees attribute great importance to respecting the Law of Moses and they also have many other customs and rules to ensure that this Law has been dutifully repected. Their absolute repect of the list of laws and rules is something to be proud of and can give a feeling of satisfaction. But the essential is lacking! Like them, we can fall into the trap of losing sight of the One to whom we are offering up our worship, and may no longer see God’s Love purifying our hearts. Jesus, who is ivited to the home of a Pharisee for a meal,surprises this Pharisee by his freedom : he hasn’t done his ablution! If we want to enter into Jesus’ way of seeing things, we need to go back to the Annunciation, where all of God’s Love was poured into the heart of Mary in order to transform it from the bottom and to fill it completely. It is this Love that purifies her from the moment of her conception. Mary is drawn by her God and is silent. She is in any case at His service all attenive to the One who lives in the most intimate part of her being. All the purifications of the first Covenant are realtivised when faced with this new Love.

“The Lord said to him,’Oh you Pharisees! Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil.”

When we accomplish all the laws we can give ourselves a good conscience. Now God’s commandment is there to lead us to God, freeing us from a subjective confusion about our way of adoring God and living out our lives. The gospel leads us to deepen our faith in our Love for God; Chrsitian life is animated by the Holy Spirit. In faith, hope and love, we want to dwell in God’s Light in order to celebrate the Covenant that we are living as we stay close to Mary, following her.i ’You purifiy yourselves from the outside’ Jesus said to the Pharisees who had invited him. but it is what is inside of the person that is the most important. Mary, turned over by her encounter with God, goes and visits her cousin Elizbeth. Christian grace leaves God’s Heart and this transforms the human heart and sends it out into full humanity.

“You fools! Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside? But as to what is within, give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you.”

The law of love is more important it brings together all of the commandments of Our Lord Jesus. When Jesus asks us to do almsgiving, he tells the Pharisees to love their neighbours, and that in doing so their hearts will be pure. The dialogue with the Lord Jesus allows our heart to be always turned towards him. We need to be guided by him, for wa can’t manage it by ourselves. We need to be freed and guided in our relationship with Him. The purification of our heart comes about by making a Covenant with God and we make a Covenant with the smallest children amongst men : Jesus. Through him we make a Covenant with all of our brothers in humanity. Mary, who carries Jesus through God’s people, prefigures the Church which announces God’s Mystery. Jesus will take it towards the one who will be the poorest, the prophet John the Baptist. When we celebrate the Covenant that God has established with us by the Eucharistic meal, we manifest that Jesus’ Love reigns in our families and in our communities. The Apostle John will say ’Whover loves God will love his brothers also.’

We ask for the grace to be renewed in an ardent charity in order to find the Light of the New Covenant established by Jesus.