Wednesday 4 November 2015

Tuesday of 11th week, ordinary time,uneven numbered year Mardi de la 11e semaine, temps ordinaire,année impaire

“But I say to you , love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; so that you may be children of your Father in heaven.”

2 Co. 8 1-9 Ps. 145 Mt 5, 43-48

TUESDAY of 11th WEEK, ordinary time, uneven numbered year

“You have heard how it was said, ’You will love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say this to you, love your enemies and pray to those who persecute you ; so that you may be children of your Father in heaven for he causes the sun to rise on the bad as well as the good, and sends rain to fall on the upright and the wicked alike.”

To be children of God means that we are to espouse his way of doing things. God is our Father, the Father of all people, he makes no distinction between men.He wants the salvation of all; He wants all people to walk towards life and he gives everything to his creatures. He serves each one with goodness and humility.We want to see the world through eyes filled with Love and to be patient, understanding, gentle and wise.This is what it means to receive life, to enter into Christ’s mystery, Christ who makes the gift himself to the whole of humanity. Jesus brings about charity in our hearts and from the start of Christianity the Churches came to the help of one another This love spread out to all. The Church of Macedonia is in distress and going through trials. The Macedonians are solicited to come to the help of the Church in Jerusalem. ’It is not an order’’’, says Paul,’ I am speaking to you about the ardor of the other churches! Their fervor can bring about your ardour. You have received so much faith, the Word and the knowledge of God, and this ardour and Love you have received nourishes your generosity. ’What is lived within the Church is also lived outside of it!

“If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Do not even the tax collectors do as much?”

May I be so benevolent and joyful that all who come near to me may feel the Presence of God. Closing my ears to any kind of calumny, keeping my tongue from

any sort of evil word, may our minds be filled with nothing but blessings. Clothe ourselves once again in the Goodness of Jesus, for God alone is Good and God gives his goodness to us so that we can address ourselves to Him and offer ourselves to Him as Christ does. God comes to the help of his people : He gives His Love! When we thoughtfully go to help the needs of people in misery, it is Christ coming to the rescue in his Church. If we suffer and are in distress, let us go to the rescue of those in need and thus we shall find life instead of turning in on ourselves, for that is a path that leads to death. And so if we visit a brother in misery it is an offering to the Lord and we ask Him to fill us with His Love.

“And if you save your greetings for your brothers, are you doing anything exceptional? Do not even the gentiles do as much? You must therefore be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

By this strong call, we can come to understand how we are called to enter into the ways of God and so forgive one another. We only have to receive constantly this Goodness for it to traverse our lives. In his Goodness we can reach out to others and receive from others signs of God’s goodness. Our brand mark is an opening up to all people, it is our way of showing that we really are God’s beloved. Any shrinking away is a sign that we fail to welcome the Goodness that God wants to give and fill us with. In this exchange, mercy and thanksgiving are overabundant. In the gift we make of ourselves, in the gift of our goods, we are not made poor, but on the contrary we are all enriched. It is Christ’s mystery that is manifested in the mystery of the Multiplication of the loaves! We can always contemplate this mystery and the joy of serving others and sacrificing oneself for them expresses the Joy of the whole Church. In a spirit of thanksgiving, this is where we find God’s Joy.

Let us ask for the grace to offer ourselves to Jesus in communion of Love with the whole of humanity.