Thursday 10 September 2015

Tuesday of 25th Week, uneven numbered year Mardi d e la 25e semaine, année impaire

"Jesus said, ’My mother and my brothers are those who hear the Word of God and put it into practice.’

Es. 6, 7—12b-20 Ps. 121 LK.8,19-21

Tuesday of 25th Week, unevne numbered year

“His mother and his brothers came looking for him, but they could not get to him because of the crowd.”

Jesus is surrounded by a crowd of poor people, those who limp and who are infirm, the blind, who get so close to him in this crowd and are right there in front of him. Since people can’ get to him, they signal to him that his mother and brothers want to see him! Jesus gives answers to those who are close to him and want to see him ; they have passed through obstacles materially speaking that were impossible in placing how first of all they need to listen to God’s word : this is what makes up the family really. This is what builds up the feeling of belonging together : an active listening to each person. Nothing will be able to be detected at first,not even any common sharing, but little by little, there will come about a common fruit, one which is spiritual. ’My mother and sisters, ’ says Jesus,’are those who listen to the Word of God and who keep it within themselves.’ Not only does Jesus glorify the Father whos sent him, but he glorifies his mother who accomplishes the Word of God in her own flesh. ’May it be done according to your Word“; it is the witness of grace, of the Holy Spirit who brings about the birth of a new world. The Holy Spirt warms and enlightens the heart of those who get close to him ’See how they love one another.’ The ’good earth’ welcomed the Word of God, it is Mary who by faith , was fundamentally changed in her life.”Jesus was told : ’Your mother and brothers are standing outside and want to see you."

A new family is formed when people listen to the Word of God and when this is put into practice. When Jesus says ’My mother, my brothers’ he speaks like a first born of a multitude of brothers. He is the Head of the new Body of the Church, unified by the Holy Spirit, the Eternal Son of God who took on flesh through the Virgin Mary thanks to the fact she welcomed God’s Word. There is an identity that is built up, devlops, is weaved amongst each other. The true identity of mankind is in the process of becoming what it is called to become : it is not reduced to something that has been acquired and is already there and we can see , it is not a fixed, intangible thing, where each person has only to

act according to an established norm.It doesn’t close up on itself. Mary welcomed Jesus in her faith before she welcomed him in her flesh and the same goes for the Church. ’The multidute of believers had one heart and one soul.’ Those who listen to God’s Word are the sisters and brothers of Jesus, he finds himself in them, there is a link of cause and effect between listening to God’s Word and the warm understabing between the disciples. ’This one soul and one heart’ is when the Word of the Gospel is put into practice : it is a new people.In the same way we listen to the Word of God and put it into practice, depends the fecundity of the Church, the announce of the Good News.

“Jesus replied to them : ’My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”

It’s a question of our Christian identity. Mary fomed Christ’s body, she still is forming the Church, the members of Christ’s body whom we are.’My mother and my brothers are those who listen to the word of God and who put it into practice.’ Elizabeth wasn’t mistaken, : ’ Blessed are you who believd in the words said to you by the Lord.’ By listening to Jesus,, by becoming like him and entering into my state of filiation, all this brings me closer to Jesus and in this way I can situate myelf before Him.. Today I can get closer to him in recieving what has been given to me for my own,letting it fructify; by doing this,I also get close to my brothers and sisters. Those who let themselves be worked by the Word of God are a ferment in what goes to make bread,,they are moved by the Holy Spirit : ’God is the perfect unity, God is the true love, give to your children one heart, one soul so that the body of your Church recieves from this a greater vitality."

We ask for the grace to be transformed by the Word of God like Mary wastransformed in bearing Jesus and in letting him grow within her.