Wednesday of 28th Week, uneven numbered year Mercredi de la 28e semaine, année impaire

“Then one of the scholars of the law said to Jesus : ’Teacher, by saying this you are insulting us too.”
Wednesday 14 October 2015

Rm.2,1-11 Ps.61 Lk.11,42-46

WEDNESDAY of 28th WEEK, uneven numbered year

“The Lord said, ’Woe to you, Pharisees! You pay tithes of mint and of rue and of every garden herb, but you pay no attention to judgement and to love of God. These you should have done, without overlooking the otr.”

Jesus is speaking about the tithes as well as the coherence that educators, whether they be teachers, parents or apostle, ought to have. Jesus ends in saying that our main peoccupations ought to be justice, charity, mercy and fidelity. We know examples of people who give to the Church and to the poor a great deal from from their harvest, others reserve their first fruits for them the best fruit from their garden plot or again they offer a sum eaqual to the sum reserved for their holidays; others give the fruit of their work and all that has the same finality. We discern in all this the Spirit of the Gospel as it is put into practice. Love is an ingenious reality, through little things it obtains joy and merit before God. If we are not vigilant, we can let ourslves go in an atmosphere of lies and thus be in difficulty with our faith.We can say with the psalmist : ’I only have rest with God alone.’ Indeed the Holy Spriit constantly renews inus the gift of faith that God gave us at our baptism. At a particular time in our life we were baptised.This event grafted us into the flow of the life of Jesus. At the profession of faith, at Confirmation and every year at Easter, we confirm this fundamental orientation of our lives. We say once more that we choose Jesus and that we want to live from his Love.

“Woe to you, Pharisees! You love the seat of honour in synagogues and greetings in marketplaces. Woe to you! You are like unseen graves which people unkowingly walk on.”

The dime of the first Testament as well as present contribution to the life of the Church acording to its laws and customs, go in the same direction. But it is exagerated and tiring to give value of obligatory law to these small things : ’ Woe to you are because you impose on people burdens hard to carry but do not lift one finger to carry them.“”Woe to you becaus you are like these tombs we don"t know exist and we walk upon them without knowing.’ So a Doctor of the Law took up the word : ’Teacher, speaking like this you insult us too.’ We know we can have the sad experience of lies that backfire on us.

Fidelity leads to the Life of God and we remain peaceful in our hearts. We need to remain in the source of our baptism, it really did graft us on Christ. The graft does indeed make us live as a brand new person! This renewal of our life will benefit from the natural life drawn from old roots. But we know that the flowers and fruits will come out of the grafted part. Even if we draw life from roots, the fruits are good.

And Jesus said, ’Woe also to you, scholars of the law!You impose on people burdens hard to carry, but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them.“The parable of the graft surprises us with its realism, for nature shows there are easily wildings that grow out of the old root and that take up the sap. It is the image of the selfish, pleasure-seeking ’me’ , the one who takes hold of things and it is so difficult for us to cope with what we really are like! It isn’t this ’outer’ me that must be at the heart of my lif :it is our spiritual person who unifies our life. The deepest being must take all its place in us. This is something that is a determinating factor for us. We tell Jesus how much we want to be situated in Him. Our combat is to always cut that which goes against God’s Loving Plan. Poeple who want to become better do remarkable acts of generosity. The Good Shepherd walks in front of his troop. Good fathers are our model, they give the good example to follow others. Good educators try to live in virtue of the principles they teach. That is our coherence of our life close to the Tabernacle, in fidelity to the Virgin Mary. These small services that are given spread the good humour of Christian life.’ Saints take into great consideration little things.” Thus we have an experience of the tree planted near to a brook : there are springs, summers, autumns and winters. There are also the steps of our spiritual life that give us God’s Peace!

We ask the Holy Spirit the grace to renew in us the Infinite Love of God which gives us Joy and Love.