Saturday of the 25e week of ordinary time (Lk 9, 43b-45)
What a contrast, in this brief passage, between the admiring astonishment of the beginning and the mute incomprehension of the end. Between the two, there is the call addressed by Jesus: “hear” et “understand”. Two verbs apparently easy to implement. But it’s not always that simple. Indeed, we can sometimes neither hear nor understand. We can also hear without understanding. We can have heard and think we have understood. One can still not hear and yet be sure to understand. It finally happens that we understand very well, but we act as if we had heard nothing. Isn’t this what happens with the word that Jesus proclaims and embodies? Because how to “hear” and “understand” that the messiah who came to deliver men can be “delivered to their power” ? How to transmit this message, when it is the same verb “to deliver”, used here, which designates the passion of Jesus and the transmission of his message? Jesus delivered, abandoned, rejected, crucified and thereby transmitted. Thus the Gospel is “delivered” to us as a Word constantly betrayed, threatened, contested. A Word that never ceases to become flesh and therefore inseparable from the witnesses who deliver the Gospel and deliver themselves to the Gospel. Women and men who expose themselves to misunderstanding and rejection of this Word that is so disturbing to the world. Each one is however called to “surrender” himself and to be part of this long series of faithfulnesses, to take his place on this difficult road where Christ precedes us and accompanies us.
Other texts: Qo 11, 9–12, 8; ps 89.
Monday of the 26e week of ordinary time (Lk 9, 46-50)
This Gospel speaks to me of the central de-mastery to serve the Kingdom. Jesus transforms ways of thinking. It is not a question of looking for who will manage the affair. He initiates the Apostles to a daily attitude of welcome and to taking care of the little ones. He is not concerned with the big one who must be found to protect his interests, but with the neglected little one who must be loved. This is confusing for the friends of Jesus. This is the path of counting. The Kingdom is a matter of love. The first thing to do is to seek Jesus and welcome him. This is the Good News that Jesus wants to transmit to his disciples. He is present in the smallest right next to us. Don’t miss it! Second, Jesus does not primarily deal with the team that sows the Good News. He looks at the seed that grows. Once again Jesus converts the gaze. Jesus asks us to rejoice that a human being is saved. It is not about showing off or being part of the right team, but about belonging personally to Jesus. The exterior is deceptive. It is not about being part of the right team, but about belonging personally to Jesus. What is important for salvation to happen is that Jesus is there. What do we bring? Us or Jesus? Jesus surprises us and makes us change direction. It is demanding, but as long as we are in this process, our faith will be alive.
An Oblate of the Assumption
Other texts: Jb 1, 6-22; PS 16.