FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
12th Tuesday of Ordinary Time
June 25, 2019
WORD of the DAY
Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces. (Matthew 7: 6)
How shall I live this Word?
This rather harsh saying of Jesus is likely to have taken it from a popular proverb that had ritual “purity” as its theme. In the words of Jesus, among other things, two traditionally “unclean” animals appear, the dog and the pig. But what did Jesus want to emphasize? Certainly He does not care so much about the observance of some rule of “purity” ritual, also because He is often reproached for His liberties in this regard,
What, then, is the message He wants to give? Jesus says that the holy and precious doctrine of the Gospel can fall into the hands of people who abuse it, deform it and reject it. But who are they? At first glance we can think of the hypocritical scribes and Pharisees, but we must not, however, ignore another profile that is somewhat disconcerting for us
Now, the cultural and religious Judaism to which Christ humanly belonged considered gojîm, the pagans, to be impure like dogs. We remember Jesus’ answer at first to the Syro-Phoenician woman who asks Him to heal her daughter: “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs”. Jesus also lived His journey of discernment. Jesus lived in His culture and He too gradually discovered the horizons of His mission. We must not forget that the heart of Christianity is in the Incarnation: Jesus was human like us. He too had to come to terms with life, to distinguish between what is good and what is bad, between what is good and what is best, which is very important. And life is a teacher if we know how to listen, but not only. A question can help us: does what I do really help to make me and the other grow? If yes, I do it. If not, and I sense that those in front of me are not able to accept or understand what I propose, or simply think it is bad, for the moment I do not do it. Because the Truth, the Good is to be done but with Respect, Charity, Love!
O Lord, make my heart meek and humble like Yours!
The Voice of Mother Mary Mazzarello, Letter 35: 3
Freely do all that charity requires!
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