FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
28th Wednesday of Ordinary Time
October 16, 2019
WORD of the DAY
Woe to you Pharisees! You pay tithes of mint and of rue and of every garden herb, but you pay no attention to judgment and to love for God. These you should have done, without overlooking the others. Woe to you Pharisees! You love the seat of honor in synagogues and greetings in marketplaces. Woe to you! You are like unseen graves over which people unknowingly walk.”
Then one of the scholars of the law said to him in reply, “Teacher, by saying this you are insulting us too.” And he 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.”. (Luke 11: 42-46)
How shall I live this Word?
The words of Jesus have never left anyone indifferent, because they wedge themselves into the sensitive space that is at the root of our choices. These words lashed the ears of the Pharisees two thousand years ago, the most reluctant to believe and convert to the Gospel. Today they put us in crisis, who in our own way rely on the law to justify our lack of love.
Indeed, neglecting the justice and love of God is still the greatest sin, and no one is exempt from this risk. We think of how to settle debts, to settle accounts with everyone so as not to have problems; we delude ourselves that with the fulfillment of external duties we can earn the peace necessary to have respite from all tensions. Jesus upsets us because love does not follow rules, is not founded on balance sheets or tactics, but is governed by an absolute law. It is total and full donation of everything we have, even depriving ourselves of life. Let us allow ourselves to be challenged today by Him!
I accept the challenge of accepting the criticisms and the judgments that others manifest about me. Even if the temptation to stand back or react abruptly is strong, I ask for the grace to live oppositions as moments of growth and evaluation. Being able to control one’s own reactions and curb the instinct to offend others is a sign of great spiritual maturity.
The Voice of Pope Francis
The unsatisfied uneasiness, together with amazement at the novelties that appear on the horizon, opens the way to the daring that pushes young people to take their own life in their hands and become responsible for a mission. This healthy restlessness, which is awakened above all in youth, remains the characteristic of every heart that remains young, available, open.
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