Le lent progrès de l’accroissement du Royaume de Dieu

Réflexion biblique pour le 11e dimanche du temps ordinaire (année B)La croissance des plantes, des arbres, des fleurs et du gazon se produit tranquillement et silencieusement, sans que nous nous en rendions compte. Cette réalité imprègne l’ensemble des lectures de ce dimanche (Ézéchiel 17, 22-24; Psaume 92; Marc 4, 26-34). Regardons chacun de ces textes en appliquant l’image de la croissance des plantes à celle du Royaume de Dieu au milieu de nous.La première lecture, tirée du livre d’Ézéchiel (17, 22-24), est une partie d’une plus large allégorie combinant des fables sur la nature avec des jugements concrets sur l’histoire. Cela permet ainsi au prophète d’inclure la promesse d’une restauration future dans le contexte historique de l’expérience de Juda. Au sein du grand exil d’Israël, Ezéchiel sait que Dieu accomplit l’inattendu, soit faire grandir le petit arbre et rapetisser le grand. Le grand cèdre représente le roi de Juda et les trois autres arbres, les rois des nations des alentours. Dieu plantera sur le Mont de Sion à Jérusalem, un jeune et tendre brin de cèdre provenant du sommet du même grand cèdre. Cela fait référence au dernier roi ou Messie qui surgira de la maison de David. Ce...

St. Francis de Sales

    FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Tuesday, January 24, 2017 Feast of  St. Francis de Sales Third Week of Ordinary Time   WORD of the DAY His mother and his brothers arrived. Standing outside they sent word to him and called him.  A crowd seated around him told him, “Your mother and your brothers  [and your sisters] are outside asking for you.”  But he said to them in reply, “Who are my mother and [my] brothers?”  And looking around at those seated in the circle he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers.  [For] whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother. (Mark 3: 31-35) How shall I live this Word? In today’s  brief Gospel, Mark places Jesus at the center of a web  of relationships that surround Him with two very different attitudes:  the crowd and the relatives, that is, the new family that listens and those of blood ties.  The crowd is standing around Jesus and is  seated in the attitude characteristic of those who are listening.  Then there are the Lord’s relatives who instead, are outside, standing.  Their being outside is a pen stroke that clearly says it...

32nd Thursday in Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 32nd Thursday of Ordinary Time November 10, 2016   From the Word of the Day  Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he said in reply, “The coming of the kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’ For behold, the kingdom of God is among you.” (Luke 17, 20-21)   How should we live this Word     The Pharisees thought that the Kingdom of God could arrive only when the people had reached the perfect observance of God’s Law.  For them, the coming of the Kingdom would be God’s reward for the good behavior of the people.  Jesus says the contrary.  The coming of the Kingdom cannot be observed as one observes the coming of earthly kings.  Even the disciples expected the Kingdom of God  to arrive in a spectacular way and thus they asked, like the Pharisees, “When the Kingdom of God would come. Jesus does not respond by giving them a precise date and  time, but inverts the way of seeing things, saying that the Kingdom is already among us and that we must only await the return...

30th Wednesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 30th Wednesday of Ordinary Time October 26, 2016   From the Word of the Day And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God and you yourselves cast out.  And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God.  For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last. (Luke 13: 28-30)   How should we live this Word     As Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem, some were questioning Him about the final days of existence.  “Who can be saved?”  The Teacher responds with words of great hope:  “And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God”.  It is the huge table opens to women and men of the whole earth.  Jesus has inaugurated and concretized this reality of sitting at table with Publicans and sinners many times.  With His experience of humanity, He...

30th Tuesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 30th Tuesday of Ordinary Time October 25, 2016 From the Word of the Day Then he said, “What is the kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it?  It is like a mustard seed that a person took and planted in the garden. When it was fully grown, it became a large bush and ‘the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches.   (Luke 13: 18-19)   How should we live this Word     In reality, God’s Kingdom is small, hidden, fragile, but full of an extraordinary capacity to make the dough grow, the tree able to receive and give hospitality to the birds of the air.  Sometimes, however, we are tempted to look at the things of God with a worldly gaze, letting ourselves be tempted by the seduction of statistics, of the weight of numbers.  God’s logic is very different.  It is the logic of oneness, not of the crowd; of the heart and not of the weight of numbers.  Let us look into the eyes of our sisters and brothers with whom we share hope, more attentive that the salt will not lose its flavor.  Jesus is attentive to...