FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Tuesday 21 June 2022 12th Week of Ordinary Time
Jesus said to his disciples:
“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.
“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.
This is the Law and the Prophets.
“Enter through the narrow gate;
for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction,
and those who enter through it are many.
How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.
And those who find it are few.” (Matthew 7: 6/ 12-14)
How shall I live this Word?
We are called to judge ourselves and others as God does to us: with kindness and authenticity. The disciples, before judging others, look to their own limitations, recognize the beam that prevents them from seeing well … But, at the same time, they know how to distinguish those around them well. We are called to be authentic and frank, welcoming and available, simple but also prudent and vigilant in order to remain realistic. There are people with whom it is impossible to speak effectively about God. Others who do so only in a polemical and provocative spirit. Others who hide behind the faith so as not to see their own fragility and the path of growth they should face. It is certainly not easy to juggle prudence and availability, but it is possible and necessary if we look at a narrow door that makes us grow in the evangelical spirit, without becoming insignificant or uselessly naïve.
Lord, make us aware that there are margins of response to grace that depend on ourselves and that we can close ourselves in our own false certainties, in our own pride, even when Your love shows us possible new horizons, a beyond to put out into the deep.
The Voice of Theodor Adorno, Sociologist
Freedom does not consist in choosing between white and black, but in escaping this prescribed choice.
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