FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Sunday 26 June 2022 13th Week of Ordinary Time
When the days for Jesus’ being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him. On the way they entered a Samaritan village
to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village. (Luke 9: 51-56)
How shall I live this Word?
The beginning of Jesus’ ascent towards the place where His existence will tragically find its fulfillment had highlighted a double resistance. There was that of the Samaritans who did not want to welcome Jesus because He was headed for Jerusalem and that of the disciples, in particular of James and of John, who wanted the Lord to punish the Samaritans who did not accept Him. In truth, it is the disciples themselves who do not welcome Jesus who goes to Jerusalem.
It always happens like this. We see, and sometimes we blame, the closure of non-believers towards God, but we do not recognize the non-believer who lives within us.
Lord, come to meet us as the night of doubt advances. Give us the grace of opening our eyes to be able to immerse ourselves ever more deeply in the mystery of your person! So be it!
The Voice of Joseph Ratzinger, Theologian
Both the believer and the unbeliever, each in their own way, share doubt and faith, as long as they do not try to escape from themselves and the truth of their existence. No one can completely escape from doubt, but not even from faith; for one, faith makes itself present against doubt, for the other, through doubt and in the form of doubt.
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