FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
March 2, 2021
Second Tuesday of Lent
WORD of the DAY
“As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven. Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Christ. The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” (Matthew 23: 8- 12)
How shall I live this Word?
In the Gospel according to Matthew, after several clashes and disputes between the Teacher and the scribes, priests, Pharisees during His last stay in Jerusalem, Jesus gives a long discourse. It is a question of reproaches against those who have contradicted Him, undermined Him. Those who will persecute Him and make Him die by handing Him over to the pagans. The words of Jesus are very harsh and unusual. The Teacher, usually rich in mercy, this time speaks bluntly to those who proclaim the Lord’s commands, but act in the opposite way. Hence the grave warning: “Practice and observe everything they tell you, but do not act according to their actions, because they speak but do not do what they preach.”
From these words we understand how these leaders of the people do not listen deeply to the Word of God, but only preach it, without experiencing the difficult realization of what it requires. However, these reproaches should not be applied in general, but should be repeated especially for those who perform a teaching role in the Church. And also to us, simple Christians, who are called to proclaim the Gospel with our lives. The warning of the Lord Jesus is thus addressed: “Whoever is greatest among you will be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” This is the humility of those who, when proclaiming the Word of God, do not place themselves above it, but are the first to let themselves be judged and converted by it.”
Look upon me, answer me, Lord, my God! Give light to my eyes lest I sleep in death, Lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed.” (Ps 13: 4-5)
The Voice of a Monk
What distinguishes an authentic servant of the Word is the extent to which he himself becomes its first listener.
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