FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Second Tuesday of LENT
March 10, 2020
WORD of the DAY
The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
(Matthew 23: 11)
How shall I live this Word?
In the Christian Community, the greatest are the last and the only primacy that counts is that of abasement and of service. Matthew is confronting two images of the Church. One is pharisaical, pompous, showy, and empty, dominated by leaders who are greedy for honors and power. The other that is Christian, is made up of friends, sisters and brothers. This is not anarchy, because it is directly guided by Christ and the Father, in which all are equally children. Those who exercise functions or responsibilities are called to witness with their actions more that with their words, the invisible presence of the Father, and not substitute Him, because He is never absent.
The Church of Christ is a community of equals, a fraternity that has as its criteria of discernment, service. Regarding this, Cardinal Martini, referring to Moses and his service of responsibility while he led the Hebrews in the desert, writes, “The service of responsibility is not only the service of those who have some official responsibility, but it is the service of each one of us since we are responsible for each other. Each of us is responsible for those we know, of their problems, of their burdens. We support each other.” The logic of relationships that should regulate the Christian community is that of humility. It is the condition dictated by Jesus, “If you do not convert yourselves and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” This attitude is the exact opposite of that of the self-exaltation of the scribes and Pharisees.
The voice of Valensin, Philosopher
It is something very banal to want to appear in the eyes of others. I want to have my secret garden where I can meet with Love. I want a holiness that remains between me and Him, my God, that is only reached at the filial appointment.
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