FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Thursday, February 28, 2019
WORD of the DAY
Jesus said to His disciples:
“Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward”.
“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe [in me] to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea… “Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another. (Mark 9: 41-50)
How shall I live this Word?
For those of us who feel we are advanced on our faith journey, who say we know Jesus well, that we are able to make deep biblical exegeses and theological digressions, it is easy to see ourselves obstruct the way of the ‘little ones’. Even when they offer us a glass of water, we act defiantly, we frown at them and scorn them, thinking we have more important things to do. From here to scandal the passage is short: the hand rises to strike, the foot to trample, the eye judges from above with cynicism and cold rationality.
Jesus calls us today to be especially vigilant towards those entrusted to us, reminding us that there is a constitutional complementarity between the pruning work that we manage to do within ourselves and the growth of charity towards our neighbor. ‘Charity’ is concrete love, love that manifests itself outside. It is the most mature capacity of my person when I know how to make life salty by feeding myself to others, so that I may be tasty when the hungry person claims something of me.
It is not uncommon for my Christian life to travel on levels of idealism. Today I want to be more critical and more objective in evaluating my behavior. It is easy to be kind and respectful to those I admire and consider “great”, but towards the ‘little ones’, I have to pay more attention. I will verify the tenor of my spirituality precisely when I am in a position to do something for others, when the other asks me to be an adult, and I will remember that ‘we are more blessed in giving than in receiving’ (Acts 20:35).
THE VOICE OF St. Francis de Sales
Wherever we find ourselves, we can and must aspire to the perfect life.
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Comment by Fr. Enrico Emili