12th Tuesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 12th Tuesday of Ordinary Time June 25, 2019 WORD of the DAY 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. (Matthew 7: 6) How shall I live this Word? This rather harsh saying of Jesus is likely to have taken it from a popular proverb that had ritual “purity” as its theme. In the words of Jesus, among other things, two traditionally “unclean” animals appear, the dog and the pig. But what did Jesus want to emphasize? Certainly He does not care so much about the observance of some rule of “purity” ritual, also because He is often reproached for His liberties in this regard, What, then, is the message He wants to give? Jesus says that the holy and precious doctrine of the Gospel can fall into the hands of people who abuse it, deform it and reject it. But who are they? At first glance we can think of the hypocritical scribes and Pharisees, but we must not, however, ignore another profile that is somewhat disconcerting for us Now, the cultural and religious...