FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
10th Friday of Ordinary Time
June 14, 2019
WORD of the DAY
You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you, everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body go into Gehenna. “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife must give her a bill of divorce.’ But I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) causes her to commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
(Matthew 5: 27-32)
How shall I live this Word?
The one whose commandments are not burdensome (1 Jn 5: 3) and whose burden is light (Mt 11:30) certainly does not want to oppress us with scruples and unbearable feelings of guilt. He rather wishes that we realize how our heart is oriented, how important it is to notice where our gaze rests spontaneously, if our hand is stretched towards the other in a welcoming gesture, or rather shudders impatiently in the act to repel or to kidnap. Our whole body and our attitudes speak a language that says something about us and allows us to glimpse of our inner life. In fact, the answer to the basic questions that morality puts to us is within us. It is there I decide today to let myself be looked at by God, to let myself be loved as I am, to let His hand touch me and caress me with a Father’s tenderness.
I want to question myself today about the ‘ugly’ things in my life, about situations and people who I do not deem worth a look, perhaps because I don’t notice them, maybe because they cause me trouble, or because I take their presence for granted. Today I will lower my eyes, not out of shame, but to wash my brother’s feet realizing how important he is to me.
The Voice of Romano Guardini, Theologian
We need the Resurrection and the Transfiguration to really understand what the human body is.
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