FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
21 OCTOBER 2021
29TH Thursday of Ordinary Time
Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!
There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!
Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” (Luke 12: 49-53)
How shall I live this Word?
Jesus arouses perplexity when He says that He has come for division and not for peace. How can He put together both love and conflict, peace and opposition in His teaching? Actually with His words, the Teacher asks us to open our eyes to recognize and see our life that is almost a kind of ‘do-goodism’. The love He asks us to witness to can never be separated from the truth. In fact, sometimes in order to build authentic relationships, communities in which honesty counts more than hypocritical silence, we are called to make decisions that are strong and unpopular, even with those who are closest to us. How hard it is for us to understand that to love each other truly, to accept each other fully, it is necessary to learn to ‘inhabit conflicts’, making our own the difficult art of ‘fraternal correction’!
Lord, support us in our commitment to build authentic, relationships of love, friendship, and fraternity, safeguarding the indispensable union between love and truth! So be it!
The Voice of Pope Francis, Discourse 5 June 2021
“Do not be afraid of conflicts. We find them in the world, but also at the ecclesial and social levels. It takes patience to transform them into the capacity for listening, for recognition of the other, for reciprocal growth. Tensions and conflicts are part of life, but we know that their ‘resolution is on a higher plane” (Evangelii Gaudium, 228) and the sign that we are directed higher, higher than our special interests, in order to leave aside the moving sands of social enmity.
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