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“Jesus is the non-violent par excellence. He invites us to have the courage to engage in dialogue with those who do not share our beliefs.”
Readings: Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
This summer, some will have the joy of going on vacation, others will not experience the joy of having a real holiday, but may this period not be, for any of us, a time during which we will set ourselves on a “holiday” of the Lord.
In this Sunday's Gospel text, Jesus goes up to Jerusalem where he is to be put to death: “As was the time when Jesus was to be kidnapped”. What approaches for Jesus is: The Passover with its two sides: death and the passage to the life of the Father. On this path, we are invited to contemplate three attitudes of Jesus, in order to live from it.
- The first is courage: “Jesus took the road with determination, with courage.” On our roads, the ordeal is sometimes too heavy, the future seems clogged and we often want to resign, to put our burden on the side of the road, waiting for which we don't know what help! Jesus' example invites us to rise bravely, to take back the burden of our lives, and to continue the road with courage. What a light and comfort given to all those who suffer and who have to stand at any cost, in sometimes overwhelming trials.
- The second is the renunciation of all violence. We know from experience that violence has never resolved any conflict. Jesus who lived in a hostile and dangerous climate is the non-violent par excellence. He waits for the slow work of truth in the hearts of men and respects his freedom to the end. He invites us to have the courage to engage in dialogue with those who do not share our views or who have beliefs different from ours, who are not like us. The quality of listening and speaking can make things happen, and what seemed insurmountable becomes possible.
- The third: Jesus proposes very strong demands to those who want to follow him and therefore to enter into full and complete confidence, a confidence that is not measured, does not truly hope...
. Jesus stresses that to follow him, one must accept discomfort, poverty, insecurity No earth security can guarantee the commitment of those who want to accompany him: “The Son of Man has no place to rest his head”.
. Jesus demands complete availability and without delay to the call received: “Let the dead (those who do not care about the things of God and therefore do not live) bury the dead (dead)”.
. Jesus asks for immediate radicality without looking back. The Kingdom calls for unconditional adherence: “He who puts his hand in the plow and looks back is not worthy of the Kingdom of God”.
“Brothers, it is that we may be free that Christ has set us free... So hold on... you have been called to freedom... let this freedom not be a pretext for your selfishness; on the contrary, put yourself, out of love, at the service of one another! ,” reminds us of St. Paul. The only requirement of the Kingdom of God, the one that sums up all the others because it contains them all, is the law of Love that puts us in the very feelings of Christ ascends to Jerusalem. Nothing is more contrary to the Gospel than this indecision, this spiritual laziness which is justified in its compromises and half-measures. Don't be half-time Christians, get your shirt wet, François told the WYD in Rio.
So if we really understood the novelty and radicality of the Gospel, this summer, let us not leave Jesus on a “vacancy”.
Father Francis Corbière
Gospel and Homily
Organ: At the Great Organ, Guy Didier
Entry: Fantasy and Fugue on “Ad nos Ad Salutarem Undam” (F. Liszt)
Offertory: “Ave Maria” (G. Caccini), voice: Jacqueline Richard
Communion: “Largo” of the Concerto in D (Vivaldi)
Release: “Prelude and Fugue in G Minor” (J. Schneider)
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