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“In all your works of charity do not forget that you do them with the Lord and for the Lord”
Readings: Sixteenth Sunday Ordinary Time
Beloved by God, the liturgy of today's word tells us about a very important attitude: reception. In the days of Abraham, hospitality was owed to all travellers and strangers, because they were far from home and because they did not pose any particular danger. Also because with foreigners one could find out what was happening elsewhere. Despite them they were messengers, carriers of good or bad news. Although the account of Abraham's hospitality to the three visitors who come to him extrapolates the signs of attention to these strangers, it is true to the customs and customs of the time. His willingness to welcome these transient strangers and the care he surrounds them is explained by the special nature of this encounter. Visitors are not just passing by travellers. This is the Lord Himself who visits Abraham. So the Lord appeared to Abraham, and he is not alone. They are three men standing near him. That means that the Lord does not travel alone. The other two characters could, if necessary, testify to the truth of the news of which he is the messenger. And the news which the Lord and his messengers announce relates to Abraham and Sarah: “At the time set for birth, and at that time Sarah your wife will have a son.”
Beloved by God, the self-sufficiency of our societies and the speed with which information circulates today change our view of those who come from elsewhere, no longer seen as news carriers but, more often, as intruders: burdens to the economy and threats to social peace. That does not mean that our societies are less welcoming today than in the past. The world is changing. Globalization, globalization, and the Church speaks of the great human family bringing together the peoples and nations of the earth. Even cultural or religious differences are no longer as foreign to each other. There is a better knowledge of the genius of each culture. And in this new context, reception follows other rules inspired by the duty to reach out to brothers in need. Today, migrant aid associations, sometimes pushing the caution of States, are trying to advance the rights of children, women and men who, in order to survive, are forced into exile. These millions of internally displaced persons are no longer the carriers of good news, but are often victims of domestic and international violence and inequality. Today, perhaps more than ever, it is no longer a question of welcoming the foreigner, but the brother whom the material, social, ideological or religious situation has forced us to approach us. The stranger became our neighbour: the one whom the Gospel teaches us to welcome and love like a brother. The next one is not just who I am approaching. Our neighbour is also the one who needs to be welcomed. The one who comes to us to become our neighbor.
We therefore have to invent and practice hospitality that meets challenges such as bringing cultures, peoples and nations together. The experience of the Church, which for two thousand years has brought to the peoples and nations the Gospel of salvation, enlightens the search for the men of good will who work for the advent of an ever more fraternal humanity.
In addition to the duty of each individual to care for his neighbour, there is the spiritual dimension that the Gospel reminds us on this day. Marthe's comment that he complains of being alone in providing the service draws our attention to the other dimension of reception which, if reduced to the simple social rules applied in this area, leaves the people concerned in dissatisfaction. And that's how Marthe feels. The many occupations of the service do not meet its expectations. She lacks what Mary, her sister, finds listening to Jesus. It is about this lack that she complains when she addressed Jesus: “Doesn't it matter to you that my sister let me do the service alone? Martha did everything to receive Jesus well without taking the time to welcome him who visits them. He who not only carries Good News for his guests but who is this Good News.
Marthe welcomes the visitor without taking the time to listen to the message he carries. By behaving in this way, Martha, in the words of Jesus, deprives herself of the best part. In all that we do, in the most beautiful works of charity, let us never forget, the Gospel of this day tells us, to do it with the Lord and for the Lord. It is the Good News that fulfills our expectations. It is our life and our salvation. He comes to us and invites himself to our house.
Orgue:At the Great Organ, Guy Didier
John Sebastian Bach
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