Beware of the scribes!

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Beware of the scribes!

This Sunday's first reading tells us the episode of the prophet Elijah and the widow of Sarepta. This woman, being a widow, does not hesitate to sacrifice the only food left to her and her son to feed the prophet Elijah - confident in the Word of the Lord that came to her through the mouth of her prophet: “Do not be afraid... for the oil vase will not empty, until the day the Lord will give rain to water the earth”.

This Sunday's gospel puts before our eyes another widow, who came to deposit two pieces in the Temple treasury: everything she owned. Only Jesus notices the discreet gesture of this woman and says about her: “Amen, I tell you, this poor widow has given more than everyone else. Because they all took from their superfluous, but she took on her destitution: she gave everything, everything she had to live”.

What do these two widows teach us?

Above all, they teach us that the real gift is total, discreet and free. Indeed, the poor widow of the gospel could have offered God a piece, and kept the other for herself, given her precarious situation. But that is not its logic. She gives it all. And it does so discreetly, because giving is not bargaining for satisfaction or recognition. True donation is always accompanied by discretion and gratuity.

It is said that one day God organized a great feast in heaven, inviting all the virtues: faith, hope, charity, courage, justice, prudence, truth, fidelity..., all came to the appointment. All presented themselves, greeted, exchanged with each other, shared their experiences. However, two virtues are carefully avoided. It's hard for them to meet and talk to each other. Noticing it, God Himself sought them out. He brought one to the other by saying, “Charity, here is free.” They greeted each other, but as soon as God left them to go talk to others, they immediately separated!

The message of this little story is such that only to God, and to God — that it is possible to bring together charity and gratuitousness. Indeed, man, by giving himself, always seeks to withdraw some satisfactions, some profits or some acknowledgments. It is hard for him to give himself totally, discreetly and for free.

That is why Jesus tells us in this Sunday's Gospel: “Beware of the scribes”, that is, beware of seducers! Of those who want to be loved without ever being fully involved; of those who only seek to secure an advantage over others. Indeed, there are people who, wherever they are, make noise: they are like children who constantly ask to be looked at. They use everything to be seen. They don't care about others. For them, the other, is someone they can use to be seen and admired.

These people are usually very dangerous. This is why Jesus suggests that we move away from it: “Beware of the scribes”. The scribes he alludes to seem to fit this description of the manipulative seducer. They even use good things like prayer, preaching, charity, liturgy, and public events to achieve their goal of being seen and admired.

And then, seducers always establish asymmetric relationships, that is, surround themselves with generally weak people, because only in this way can they constantly occupy the stage.

On the contrary, those who really love do not make a noise, just like the two coins that the poor widow throws into the treasury of the temple under the gaze of Jesus. For Jesus, this woman is the model of those who know how to play the game thoroughly in relationships, keeping nothing to themselves, and not deceiving. She throws herself into this type of the discreet and free relationship, just as she throws these two coins into the treasury.

We can say that two logics clash in this Sunday's Gospel: that of “for oneself”, and that of “for the other”. To the first logic is linked the verb “to take for oneself”; to the second, the verb “to give for the other”, and above all to give oneself totally, freely and discreetly. May we enter more into the second logic. It was the logic of the Kingdom of Heaven that Jesus first put into practice.

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Editorial

Be suspicious! A word that we would like to see banned from all languages. To be suspicious of someone is not to have faith in them. Indeed, distrust is opposed to trust. And yet, Jesus does not hesitate to warn us in this Sunday's Gospel: “Beware of the scribes”, that is, the seducers, those who want to be loved without ever being fully involved; of those who only seek to secure an advantage over others. Now, to these scribes-seducers, Jesus introduces a poor widow who gives everything, and puts all her heart into it.

We can say that two logics clash in this Sunday's Gospel: that of “for oneself”, and that of “for the other”. To the first logic is linked the verb “to take for oneself”; to the second the verb “to give for the other”.

It is in this logic that our parish of Saint Jacques - Saint Christophe seeks to live its charitable dimension through solidarity groceries, Thursday morning coffee, solidarity winter, the marauding of every Friday evening, public writers and attention to migrants.

I would like to inform you that Father Christophe Hermanowicz will be at my side to ensure the animation and coordination of this charitable momentum within our parish community with the support of all our volunteers who participate with great dedication to these activities.

Let Father Christophe be thanked for it. His contribution will be valuable and will allow us to continue the charitable actions of our parish that he knows perfectly for having supported and developed them for six years.

Father Stanislas