Posted by: livingscripture | June 22, 2018

Eleventh Friday of Ordinary Time

 FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Friday June 22, 2018

     Week Eleven of Ordinary Time 

 WORD of the DAY 

For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.        (Mt 6: 21-23)

 

How shall I live this Word?

In today’s Gospel, Jesus mentions the two most important organs of our body: the heart and the eye and attributes to the latter an interesting (simple) adjective. “The lamp of the body is the eye; so if your eye is simple (haplous), your whole body will be bright, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be dark.”  The heart and the eye refer to each other and play a related function in our body, in intimate interdependence of each other. The eye presides over physical illumination and turns out to be the most expressive synthesis of the whole person. “The eye is the mirror of the soul”, says popular wisdom. The heart presides over inner and spiritual discernment. The one communicates the enlightened reality to the other: that which the eye contemplates passes to the heart, and that which is pointed out by the heart is to be reflected clearly in the eye. For this circularity between eye and heart, in the “unified” and “simple” person, everything is order, light, and transparency, everything is true, genuine, and authentic. Thus it happens that the “yes” and the “no” pronounced with the lips correspond truly and exactly to those pronounced in the interior (Mt 5:37). The non-simple heart (diplous, double) and the bad eye (Mt 6, 22) are exterior signs of an inner laceration, of an incomplete total adherence to Christ and therefore a sign of a spiritually schizophrenic personality.

The simple person does not get distracted by what is secondary, marginal, superficial;  is not lost in frills, in shallowness and banality, but goes directly to the essential: progressively reduces life to the essential, puts God at the center of existence and revolves everything around this “center” aspiring to direct all of self exclusively towards God “with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our strength” (Dt 6: 5). St. Gregory the Great states it stupendously and concisely: “The simple God simplifies the one in whose heart He dwells. The one who participates in the life of God becomes simple “(Moralia XV, 6). Simplicity involves a patient work of simplifying one’s life. It is in fact to purify, remove, drop the accessory, eliminate the opacity, focus on the essential, evacuate all the idols.

The Voice of the Great St. Francis of Assisi

The Saint practiced personally with special care and loved in others holy simplicity, daughter of grace, true sister of wisdom, mother of justice. Not that he approves any kind of simplicity, but only that for which God suffices and for which everything else does not count … It is the simplicity that in all divine laws leaves the tortuous words, ornaments and tinsel, as well as ostentation and curiosity of those who want to get lost, and seeks not the rind, but the marrow, not the shell, but the core, not many things, but the very, the highest and stable good … For this, in the Lauds he composed concerning the virtues , he says: “Hail, oh queen wisdom, may the Lord save you with your sister, pure and holy simplicity.

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