Posted by: livingscripture | October 17, 2018

28th Wednesday of Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Wednesday October 17, 2018

Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time

 WORD of the DAY 

 Teacher, by saying this you are insulting us too. (Luke 11: 45) 

 

How shall I live this Word?

Jesus continues his preaching without mincing words, denouncing attitudes and behavior that are atheistic, but clothed in religiosity. He addresses the Pharisees and highlights how this rampant atheism is evident, and that injustice also arises from their actions.

A group of Pharisees, even doctors of the Law, are offended and express it saying how Jesus is attacking men of God.

Jesus does not stop and responds to the declaration of offense, highlighting another unjust aspect of the presumed men of God: interpreting the Word of God in a moralistic way, translating it into a thousand precepts to be respected and emptying it of life and meaning.

 Lord, defend us from fundamentalism and moralism that distance us from faith and make us see life and creation with evil eyes.

 The Voice of Pope Francis

 Today I would like to pause to consider this special relationship that Jesus has with the crowd. People follow Him and listen to Him because they feel that He speaks in a different way, with the authority that comes from being authentic and coherent, without ambiguity and ulterior motives. There is joy and happiness when listening to the Master. People bless God when Jesus speaks, because His speech includes everyone, addressing them persons and makes them the people of God. You have noticed that only the scribes and Pharisees, whom Jesus accuses of hypocrisy, always ask: “To whom do You say this? Do You say that for us? By saying this You offend us too!”.   The people do not ask these questions; on the contrary, they want the Word to be for them.  They know that it is a Word that does good, that heals, improves, purifies those who say, “this is for me”.

 

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