Meditation: Tuesday the 15th week in Ordinary Time, cycle b. July 17, 2012
.God calls us to faithfulness, hear the voice of the poor and oppressed, and instead let the proud sink to the expiry of their ignorance and save”At that time Jesus began to reproach the cities where they had done almost all his miracles, because they had become: -” Woe to you, Chorazin, woe to you, Bethsaida! If in Tyre and Sidon had been wrought the miracles that you, would have long since become covered with sackcloth and ashes. I tell you the day of judgment will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, do you think climbing the sky? Come down to hell. For if in Sodom had been wrought the miracles that you would have lasted until today. I tell you the day of judgment will be more tolerable for Sodom than for you “(Matthew 10.20-24)
.1. You see, Jesus, to proclaim your kingdom, you say we need to know to take sides “with” or “against”. – “He began to reproach the cities, where he made almost all his miracles, not to have become.” We say that human life is not a “game” is very serious, where a trial takes place: our daily lives are-or correspondence to God … -Or a rejection of God … At all times our actions are a choice “for or against” God. We do believe in the will of God for us, in correspondence to grace. Lord, what do you expect me TODAY?-
“Woe to you, Chorazin, woe to you Bethsaida.” This “counterpoint” to the “Beatitudes” helps us to think, Jesus, as opposed to “Blessed are you, Mary …” “Blessed are those who hear the Word of God …” “Blessed are the poor in spirit, the humble, the meek, the pure in heart …” The cities on the shores of Lake Tiberias, which had more chances to hear Jesus and see his miracles had to have responded better to the graces that Jesus offered. And this had been his happiness. But, by contrast, went down with the rejection and disgrace. “Damn those who hear the Word of God …” “Damn you, if you can not watch for events in which God gives you a sign and wants to talk …” Am I maybe one of those “insiders” who have been fortunate to hear many times Jesus? Do I accept this responsibility seriously? What graces I have received, and what good opportunities presented to me? What do I commit it all?-
“For if Tyre, Sidon, Sodom and Gomorrah … had received the same benefits as you … some time that they would have repented … The day of judgment will be more tolerable for them than for you “… Jewish towns of the lake, Chorazin, Bethsaida, are compared to the pagan cities north and south, Tyre, Sidon, Sodom and Gomorrah. These cities, in Jesus’ time, were the symbol of wildness, pride. Now, Jesus announces that his punishment will be less rigorous than that of the cities that have received the gospel. Yes, because, as with us, in immorality and evil can do not know Jesus, there is much ignorance (Noel Quesson).The talents that we are received, are both a gift and commitment. The more you have received one else has to give. We are truly rich in graces of God, training, faith, sacraments, the Christian community. Really we have “converted” to Jesus, that is, we have become totally to him, and we have organized our lives according to his plan of life? Or perhaps many others, had they been so privileged because like us, would have responded better? (J. Aldazabal).
2. Isaiah (7.1 to 9) tells us: – “In time of Ahaz king of Judah. The king of Syria, Reason, according to the king of Samaria, went to Jerusalem to attack it. When the king’s palace was learned that the Syrian army encamped in Ephraim, shook the heart of the king and his people, as the trees are shaken by the wind. ” It’s war! In 735 a. C. Jerusalem is surrounded by the armies camped a few miles before making the final assault. The madness is general. Ahaz himself in a wild gesture of despair has offered his own son as a burnt offering to the god Moloch abominable (II Kings ,16-3).-
“The Lord said to Isaiah:” Go out to meet Ahaz at the end of the aqueduct of the upper pool, on the road the Fuller’s Field … “” The Prophet has a mission, announcing: – “Be calm, do not issues or your heart faint that pair of smoldering, the king of Syria and Samaria. ” Faced with the danger of fall of a civilization, faith leads to a supernatural vision. Do I know you hear God also speaks to me, through everything that happens, especially through collective situations affecting a large number of people? This is a point of discussion today: to try to hear what God says in the center of events.-
“Go find your son Ahaz” Sear Jashub “-which means” A remnant will return. ‘” That little boy with whom Isaiah is going to meet the king, who has just killed his own, has a name of hope. No! the future of the nation is not a dead end, because if the people of Jerusalem regardless of deportation, “a remnant will return.” The “remnant of Israel” is prophetic of the Church, in a story not without enemies.The naked faith leads us not to worldly success, but hope in a God who is present in the very heart of the failures.
A remnant will return. This theme of “small remnant” will become a real leitmotiv of the Bible: it is the little light that remains invincible in the dark days, and the key is faith: – “If you do not believe strongly in me, not subsistiréis”.3. Psalm insists that confidence, based on the love God has to Jerusalem, “God has founded his city forever, holy mountain, beautiful heights, joy of all the earth … The kings were allied together to attack, but fled in terror. “By this time, God saves his people the national catastrophe that you see on the horizon. We would be much better things, both in the Church and in society, and in every family and community, if we were more faithful to God and His ways.Not that every misfortune is punishment for sin, or each success, the reward of virtue. But let us build ourselves a future good or bad depending on which path we follow. He who sows the wind shall reap the whirlwind.
The evil that we always have consequences. How can a building be stable-our lives-if we build based on the interest or falsehood?Faithfulness to God be the center of our plans, covering also the human resources to do things with intelligence, as part of divine providence is our ability to supply
.Pou Llucià Sabaté