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We collect in baskets what is good, and we reject what is worthless (Mt 13, 47-53)

Posté par diaconos le 1 août 2019

Thursday, August 1, 2019

From the Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus said to the disciples : « The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, 160 which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. »

« Do you understand all these things ? » They answered :  « Yes. » And he replied, « Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old. » When Jesus finished these parables, he went away from there. (Mt 13, 47-53)


The parable of the treasure hidden in a field and the discovery of a precious pearl tell us about two men who discover the Kingdom of Heaven under very different circumstances. The first, probably a peasant, finds a treasure in a field that is not his. He discovered it by chance ; but now the Kingdom of God is revealing itself and offering itself to him. He did not know that such a treasure existed. He had never imagined it… His joy is therefore proportional to such a surprise: it is overflowing !

The second is a businessman who was looking for fine pearls to sell them. He contacted merchants he had known for a long time. Now one of them presents him with one of rare value. This merchant was on the lookout for opportunities. He did not let such a bargain slip away and is glad to have made such a good deal.

He was the man attentive to the signs of God in his life and when he discerned them, he put all the means in place to follow them. In both cases, the one who found himself in front of the evidence of the Kingdom must sell everything he possessed in order to be able to buy this treasure or pearl. The Kingdom of Heaven has no price and that the happiness or joy it brings far exceeds all our earthly expectations !

What is this Kingdom to provide such fullness to those who find it ? Today, as two thousand years ago, this parable challenges us: Jesus is our treasure or our fine pearl. Do we still know how to be surprised and amazed by such a gift ?

The third parable particularly challenges us : the Kingdom of God is like a net that is thrown at sea ; this net is thrown on everyone, good and bad, giving everyone the opportunity to welcome it. God, who created all men, extends his net of mercy on all men. No one is excluded from his plan of salvation, which is offered to everyone, without making any difference between people.

God puts everything in place for us to know him. Whether we seek him as the pearl trader, or whether we are explicitly passed on, as the peasant who fell on a treasure without ever having dreamed of it, so God arranges to enter our lives, into every life.

To be a missionary disciple is first of all to become aware that it is always in the first place God himself who is at work in order to reveal himself to our heart. It is not our apostolic projects that will bring the Kingdom, but it is the inner voice of God who, through inner and often diverted paths, silently seduces the heart of each person.

If we understand this, says Jesus in the fourth parable, which can be summed up in one sentence : « we are disciples of the Kingdom ». A disciple of the Kingdom is no longer in search of the rare pearl, since he has found it, he is now compared to an owner, a householder or a father whose wealth is guaranteed. His treasure is Jesus whom he met and whom he loves and from whom he derives an incomparable joy.

From this treasure that is Jesus, he draws from both the new and the old. The new, for the missionary disciple, is the love of Jesus that amazes him every day. It is contained in the Gospels. The old man is all that prepared us to welcome Jesus and without which we would never have recognized him as Christ: it is the Law and the prophets. Amen

Deacon Michel Houyoux

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 The disciples asked Jesus : « Explain clearly to us the parable of the weeds in the field. « (Mt 13, 36b) This question also remains our own. The question of Evil is the greatest of all for any thinking person. Why is there evil in the world ? Why do some people choose to do evil? Respond to good with evil ?

Evil here being defined mainly by jealousy and division, the perpetrators of scandals, by the people who make others fall… This Gospel can shock us: there is an enemy and it is active; there is a furnace and we cry there. This chaff can actually cause the good grain to grow poorly or even not grow at all. Jesus did not impose an answer, he proposed three parables….

Good and evil will be mixed until the end of the world. In every person, in institutions and even in the Church, there will always be both good and evil. In our hearts and in every person I meet or live with, there are two things: good and bad.

God the sower and the enemy who plants the bad grass always respects people. He knows that temptation is often stronger than their good intentions and that people need time to find and choose the right thing.   « The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed good grain in his field.  Now while the people were asleep, his enemy came and sowed weeds in the middle of the wheat and went away.  » (Mt 13, 24-25).

In these verses, the field represents the world and there are two sowers: one sowed in broad daylight and the other sowed at night. Following in the footsteps of the sower (Jesus), his enemy (the demon) slipped in at night to spread the weeds.  The weed (weeds) is the forgetting of God, of Love, as the days go by.

The demon does not show himself, he acts out of despair, out of doubt in the evening. That’s how he does it.   Jesus suggests to us that evil, in us and in others, is not our true face, that it slips in, without our knowledge, during moments of unconsciousness or inattention. This is the devil’s ordinary way of mixing lies with truth, so that under the mask of plausibility, error passes for the truth itself, and deceives those who are easy to seduce.

It is for this reason that Jesus did not mark any other bad grain in this enemy seed than the chaff, which is very similar to wheat. Jesus teaches us how the devil goes about surprising souls. Yes, the chaff is part of the wheat field and the field of our hearts. We must learn to live with it, in us and around us, and not lose heart. For the tiny seed will become a tree (second parable), and the pinch of yeast will swell the dough of the world (third parable).

« When the stem grew and produced the ear, then the weeds appeared too.  The master’s servants came and said to him : « Lord, isn’t this the good grain you have sown in your field ? So where does it come from that there is weeds ?’ He said to them,’An enemy did this.’ The servants said to him,’So, do you want us to take him away ?’

He replied : « No, lest by removing the chaff, you pull out the wheat at the same time.  «  (Mt 13, 26-29) In these verses, Jesus’ words invite us to patience and hope. We still want to harvest. Everything, right now! And before we do, we want to remove the weeds. But Jesus said, « Wait. Do not cut weeds right away; we do not know : it is possible to confuse good grain with weeds. «   Let them grow together until the harvest » Jesus warned his listeners against the haste of people who would like to tackle it. He accepts in his Church the mixture of good and bad.

Jesus went so far as to cause scandal by giving his preferences to sinners. He is in favour of the method of small steps. He is patient and cautious. He loves the heart of each person where the good grain and chaff are engaged in a merciless struggle. In the heart of the world in the midst of its struggles and tears, the Son of God was buried, crushed like grain.

God knows the contrast between the smallness of this buried grain and the magnitude of the final harvest. He looks forward to seeing the Kingdom reach its full maturity. But his delicacy towards the world weakened by sin makes him radically patient: « While you, Lord, who has strength, judge with indulgence, you govern us with great care » (Wis 12, 18)

But at the time of harvest, Jesus will say to the reapers : « First remove the weeds, bind them in a bundle to burn them ; as for the wheat, bring it into my attic » (Mt 13, 30b) We are well informed: we will not see until the end, at harvest (on the day of judgment), the real fruits of what we have tried to do in the Father’s field. Yes, there is a judge and there will be a judgment; there is a deadline and there will be a reward. From this Jesus does not doubt.

In summary In the parable of the tares, Jesus invites us to a realistic optimism towards ourselves and others. With patience, he transforms us, with him the chaff can become good grain.  Amen

Deacon Michel Houyoux

External links to other sites

◊  THE WEBSITE OF THE CARMELITE : click here  to see → Lectio Divina : Matthew 13, 47-53


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On ramasse dans des paniers ce qui est bon, et on rejette ce qui ne vaut rien

Posté par diaconos le 1 août 2019

Jeudi I août 2019

On ramasse dans des paniers ce qui est bon, et on rejette ce qui ne vaut rien

On ramasse dans des paniers ce qui est bon, et on rejette ce qui ne vaut rien.jpg   160Évangile de Jésus Christ selon saint Matthieu

En ce temps-là, Jésus disait aux foules : « Le royaume des Cieux est encore comparable à un filet que l’on jette dans la mer, et qui ramène toutes sortes de poissons. Quand il est plein, on le tire sur le rivage, on s’assied, on ramasse dans des paniers ce qui est bon, et on rejette ce qui ne vaut rien.     Ainsi en sera-t-il à la fin du monde : les anges sortiront pour séparer les méchants du milieu des justes et les jetteront dans la fournaise : là, il y aura des pleurs et des grincements de dents. « 

   « Avez-vous compris tout cela ? » Ils lui répondent :  » Oui « . Jésus ajouta :  » C’est pourquoi tout scribe devenu disciple du royaume des Cieux est comparable à un maître de maison qui tire de son trésor du neuf et de l’ancien. » Lorsque Jésus eut terminé ces paraboles, il s’éloigna de là. (Mt 13, 47-53)


La parabole du trésor caché dans un champ et celle de la découverte d’une perle précieuse nous parlent de deux hommes qui découvrent le Royaume des cieux dans des circonstances bien différentes. Le premier, probablement un paysan, trouve un trésor dans un champ qui n’est pas à lui. Il lz découvrit par hasard ; mais voilà que le Royaume ses cieux se révèle et se propose à lui. Il ne savait pas qu’un tel trésor existait. Jamais il ne l’avait imaginé… Sa joie est donc proportionnelle à une telle surprise : elle est débordante !

Le deuxième est un homme d’affaires qui recherchait des perles fines pour les revendre. Il contacta des marchands qu’il connaissait depuis longtemps. Voilà que l’un d’eux lui en présente une d’une rare valeur. Ce commerçant était à l’affût des opportunités. Il ne laissac pas une telle aubaine lui échapper et se réjouit d’avoir fait une si bonne affaire.

Il était l’homme attentif aux signes de Dieu dans sa vie et lorsqu’il les discerna, il mit tous les moyens en place pour les suivre. Dans les deux cas, celui qui se trouva devant l’évidence du Royaume doit vendre tout ce qu’il possèdait pour pouvoir acheter ce trésor ou cette perle. Le  Royaume des Cieux n’a pas de prix et que le bonheur ou la joie qu’il procure dépasse de loin toutes nos attentes terrestres !

Qu’est-il donc ce Royaume pour procurer aux personnes qui le trouvent une telle plénitude ? Aujourd’hui comme il y a deux mille ans, cette parabole nous interpelle : Jésus est notre trésor ou notre perle fine. Savons-nous encore nous laisser surprendre et émerveiller devant un tel don ?

La troisième parabole nous interpelle particulièrement : le Royaume de Dieu est comparable à un filet qu’on jette en mer, ; ce filet est jeté sur tous, bons et méchants, donnant à chacun l’occasion de l’accueillir. Dieu, qui a créé tous les hommes, étend son filet de miséricorde sur tous les hommes. Personne n’est exclu de son dessein de salut qui est offert à chacun, sans faire de différence entre les personnes.

Dieu met tout en place pour que nous le connaissions. Que nous le recherchions comme le commerçant en perles fines, ou que nous ne le soyons pass explicitement, comme le paysan qui tomba sur un trésor sans l’avoir jamais rêvé, ainsi Dieu s’arrange pour entrer dans nos vies, dans chaque vie.

Être disciple-missionnaire, c’est d’abord prendre conscience que c’est toujours en premier lieu Dieu lui-même qui est à l’œuvre afin de se révélerà notre cœur. Ce ne sont pas nos projets d’apostolat qui feront venir le Royaume, mais c’est la voix intérieure de Dieu qui, par des chemins intérieurs et souvent détournés, séduit silencieusement lle coeur de chaque personne.

Si nous comprenons cela, dit Jésus dans la quatrième parabole qui tient en une phrase : « nous sommes des disciples du Royaume ». Un disciple du Royaume n’est plus à la recherche de la perle rare,puisqu’il l’a trouvée, il est désormais comparé à un propriétaire, à un maître de maison ou à un père de famille dont la richesse est garantie. Son trésor, c’est Jésus qu’il a rencontré et qu’il aime et dont il tire une joie incomparable.

De ce trésor qu’est Jésus, il tire du neuf et du vieux. Le neuf, pour le disciple-missionnaire, c’est l’amour de Jésus qui l’émerveille chaque jour. Il est contenu dans les Évangiles. Le vieux , c’est tout ce qui nous préparait à accueillir Jésus et sans quoi nous ne l’aurions  jamais reconnu comme Christ : il s’agit de la Loi et des prophètes. Amen

Diacre Michel Houyoux


◊ Parabole de l’ivraie  : cliquez ici → De même que l’on enlève l’ivraie pour la jeter au feu, ainsi en sera-t-il à la fin du monde

◊ Parabole du trésor caché dans un champ  : cliquez ici →  Il va vendre tout ce qu’il possède, et il achète ce champ

Liens externes

◊ Les méditations de catholique.org : cliquez ici pour lire l’article  → Es-tu épanoui ?

 ♥  La grande qualité d’un croyant est d’être un chercheur / Pierre Desroches

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