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Posté par diaconos le 27 août 2019

Mardi 27 août 2019

Mes enfants, nous devons aimer non pas avec des paroles et des discours, mais par des actes et en vérité. En agissant ainsi, nous reconnaîtrons que nous appartenons à la vérité et devant lui nous aurons le cœur en paix

Mes enfants, nous devons aimer non pas avec des paroles et des discours, mais par des actes et en vérité. En agissant ainsi, nous reconnaîtrons que nous appartenons à la vérité et devant lui nous aurons le cœur en paix

De l’Évangile de Jésus Christ selon saint Matthieu

En ce temps-là, Jésus disait : «Malheureux êtes-vous, scribes et pharisiens hypocrites, parce que vous payez la dîme sur la menthe, le fenouil et le cumin, mais vous avez négligé ce qui est le plus important dans la Loi : la justice, la miséricorde et la fidélité. Voilà ce qu’il fallait pratiquer sans négliger le reste. Guides aveugles ! Vous filtrez le moucheron, et vous avalez le chameau !

    Malheureux êtes-vous, scribes et pharisiens hypocrites, parce que vous purifiez l’extérieur de la coupe et de l’assiette, mais l’intérieur est rempli de cupidité et d’intempérance ! Pharisien aveugle, purifie d’abord l’intérieur de la coupe, afin que l’extérieur aussi devienne pur.» (Mt 23, 23-26)

Homélie  

Malheureux êtes-vous, hypocrites !

Ils sont vraiment malheureux, nos agissements si souvent parasités d’auto complaisance, de comparaison avec les autres, de calcul. Le saint curé d’Ars, Jean-Marie Vianney, fit remarquer que nos actes vertueux étaient rapidement pervertis par le manque de pureté d’intention.

Jésus rappela que le plus important dans la loi met comme point de référence, pour la vie de ses élus, justement la Loi. Jésus ne fut pas contre la Loi : il s’opposa à sa perversion, lorsqu’on érigeait des traditions et des perversions humaines en Loi.

La Loi est synonyme de volonté de Dieu, de  Verbe incarné en Jésus, Parole par qui tout fut créé. Elle exprime sa fidélité, sa justice et sa miséricorde. Elle est le mode de déploiement de la sagesse éternelle dans le temps. Elle est une Alliance garantie par la personne vivante de Jésus sur la terre comme au ciel.

Purifions nous pour commencer : c’est ce qui sort du cœur qui rend l’homme impur ( Mt 15, 11 s.) La déformation du cœur obscurcit aussi la raison : les jugements et les agissements sont faussés et l’on se donne alors bonne conscience. Aujourd’hui encore, sous couvert des  droits humains, la révolution sexuelle et la libéralisation bioéthique justifièrent  des comportements inappropriés  et établi le droit des riches et la loi du plus fort. Avec les scandales relatés par la presse, Jésus nous dit encore aujourd’hui : «Malheureux êtes-vous, hypocrites !» Amen

Michel Houyoux, diacre permanent

Liens externes

◊ Le Sarment : cliquez ici pour lire l’article →    Ce qu’il fallait pratiquer sans négliger les autres choses

◊ Paroisse virtuelle  : cliquez ici pour lire l’article →   la justice et l’amour de Dieu, voilà ce qu’il fallait pratiquer

Malheur à vous, tristes hypocrites !

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XXII Sunday of the ordinary time of year C

Posté par diaconos le 27 août 2019

Poor man! This is what we mean by the expression ‘holier-than-thou’. This Pharisee, haughty and proud, self-sufficient and selfsatisfied, was presenting before God his “decorations”, his many “merits”. How ridiculous! He seems to think that God, like a teacher, is satisfied if you do your homework. He seems to think that he could ‘buy’ Heaven with his works.

Poor man! This is what we mean by the expression ‘holier-than-thou’. This Pharisee, haughty and proud, self-sufficient and selfsatisfied, was presenting before God his “decorations”, his many “merits”. How ridiculous! He seems to think that God, like a teacher, is satisfied if you do your homework. He seems to think that he could ‘buy’ Heaven with his works.

    Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, who humbles himself will be exalted

On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing him carefully. He told a parable to those who had been invited, noticing how they were choosing the places of honor at the table.

When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not recline at table in the place of honor. A more distinguished guest than you may have been invited by him, and the host who invited both of you may approach you and say, ‘Give your place to this man,’ and then you would proceed with embarrassment to take the lowest place.

Rather, when you are invited, go and take the lowest place so that when the host comes to you he may say, ‘My friend, move up to a higher position.’ Then you will enjoy the esteem of your companions at the table.

For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” Then he said to the host who invited him, “When you hold a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors, in case they may invite you back and you have repayment.

Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind ; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”  (Lk 14, 1.7-14)

Homily   Humility is a divine quality

« My son, do all things in humility, and you will be loved more than a benefactor » (If 3, 17)
To accomplish everything in humility! God raises the humble. Humility is a divine quality. A divine passion that took flesh in Jesus Christ. From the first reading, we encounter the tone of the liturgy of the Word for this celebration: Ben Sirac the Wise calls us to humility in our way of life. He wanted to listen to reality and he shares his experience with us.

« The ideal of the wise is an ear that listens.  » (If 3 ,29) Listening to reality implies humility to let oneself be taught by life, by others and by God, without projecting our ready-made ideas into it. Is that how we live ?  Be attentive to the Word of God : it is essential to listen to it and put it into practice in our lives and to do so, we will be disciples and friends of Wisdom.

Ben Sirac admired the effectiveness of those who acted with gentleness and humility : these people knew how to make themselves loved by others and remained small before God. Let us put this gentleness and humility into our lives, in our activities, with regard to our own people, our subordinates, our teammates or work colleagues. Let us not seek to impose our views; rather, let us seek to engage in dialogue with them.

Be humble and you will see your wealth and poverty with clarity. The humble person looks at others with a benevolent gaze that always recognizes in them something positive. This attitude is a source of peace and builds human relationships where each person is respected and trained to give the best of himself.

On the other hand, the proud man sees only himself: he is locked in himself. His gaze on others is bad because their qualities and successes make him a shadow he can’t stand ! Finally, he is unhappy because he finds no peace or love there. Ben Sirac describes it very well : « The condition of the proud is without remedy, for the root of evil is in him » (Si 3, 28)

And the Gospel describes the final result: « He who rises will be humbled » (Lk 14, 11a) Yes, we have good reasons to acquire the virtue of humility ! First, for a simple matter of common sense, and Christ, in this Gospel, clearly reminds us : « When you are invited, () do not put yourself in the first place, because we may have invited someone more important than you. Then, the one who invited you and him would come and ask you to give up your place and you would go full of shame, take the last place.  » (Lk 14, 8-9)

The Gospel does not say that the first place is bad in itself; it gives it another destination, that of service and self-giving : « If anyone wants to be the first, let him be the servant of all !  » (Mt 10, 44). Jesus gives an example of this throughout his earthly life : « The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for the multitude » (Mt 10, 45)

In the second part of the Gospel, Jesus takes completely the opposite view of our ways of inviting, which consist in inviting, those who in return will return the favor. Humility calls us to welcome the poor, the little ones, the marginalized (Lk 14:12-14).  This humility is free of charge. She is the Wisdom of God ! It finds its greatness in raising and nurturing these people, who are too often excluded from our profit-making and consumer society. He is greater than our heart, the heart of our God !

Humility is the path to holiness and gives value to the simplest actions. God is humble because he is love, and love is never said to be superior. Jesus made this humility of God visible: he took such a last place that no one can ever take it away from him. Humility makes the Virgin Mary follow in her footsteps when she sings in the magnificence : « He fills the hungry with good things… he raises the humble » (Lk 1, 52b-53a)            
Let us give thanks to God who lifts up the humble ! (Ps 67)
Amen.
Diacon Michel Houyoux

External links to other sites

◊ Daily Exegesis : cli here → Whoever exalts himself will be humbled

◊ Lives : click here →  Whoever Humbles Himself Will Be Exalted –

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