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À qui l’on a beaucoup donné, on demandera beaucoup

Posté par diaconos le 23 octobre 2019

Mercredi 23 octobre 2019

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De l’Évangile de Jésus Christ selon saint Luc

En ce temps-là, Jésus disait à ses disciples : «Vous le savez bien : si le maître de maison avait su à quelle heure le voleur viendrait, il n’aurait pas laissé percer le mur de sa maison. Vous aussi, tenez-vous prêts : c’est à l’heure où vous n’y penserez pas que le Fils de l’homme viendra.» Pierre dit alors : «Seigneur, est-ce pour nous que tu dis cette parabole, ou bien pour tous ?»

Le Seigneur répondit : «Que dire de l’intendant fidèle et sensé à qui le maître confiera la charge de son personnel pour distribuer, en temps voulu, la ration de nourriture ?  Heureux ce serviteur que son maître, en arrivant, trouvera en train d’agir ainsi ! Vraiment, je vous le déclare : il l’établira sur tous ses biens.

Mais si le serviteur se dit en lui-même : “Mon maître tarde à venir”, et s’il se met à frapper les serviteurs et les servantes, à manger, à boire et à s’enivrer,  lors quand le maître viendra, le jour où son serviteur ne s’y attend pas et à l’heure qu’il ne connaît pas, il l’écartera et lui fera partager le sort des infidèles. Le serviteur qui, connaissant la volonté de son maître, n’a rien préparé et n’a pas accompli cette volonté, recevra un grand nombre de coups.

Mais celui qui ne la connaissait pas, et qui a mérité des coups pour sa conduite, n’en recevra qu’un petit nombre. À qui l’on a beaucoup donné, on demandera beaucoup ; à qui l’on a beaucoup confié, on réclamera davantage.»  (Lc 12, 39-48)

Homélie

«Vous le savez bien : si le maître de maison avait su à quelle heure le voleur viendrait, il n’aurait pas laissé percer le mur de sa maison.» : ceci concerne véritablement et profondément le sens que Dieu a donné à la vie de chacun. Il concerne l’avenir de notre société actuelle qui veut prouver qu’éclairée par l’expérience et guidée par la réflexion et les progrès techniques et scientifiques, l’humanité est maître de son destin

Si nous nous croyons maître de notre destin face aux progrès scientifiques, techniques et philosophiques qui ont un côté positif indéniable, il est également indéniable que leur côté négatif met en péril l’avenir de la création et de l’humanité elle-même.

«Vous aussi, tenez-vous prêts : c’est à l’heure où vous n’y penserez pas que le Fils de l’homme viendra.» Jésus recommanda avec insistance de se tenir prêts parce que le voleur arrive à l’improviste. Se tenir prêt, c’est être en tenue de service, c’est être prêt à aider, à soutenir, à rendre service, c’est avoir une attitude d’espérance et de confiance, d’écoute silencieuse pour saisir la volonté de Dieu dans l’instant qu’il nous est donné de vivre.

«Pierre dit alors : ‘’Seigneur, est-ce pour nous que tu dis cette parabole ?’’ » Jésus répondit à cette question en parlant de l’attitude de l’intendant fidèle qui  persévéra dans la gestion honnête de ce qui lui fut confié, vivant jour après jour sans céder à la lassitude, au découragement ni à la tiédeur débouchant sur l’indifférence.

Pendant l’absence de son Maître, sans se lasser, il s’appliqua à vaincre les difficultés qui se succédèrent. Sa recherche du bien fut constante, faisant valoir les dons reçus, dépassant fatigue et sensibilité, sans retour sur lui-même. Cet intendant resta fidèle et ne renonça jamais à accueillir la grâce que le Maître lui destina. Aux moments de fatigue et de baisse d’énergie, il sut s’appuyer sur cette grâce et poursuivre ses efforts.

Cherchons ce qui nous attire et ce que nous avons à faire et que puisse notre conscience discerne comme étant  le meilleur bien». Cette vigilance permettra la fidélité à ce que Dieu nous demande et nous fera grandir devant lui. Cela n’a pas grand-chose à voir avec le superficiel de notre société de consommation qui demande souvent d’exercer un choix qui ne doit pas succomber à l’égoïsme et à l’égocentrisme. Amen

Michel Houyoux, diacre permanent

Liens externes

◊ As-tu deux minutes ? : cliquez ici pour lire l’article → À qui l’on a beaucoup donné, on demandera beaucoup

◊ Question biblique  : cliquez ici pour lire l’article →  Quel est vraiment l’intendant fidèle, l’intendant avisé ?

La parabole de l’intendant habile expliquée

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Posté par diaconos le 23 octobre 2019

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From the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke

At that time, to those who were convinced that it was right and despised others, Jesus said the following parable : « Two men went up to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a public (i.e., a tax collector). The Pharisee stood up and prayed in himself : « My God, I thank you, for I am not like other men. -They are thieves, unjust, adulterous, or like this publican.

I fast twice a week and pay a tenth of what I earn. The publican, on the other hand, was at a distance and didn’t even have the courage to look at the sky; but he hit his chest and said : « My God, show yourself to the sinner that I am !  I tell you : when he came into his house, he was the one who had become a just man, rather than the other. He who stands up will be humbled ; he who stands up will be lifted up. (Lk 18:9-14).

Homily  The Pharisee and the publican

The more a being is deficient, damaged, sick, disfigured… the more God loves him. The more a being can deserve contempt, the more he needs to be loved with free love. The true God, the only revealed Jesus, is the God of the lost, the rejected, the condemned, the marginalized, the indifferent. To despise ! How could God have despised one of his creatures ?

« The Lord makes no difference between men. It does not disadvantage the poor. He listens to the prayers of the oppressed, he does not despise the supplication of the orphan, nor the repeated complaints of the widow » (Si 35, 16-17) It is a certainty: the cry of men is always heard by God. God listens and welcomes the one who serves him with all his heart.

The purest and most gratuitous love goes to the one who needs it most… and who, at the very least, cannot return love. God, in any case, is so. Love without calculation and without return. Absolute love.  Jesus spoke a parable for some men who were convinced of their justice and despised all others. A Pharisee and a publican both went to the Temple to pray. (Lk 18:9-10)

The Pharisee really prayed and his prayer can be considered humble: he is aware of his justice, but he knows that it is a gift from God. He thanks God for the grace he has received to be a just man : « My God, I give you thanks because I am not like other men, fast twice a week and give a tenth of what I earn.  « (Lk 18:11-12)

His attitude is not very different from Paul’s in his letter to Timothy : « I fought the good fight, I am at the end of my race, I kept my faith… » (2 Tim 4:7) As for the publican, he did not even dare look into heaven. He simply says : « My God, have mercy on the sinner I am !  « (Lk 18, 13b)

It is certain that no one in our assembly recognizes himself in this pretentious and contemptuous Pharisee : the Pharisees are always the others. It is also difficult to recognize oneself in this publican who belongs to the category of public sinners. Yet, if we have the humility to let ourselves be challenged by the word of Jesus, we might perhaps discover that there is in us a pharisee who ignores himself and also a publican who could really recognize himself as such.

Before God, we are all at the same point: sinners, unable to save ourselves, we must trust in the love of Christ. What is our attitude in prayer : that of the Pharisee or that of the publican ? Are our faith, our charity, our efforts for us reasons for pride ? Are we happy with ourselves, instead of being happy with God ?

Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but just say a word and I will be healed. Do we sometimes believe that we are not really worthy and do we believe that Jesus alone saves us with a word of forgiveness ? » The Lord listens to the people who call Him: He frees them from all anguish. He is close to the broken heart, saving the inconsolable spirit » (Ps 33:18-19). Let us share with the people we meet this certainty that we are all listened to and loved by God, attentive to all our requests.

In conclusion, let us remember that all forgiveness comes from God. He alone can justify, fix things. It is enough for man to recognize himself as a sinner. Above all, we only have to believe that God’s mercy is disproportionate to our misery. Amen.

Deacon Michel Houyoux

Complementary information

In this parable, Jesus puts us in the presence of these two men whose moral dispositions are totally at the two extreme poles of religious life, and makes them clearly express their thoughts. The Pharisee is a pious and honest man who respects Jewish law and puts it into practice: he is in matters of religion for a strict observance that practices even more than the law requires. He came to the Temple to give thanks to God, first for the evil he does not do, and then for all the good he does.

« He was praying for himself.  » (his thought, stopping complacently on himself, did not rise to God. In his examination of conscience, he takes as a measure, not the law of God, but other men  ; and these men exaggerate their vices to the point of slandering them (thieves, unjust, adulterers…), for they are not all as he describes them. Finally, his last word betrays a deep contempt for the public.

The prayer of the Pharisee and the publican


La prière du Pharisien et celle du publicain

 In his prayer, the Pharisee reminded God that he fasted twice a week and gave a tenth of what he earned in the Temple. Fasting twice a week (Monday and Thursday), and giving a tithe of all his income, was the duty of every Israelite. Perhaps you would have liked God to congratulate him for his attitude ?

As for the publican, he belonged to the category of public sinners. Everything about this man showed his deepest repentance for his sins, his attitude and his words: he was far from the sanctuary; he did not even dare to look up to heaven, for fear of meeting his judge there; he hit his chest, as a sign of deep pain.

His prayer was a humble confession and an ardent plea. He didn’t have many words, it was a cry from the heart. On the one hand, a man full of himself and his merits (the Pharisee) who believed that God had to congratulate him, and on the other hand, a man (the publican) who knew his moral misery and knew that he could be forgiven: he humbly relied on God to be saved; he had full confidence and hoped to benefit from God’s grace. He knew that God loves freely !

Before God, we are all at the same point of this publican. Sinners, we cannot save ourselves! We must trust in the love of Christ.

* What is your attitude in prayer: that of the Pharisee or that of the publican?

* Do you think that only Jesus can save you with a word of forgiveness? (Sacrament of Reconciliation)

Where are you with the love of God and your brothers and sisters ?

Links to other websites

◊ Bible.org. :  click here to read the articke →  The Pharisee and the Publican

◊ Leson :  :  click here to read the articke → The Pharisee and the Publican

The Publican and Pharisee

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