From Friday, Saturday and Monday

Friday from the 32e week in ordinary time (Lk 17: 26-37)

There are Gospels where the Good News is not delivered immediately: reading, rereading and perhaps praying the Gospel of the day becomes a personal decision, to taste the joy of Revelation. The disciples thus seek signs of the Kingdom of God. Jesus then introduces them to the reality of the Kingdom, interior to the soul, already there. The mention of Noah and Lot may leave a bitter taste of destruction, with only the frail hope that some would be preserved: surely the righteous, while the wicked perish. Our experience actually reveals a little more nuance, when the righteous around us turn out to be sinners. Noah was drunk and died without ever having spoken to God; Lot delivers his daughters into prostitution to save his life, also tastes drunkenness, drowned in incest, to name but a few. Nothing new under the sun. So what’s the point of getting married and working? Jesus proposes to awaken our interior availability: “Whoever seeks to acquire his soul for himself will lose it, but whoever loses it will give birth to it for life” (v. 33). What dazzling experience of the Resurrection have we already had, to dare to offer our soul to Christ in the mundane of our daily life?

An apostolic sister of Saint John

Other texts: Wis 13, 1-9; Ps 18A.


Saturday from the 32e week in ordinary time (Lk 18: 1-8)

Astonishing parable of Jesus which features a judge who respects neither God nor men. He therefore has no concern for justice or equity. Only his peace of mind worries him, troubled by the insistent demands of a widow who demands justice. The parable first asks us about our way of hearing what others – the poor and the humble especially – tell us, expect of us, and how we respond to them. Jesus goes further, as if he heard some of his contemporaries say that God does not hear their complaints and their cries, does not answer their prayers. It is part of the following and the faith of the psalmist: “A poor man cries, the Lord hears” (Ps 33, 7) and affirms that God is just towards everyone because he is attentive to their cries. Starting from this, Jesus asks us: “When the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth? ” A question that resonates all the more strongly in our secularized society. Nothing is taken for granted: will there still be men and women capable of crying out to God, putting their trust in Him even in the midst of the storms provoked by these times of crisis, including in our Church? This anxiety for Christ, how is it ours too? How do we take care that faith in God can inhabit our contemporaries and be offered to them as a way of life?

Christophe Roucou (Mission of France)

Other texts: Sg 18, 14-19,9; Ps 104.


Monday from the 33e week in ordinary time (Lk 18: 35-43)

We often live today in a tyranny of urgency. We look like this crowd that ” past “, on his way to Jericho, who has no time to pay attention to the blind beggar. She has too much to do to welcome the call of one who is forgotten by the wayside. The blind man is deprived of his sight, but not of his voice. Twice he cries out to Jesus, ignoring the reprimands of those who “Walk in the lead” and “Rebuff him to silence him”. Then Christ ” stop “. He does not hesitate to take a break, to interrupt the flow of the concerns of the moment. Because for him, nothing is more priority than to listen to the call, the cry, the prayer of the one who suffers. He is the Lord of the precarious, that is to say of those who pray. Beggars who cry out to him, because they know that he will stop for them, in order to free them. Then, as the blind man healed, each one can become, in turn, a witness of God’s salvation. Which means hearing the calls of those who are marginalized in a world of speed, of performance. Knowing how to “stop” and hear their cries, carry them to God in prayer and listen to his will of love for them. This command that Jesus addresses to those who thronged around him to “That we bring him” the beggar who cried out his misery.

Michel bertrand

Other texts: 1 M 1, 10-15.41-43.54-57.62-64; Ps 118.


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