Saturday and Monday



Saturday from the 29e week in ordinary time (Lk 13: 1-9)

Since original sin, man feels guilty. This is why, in the garden of Eden, he is afraid, he hides himself and, once discovered, he accuses in order to discharge his guilt. His reflex has become, faced with the scandal of evil, to look for a culprit, even if it means establishing a cause and effect link between the catastrophes and the sin of those who are victims of them. But in God we can see things differently. The question is not to question myself, faced with the scandal of evil, on the culprit, but on my own conversion: am I trying to stay in the holy place, even if it means climbing the mountain? Or do I go down the slope surrendering my soul to idols? In a nutshell: who do I adore? Its a question of life or death. Every Sunday we say, in the Creed, that the Holy Spirit receives the same worship and the same glory as the Father and the Son. Because the Spirit is first “The Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead” and “ this Spirit dwells in us ”. It is also “The Spirit of Christ” and “If Christ is in us”, so “The Spirit gives us life”. He “Tends towards life and peace” and “His law frees us”. We can then produce “The fruits of the Spirit” rather than exhausting the soil with our barren accusations.

An apostolic sister of Saint John

Other texts: Rom 8, 1-11; Ps 23 (24).

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Monday from the 30e week in ordinary time (Lk 13, 10-17)

The evangelical scene takes place in a synagogue on the Sabbath. The situation of women evokes a fragility with multiple aspects. In addition to the physical limit, there is the lack of control over her existence: she is “possessed”, and therefore above all prevented from living in dignity. We can finally say that his state suggests the impossibility of access to full life, since the recovery is associated with the symbolism of the resurrection by which Christ – and with him all men – frees himself from the grip of the death. By offering her healing – recovery – Jesus frees the one he leaves from anonymity and freely opens the doors of life to her. It is indeed liberation that is emphasized here since in the discussion that follows, Jesus takes the opponents at their own game: it is not possible to work on the Sabbath day, but it is possible to untie your donkey to lead him to drink! He therefore emphasizes that he only untied what was hindering this woman, which seems to respond to a messianic imperative (“Shouldn’t we…?”). Liberation, the access of women to a renewed dignity, enters into the dynamic of Salvation. The episode reminds us that the most despised, the most obscure person becomes for Christ an object of attention and love. To accept in us this fragility which sometimes makes us fail, is to allow Christ to raise us up.

Sister Véronique Thiébaut, nun of the Assumption

Other texts: Rom 8, 12-17; Ps 67.

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