Bem-aventurados os mansos, porque eles herdarão a terra; Bem-aventurados os que têm fome e sede de justiça, porque eles serão fartos; Bem-aventurados os misericordiosos, porque eles alcançarão misericórdia; Bem-aventurados os limpos de coração, porque eles verão a Deus; Bem-aventurados os pacificadores, porque eles serão chamados filhos de Deus; Bem-aventurados os que sofrem perseguição por causa da justiça, porque deles é o reino dos céus; Bem-aventurados sois vós, quando vos injuriarem e perseguirem e, mentindo, disserem todo o mal contra vós por minha causa.(Mt.5)

domingo, 9 de junho de 2024

1. "Who am I going to compare this generation to?" Jesus seeks to respond by


1. "Who am I going to compare this generation to?" Jesus seeks to respond by offering two situations: one of celebration and the other of sadness. The first invites you to dance; the second, to lamentations. In both situations, there are those who want to do something in view of the other, as well as those who are not interested in anything. For the first, the attempt and the effort; for the second, indifference.

2. In addition to indifference, there is also a tremendous inability to discern, a sign of non-openness to the Spirit of God. The context of Jesus, markedly religious, demonstrated, among the religious elite, a great deal of closure regarding the question of God. Despite being involved with the Law of God, with the Holy Scripture, in everything they revealed a deep inclination towards the universe of knowledge and social approval. In this environment, the voice of a prophet will hardly be heard, which will be an obstacle to the interests of the dominant caste. Two significant figures are placed here: John the Baptist and Jesus Christ himself. The first, because he abstains too much, is not welcomed or listened to; the second, because he does not follow the same line as John, intending to be at the table with sinners and tax collectors, is also not welcomed or heard. Neither one way of being nor another is welcomed. The questions that arise are the following: what does this generation think? What do these people want from their existence? What do you see as essential? 3. Not everyone was indifferent. Many followed the teachings of John the Baptist and then followed Jesus Christ. Also many listened to the prophets in the past. Such followers had as their wealth not the wisdom of men, the knowledge of the world, the logic of those who dominate, but only a simple heart, open to God's action, full of hope and trust in the Lord. Seeing the works, they were able to perceive the Wisdom of God. This is where you find the male and female disciple both in Jesus’ time and in modern times. 4. Today, indifference regarding the truth of faith is gigantic. Many do not feel comfortable having to speak the name of God; they also feel abuse when talking about religion; They even become disgusted with faith, as if the scientific knowledge they possess was enough. Many others prefer ready-made sayings, catchphrases, logical speeches, scientific sayings. Still others prefer to live in clubs, parties, football, drinking and partying. There are still others who prefer to stay at home glued to the internet or on their cell phones, talking via SMS, WhatsApp, chat, etc., but no faith, prayer, silence before the Word of God, Holy Mass, charity and personal dialogue in many cases. Still others go to Church, often making the place a point; still others seek to have knowledge of everything, even the lives of others, except the truth of the human being before God; Lastly, a few truly seek God. 5. When will we wake up to the Truth of our Salvation? When, in fact, will we be absolutely servants of the Lord, moved by total love? When will the Word of God be our food without which it will be impossible to live? Who are we listening to these days? Why do we throw so many words away and not value deep communication with God? Could it be that our difficulty with prayer is precisely the fact that our desires are not met? Wouldn't we like God to do what interests us, not being interested in His Will for us? In other words: aren't our communications always aimed at ourselves and isn't that precisely the disgrace of selfishness disguised as openness to others?

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