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Gospel for Tuesday

October 16, 2018

Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth week in Ordinary Time

 
  What makes the heart clean and holy?
 
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to
Saint Luke 11, 37-41
 
After Jesus had spoken, a Pharisee invited him to dine at his home. He entered and reclined at table to eat.
The Pharisee was amazed to see that he did not observe the prescribed washing before the meal.
The Lord said to him, “Oh you Pharisees! Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil.
You fools! Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside?
But as to what is within, give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you.”
 
 
Introductory Prayer:
Lord, I believe that you are present here as I turn to you in prayer. I trust and have confidence in your desire to give me every grace I need to receive today. Thank you for your love, thank you for your immense generosity toward me. I give you my life and my love in return.  
 
Meditation:
Is the Lord Jesus welcomed at your table and are you ready to feast at his table? A Pharisee, after hearing Jesus preach, invited him to dinner, no doubt, because he wanted to hear more from this extraordinary man who spoke the word of God as no one else had done before. It was not unusual for a rabbi to give a teaching over dinner. Jesus, however, did something which offended his host. He did not perform the ceremonial washing of hands before beginning the meal. Did Jesus forget or was he deliberately performing a sign to reveal something to his host? Jesus turned the table on his host by chiding him for uncleanness of heart. Which is more important to God – clean hands or a clean mind and heart? Jesus chided the Pharisees for harboring evil thoughts that make us unclean spiritually – such as greed, pride, bitterness, envy, arrogance, and the like. Why does he urge them, and us, to give alms? When we give freely and generously to those in need we express love, compassion, kindness, and mercy. And if the heart is full of love and compassion, then there is no room for envy, greed, bitterness, and the like. Do you allow God’s love to transform your heart, mind, and actions toward your neighbor?
 
  Petition:
Lord, grant me this grace of conversion.  
 
 
  1. Law for the Law’s Sake: The Mosaic Law was intended to free them for worship, delivering them from slavery to pagan gods and from slavery to sin. When the Law (and the added customs and regulations) became an end in itself, it was truncated and severed from the One to whom it was meant to lead. Today in the Catholic Church there are enough laws, customs and regulations to make even the most rigorous Pharisee proud. The danger is that we can fall into one of two traps. First, we can adhere to them with such vigor that we lose sight of the One they are freeing us to worship. We don’t allow our hearts and minds to be educated and formed by them, we just follow them blindly. We wind up cleaning the outside of the cup and stopping there, without going on to see God’s love and let it purify our hearts.

 

  1. The Second Trap: The second trap we can fall into is at the other extreme: to give ourselves an easy pass by presuming that “if my heart is in the right place, I don’t need to worry about all these rules and such.” With a lax attitude we permit ourselves to ease up on fulfilling these laws which in truth will free us. “I know today is Sunday and I should go to Mass, but it’s vacation! God knows I’m a good person.” Yet it is in the Sunday Mass that we receive the many graces necessary toward our being that “good person”. The commandment to keep the Sabbath holy, as with any of the Ten Commandments and customs of the Church, is there to lead us to God. These free us from our often confused subjective conclusions about how we should worship God and live our lives.

 

  1. Cleaning the Cup: “Charity covers a multitude of sin” (1 Peter 4:8). The law of love is the most important of all the commandments of the Lord. In Chapter 12 of the Gospel of Mark, Christ responds to a scribe’s question about the first of all the commandments: “The first is this: ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Love of God and neighbor is both the source and the summit of the Law of the Old Covenant and of the New. Living these two greatest commandments purifies and cleanses our hearts—the inside of the cup. So when Christ says to give alms, he is telling the Pharisees to love their neighbors. Then their hearts will be clean.
 
 
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, I want my heart always to be focused on you. I need your guidance, for I can’t do it alone. I need you to teach me how to love you, how to worship and serve you. The laws you give me free me and guide me toward you. Help me to see your hand leading me ever closer to you.  
 
Resolution:
If there is a rule or custom of the Church that I don’t understand or don’t practice, I will read up on it to come to understand better how it frees me and guides me in my relationship with Christ.
 
  Prayer:
“Lord Jesus, fill me with your love and increase my thirst for holiness. Cleanse my heart of every evil thought and desire and help me to act kindly and justly and to speak charitably with my neighbor.”

Evangelio del martes

16 de octubre, 2018

Martes de la vigésima octava semana del tiempo ordinario

 
No es importante lo exterior

  Del santo Evangelio según

San Lucas 11, 37-41

Mientras hablaba, un fariseo le rogó que fuera a comer con él; entrando, pues, se puso a la mesa. Pero el fariseo se quedó admirado viendo que había omitido las abluciones antes de comer. Pero el Señor le dijo: «¡Bien! Vosotros, los fariseos, purificáis por fuera la copa y el plato, mientras por dentro estáis llenos de rapiña y maldad. ¡Insensatos! el que hizo el exterior, ¿no hizo también el interior? Dad más bien en limosna lo que tenéis, y así todas las cosas serán puras para vosotros.
Palabra del Señor.

Oración introductoria
Dios mío, Tú eres mi Padre amoroso que anhelas que experimente la auténtica paz y felicidad al dejarte ser el centro de mi vida interior. Guía mi meditación para que me aleje de las preocupaciones exteriores y pasajeras y pueda ser dócil a tus inspiraciones.

Petición
Jesús, ayúdame a experimentar vivamente tu amor en esta oración para corresponderte con más docilidad.

Meditación del Papa Francisco
El llamamiento profético constituye un desafío para todos nosotros, ninguno excluido, y nos recuerda que la conversión no se reduce a formas exteriores o a vagos propósitos, sino que implica y transforma toda la existencia a partir del centro de la persona, desde la conciencia. Estamos invitados a emprender un camino en el cual, desafiando la rutina, nos esforzamos por abrir los ojos y los oídos, pero sobre todo, abrir el corazón, para ir más allá de nuestro “huertecito”. Abrirse a Dios y a los hermanos. Sabemos que este mundo cada vez más artificial nos hace vivir en una cultura del “hacer”, de lo “útil”, donde sin darnos cuenta excluimos a Dios de nuestro horizonte. Pero excluimos también el horizonte mismo. Hay que “espabilarnos”, recordando que somos creaturas, sencillamente que no somos Dios. Cuando veo en el pequeño ambiente cotidiano algunas luchas de poder por ocupar sitios, pienso: esta gente juega a ser Dios creador. Aún no se han dado cuenta de que no son Dios.  “No dejarse contaminar de este mundo” no quiere decir aislarse y cerrarse a la realidad. No. Tampoco aquí debe ser una actitud exterior sino interior, de sustancia: significa vigilar para que nuestra forma de pensar y de actuar no esté contaminada por la mentalidad mundana, o sea de la vanidad, la avaricia, la soberbia. En realidad, un hombre o una mujer que vive en la vanidad, en la avaricia, en la soberbia y al mismo tiempo cree que se hace ver como religiosa e incluso llega a condenar a los otros, es un hipócrita. Hagamos un examen de conciencia para ver cómo acogemos la Palabra de Dios.  (S.S. Francisco).
 

Reflexión
Muchas veces pensamos que tenemos que estar bien presentados para las fiestas, y si no significa que eres una persona maleducada. Pero ¿por qué nos fijamos en la presentación exterior cuando lo más importante es la interior?
Cristo se enoja con los fariseos porque no han sabido apreciar la belleza interior sin mirar la exterior, por eso purifican los vasos por fuera olvidándose de que lo importante está dentro no fuera.

Propósito
Pidamos la gracia de purificar nuestros corazones con los sacramentos y las oraciones que pueden limpiar el interior del hombre. Aprendamos a apreciar en las demás personas lo bello de sus almas y no tanto la fealdad o suciedad de la persona que está frente a nosotros.

Diálogo con Cristo
Señor, dame la sabiduría para no convertir tus mandamientos en un fin (cuando son sólo medios), ni situarme en una posición laxa que busca evadir el esfuerzo. Te ofrezco que, con tu gracia, viviré una caridad generosa: hacer el bien a los demás, brindar apoyo a todos, ofrecer la estima sincera y servir en todo lo que me sea posible, éstos sí son los mejores medios para purificar mis debilidades.  
 
Despedida
Te damos gracias, Señor, por todos tus beneficios, a Ti que vives y reinas por los siglos de los siglos. Amén. ¡Cristo, Rey nuestro! ¡Venga tu Reino!
Virgen prudentísima, María, Madre de la Iglesia. Ruega por nosotros.
En el nombre del Padre y del Hijo y del Espíritu Santo. Amén.