Memory of Jesus crucified

Ossza Meg

Memorial of Saint John Paul II who died in 2005. Remembrance of Mary Salome, mother of James and John, who followed the Lord till the feet of the cross and laid him in the tomb.


Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This is the Gospel of the poor,
liberation for the imprisoned,
sight for the blind,
freedom for the oppressed.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Luke 12,54-59

He said again to the crowds, 'When you see a cloud looming up in the west you say at once that rain is coming, and so it does. And when the wind is from the south you say it's going to be hot, and it is. Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the face of the earth and the sky. How is it you do not know how to interpret these times? 'Why not judge for yourselves what is upright? For example: when you are going to court with your opponent, make an effort to settle with him on the way, or he may drag you before the judge and the judge hand you over to the officer and the officer have you thrown into prison. I tell you, you will not get out till you have paid the very last penny.'

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Son of Man came to serve,
whoever wants to be great
should become servant of all.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Why are we unable many times to recognize the "signs of the Lord" even if they are right before our eyes? The answer is simple: because we are so concentrated on ourselves and on our affairs, that we are unable to see anything else. And yet, Jesus says, we are very capable of recognizing the cold and hot. In this case, we raise our eyes up to look at the clouds or we leave our houses to feel the wind. Jesus warns us that we should look up and recognize the time of salvation. The first, greatest sign is the Gospel: we could say it is the sign of signs. Jesus warns: "You [do] not know how to interpret the present." There is an urgency to understand the world in which we are living marked by the tragedy of the pandemic and the consequences connected to it. This speaks to us of a world that is connected both in good and in evil. An objective judgment, a true intelligence of history, open to hope, comes from frequenting Scripture, from listening to the Word of God that enlightens the mind and opens the heart to understand God's signs in human history. This is why one of the most famous theologians of the twentieth century, Karl Barth, loved to say that Christians have the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other. Holy Scripture is light for our steps. Just as the example that Jesus gives of trying to come to an agreement with your adversary before going to court for the judgement - that then it will be too late. The Word of God helps us to see the signs of God's presence and the need our generation has of the Gospel of love.