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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – September 10, 2017

How to help God find his treasure

 

There is a video by Fr. Fernando Armellini with English subtitles
commenting on today’s Gospel reading:
https://youtu.be/4iLMP-hBMpY

 

Introduction

 

The mentality of this world evaluates people based on the success they get, the qualities they have and the wealth they accumulate. It influences Christians in a subtle, almost imperceptible way like a snake creeping between the cracks of a rock. The genius, athletes, eminent personalities, anyone who proves to possess special aptitudes are sought after and admired. The weak, the poor, the unskilled, the handicapped seem to many people—even if it is difficult to admit—almost a cumbersome baggage.

 

The community that boasts of its “heroes” and feels an unacknowledged rejection of sinners, considers them ballast, dry branches, a “disgrace” for the whole family. It shows to have assimilated the criteria of this world, not those of God who is in love with the last, those who do not count. He declared his love to the most insignificant of the people, Israel, thus: “You are precious in my sight, and important—for I have loved you” (Is 43:4).

 

The prospect of Jesus is identical: “the small ones” are at the center of his community’s attention. They are God’s treasure, the precious pearl for which it is worth to scour every corner of the world; the jewel that brings overflowing joy to whoever finds it (Mt 13:44-46). The rabbis said: “The Lord rejoices in the resurrection of the righteous and the destruction of the wicked.” The God of Jesus is more pleased when a sinner returns than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray (Mt 18:13).

 

Only if we are included among the righteous of God who “has chosen the poor” (Jas 2:5) and turns his gaze on the humble (Is 66:2), we are in the right disposition to grasp the message of today’s readings.

 

 

To internalize the message, we repeat:
Experience the joy of the Lord who brings a brother to life.”

 

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