Tuesday 23 June 2020

Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

Word for today
The Gospel of Matthew 7:6.12-14

Ùtos

Literally: thus all the things you want men to do to you, so [Greek ùtos] you as well should do to them: this indeed is the law and the prophets. 
Ùtos, adverb, means the way, the quantity, the quality of man's action. Ùtos means “this very thing and in its own way,” it means “in this way, as much, the same thing.” When man will be intellectually and spiritually willing and ready to learn the law of ùtos, that is of  “in the same way,” there will be no need for any other laws or for any other prophecies.
But there is more. Ùtos is a "round way" law. What does that mean?
This is the primary procedure of the entire Gospel, the pivotal one that stems from one of the most important, dominant laws holding together the universe and all life: the action/reaction law. All thoughts and actions generate and move a specific kind of energy, which varies in power, quality, and profile. Every energy that is moved is an action that generates a reaction equal and proportionate to the original energy. Every energy developed, every action that is moved will return to that individual or persons who set it off, launched it, inspired it, established it. An accusatory mental judgement, a word of gratuitous condemnation in reference to a fellow man is energy that we decide to inspire; that same energy, with that same power will come back to us in the same way-ùtos corresponding to it perfectly, as an accusatory mental judgement, a gratuitous condemnation. The same thing takes place if we decide to show mercy, thankfulness, forgiveness, understanding, love or joy. Once we have acknowledged this dominant law it makes no sense to move conflictual energies, rage, anger, condemnation, revenge, competition, envy towards anyone, because the choice to move those energies corresponds to the choice to have them return to us with the same violence with which we generated and moved them. Once we have recognized this dominant law it appears only wise to move energies of understanding, sharing, welcoming, mercy, forgiveness, thankfulness, trust towards others, because the choice of moving and inspiring these energies corresponds to the choice of making them return to us perfectly delivered to our life and our heart, with the same power, quality, and profile with which we generated and moved them. With regard to this law, the Gospel points out that this procedure works in a different way only in cases of persecution and Jesus is the perfect example of that exception to the law. In cases of persecution we receive rage, hatred, slander, condemnation, violence, death even though we have not sown or inspired them, just  we can be persecuted simply because we have chosen to follow the Gospel and Jesus. The Gospel returns to this law-procedure several times pointing out that those who live by the sword will die by the sword; those who who oppress will be oppressed; those who judge will be judged; those who condemn will be condemned, those who measure will be measured. Everthing in the universe always works this way. That is why that Jesus teaches us to live in love and forgiveness; it is the most intelligent and beneficial way to live if we want love and forgiveness to return to us
Once conquered, the powers, kingdoms, millenary empires which violated this principle were measured with the same measure: injustice, betrayal, humiliation, violence were inflicted on them in the very same way. The way those empires disappeared from the face of the earth clearly displays how they had ruled  or applied the law of ùtos. Isaiah (33: 1) spells out the principle in a disquieting warning.
Jesus gave some important directions about how the law of ùtos, which represents a synthesis of the entire Gospel message,  should be taught and announced to people. He literally said: Do not give the holy [Greek: tò àghion] object to dogs, neither throw your pearls [Greek: margarìtas] to swines, because they will trample them under their feet and, once turned around, they will savage you. Jesus warns-explains-advises the disciples not to offer the holy object, the Gospel and the divine procedures held in it, in this case the law of ùtos, to two categories of people: those who cannot understand because they are ignorant as they lack a sufficent fundamental knowledge of reality in order to have a rational, correct, adherent perception of it, and those who, out of prejudice or pride, do not want to understand.
The Gospel is not hard to understand, on the contrary it is written using simple symbols and images drawn from everyday life so as to be understood and comprehended by everyone, but it requires at least some intellectual honesty on the part of those who are being exposed to it if it is to be appreciated in its novelty and and enlightening power.  Intellectual honesty, moreoever, almost never corresponds to academic preparation and study, but it is guarateed by other spiritual and intellectual factors.
Offering the holy object, the Gospel, and the pearls, the evangelic procedures to the hands, the minds and the mouths of those two categories of people inevitably provides material for misunderstanding which necessarily become seeds generating revolutions, opposition, conflict, struggle, persecution, violence.