Monday 18 January 2021

Second Week in Ordinary Time

Word for today
The Gospel of Mark 2:18-22

The new

That which is new always comes from God because it moves in the power and the creativity of the Spirit and tends to maintain movement as well as to guide life's movement towards unity. The new that comes from man is already old and is easily recognized because it stops or limits the movement of life. The new that comes from man uses the power of the mind and ignores the power of the Spirit and leads all progress to stagnation in a sea of ​​stupidity heading in the direction of  separation and division.
Here is just one example. Life in contact with nature continuously opens the way to novelty, the unexpected, movement and vibration, as well as to life itself.  Life separated from nature is repetitious, habitual, convenient; it reduces movement and vibration and leads to necrosis.
Even the new that  comes from God can be absorbed by the human mind and reduced to a grey, dull, boring, useless, fanatic mush of rituals and without vibration, movement, or love.
Jesus’s proposal to us, the Gospel that He bestowed on us, is the most innovative novelty in human history in any field of knowledge.  The Gospel gathers knowledge and gifts, light and power for every human being and all human existence. Jesus himself emphasizes that His Word is so new and overwhelming that it cannot be used in any way to make old, block, or immobilize humanity. On the contrary, He announces that whoever uses His Gospel to favor ancestral, deadly interests, to block the innovative thrust of the Spirit, to reduce the movement of innovation and inspiration using traditions or human conventions will see the fruits of his/her efforts uprooted and destroyed.
Even if a  man does not have the inner strength to believe in Jesus as the Son of God, he should use his true intelligence and cunning to operate in the world and to spread the power of the Gospel, not as a religion, but as the knowledge of those procedures so that everyone can put them into practice for their own welfare and the welfare of the whole earth. If a group of people who say that they believe in Jesus religiously use religion not as a source of enlightenment, but to create a monopoly on Christianity and on knowledge of the Gospel's procedures in order to control its diffusion to favor their own aims of  power and dominion they are working against God’s glory and His people.
Jesus in fact says in Matthew 23.13: Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You lock the kingdom of heaven before human beings. You do not enter yourselves, nor do you allow entrance to those trying to enter.