Saturday - Ordinary Time
1) Opening prayer
as you guide creation
to your law of love.
love one another
eternal life prepared for us.
this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
for ever and ever. Amen.
Gospel Reading - Luke 9,43b-45
was awestruck by the greatness of God. But while everyone was full of
admiration for all he did, he said to his disciples, ‘For your part, you must
have these words constantly in mind: The Son of man is going to be delivered
into the power of men.’
did not understand what he said; it was hidden from them so that they should
not see the meaning of it, and they were afraid to ask him about it.
Gospel today presents the second announcement of the Passion, Death and
Resurrection of Jesus. The disciples do not understand the words about the
cross, because they are neither capable to understand a Messiah who becomes the
servant of his brothers. They continue to dream about a glorious Messiah.
• Luke 9,
43b-44: The contrast. “Everyone was full of admiration for all he did”. Jesus
said to his disciples “For your part you must have these words constantly in
mind: The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the power of men”. The
contrast is very big. On one side, the vibration and admiration of the people
for everything that Jesus said and did. Jesus seems to correspond to all
that people dream, believe and expect. On the other side, the affirmation of
Jesus that he will be put to death and delivered in the hands of men, that is,
the opinion of the authority on Jesus is totally contrary to the opinion of the
• Luke 9,
45: The announcement of the Cross. “But they did not understand what he
said; for them it was so mysterious, that they did not understand the sense and were
afraid to ask questions concerning this argument”. The disciples listened to
him but they did not understand the words about the cross. But even in this
way, they do not ask for any clarification. They are afraid to show their
title Son of Man. This name appears quite frequently in the Gospels: 12
times in John, 13 in Mark, 28 in Luke, 30 in Matthew. In all, it appears 83
times in the four Gospels. This is the name which pleased Jesus the most. This
title comes from the Old Testament. In the Book of Ezekiel, is indicated the
very human condition of the prophet (Ez 3, 1.4.10. 17; 4, 1 etc.). In the Book
of Daniel, the same title appears in the apocalyptic vision (Dn 7, 1-28), in
which Daniel describes the empires of the Babylonians, of the Medes, of the
Persians and of the Greeks. In the vision of the prophet, these four empires
have the appearance of “monstrous animals” (cf. Dn 7, 3-8). They are animal
empires which are brutal, inhuman, which persecute, dehumanize and kill (Dn 7,
21.25). In the vision of the prophet, after the anti-human kingdoms, the
Kingdom of God appears which has the appearance, not of an animal, but rather
of a human person, Son of Man. That is, a Kingdom with the appearance of
people, a human kingdom, which promotes life, it humanizes (Dn 7, 13-14). In
the prophecy of Daniel the Son of Man represents, not an individual, but
rather, as he himself says, the “people of the Saints of the Most High” (Dn 7,
27; cf. Dn 7, 18). It is the People of God who do not allow themselves to be
dehumanized nor deceived or manipulated by the dominating ideology of the
animal empires. The Mission of the Son of Man, that is, of the People of God,
consists in realizing the Kingdom of God like a human kingdom. That is, a
Kingdom which promotes life, which humanizes persons.
himself as Son of Man to the disciples, Jesus makes his own this mission which
is the mission of all the People of God. It is as if he would say to them and
to all of us: “Come with me! This mission is not only mine, but it belongs to
all of us! Let us go together to carry out the mission which God has entrusted
to us, and thus realize the human and humanizing Kingdom which he dreamt!” And
he did this during all his life, especially during the last three years. Pope
Leo the Great said: “Jesus was so human, but so human, like only God can be
human”. The more human he was, the more divine he was. The more he is “Son of
Man” the more he is “Son of God!” Everything which dehumanizes persons draws
away from God. That was condemned by God, who has placed the good of the human
person above all the laws, above the Sabbath or Saturday (Mk 2, 27). At the
moment when he was condemned to death by the religious tribunal of the
Synedrium, Jesus assumes this title. When he was asked if he was “the Son of God”
(Mk 14, 61), he answered that he is the “Son of Man”: “I am. And you will see
the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Almighty” (Mk 14, 62). Because
of this affirmation he was declared, by the authority, guilty deserving death.
He himself knew it because he had said: “The Son of Man did not come to be
served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mk 10, 45).
• How do
you combine in your life, suffering and faith in God?
• In the
time of Jesus there was contrast: people thought and expected or hoped in a
certain way; the religious authority thought and expected or hoped in a
different way. Today, this same contrast exists.
is planted firm in heaven.
constancy endures from age to age;
established the earth and it stands firm. (Ps 119,89-90)