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"Lectio divina is an authentic source of Christian spirituality recommended by our Rule. We therefore practice it every day, so that we may develop a deep and genuine love for it, and so that we may grow in the surpassing knowledge of Christ. In this way we shall put into practice the Apostle Paul’s commandment, which is mentioned in our Rule: “Let the sword of the spirit, the Word of God, live abundantly in your mouth and in your hearts; and whatever you must do, do it in the name of the Lord.”

 Carmelite Constitutions (No. 82)

Lectio Divina: 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Do not worry about tomorrow.
We are more important than birds and lilies
Matthew 6.24-34

1. LECTIO

a) Opening prayer

Holy Spirit that covers me with your silence and speak without words touch the heart. Your joy is mine, anxieties and fears while flying away like autumn leaves to be replaced by another spring. You're the sweetest caress, when I surrender to the cares of life that loses hope. You're the light that enlightens me and guide me, to you O Lord. Come Holy Spirit take my hand and teach me to pray when you can not find the words ispiramele.

b) Reading of the Gospel: Matthew 6.24-34

Then Jesus told his disciples: "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other, or you and despise the other. You can not serve God and wealth. Therefore I say unto you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, nor about your body, what you will wear life is not worth perhaps more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air neither sow nor reap, nor gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Not much better than they are worth? And which of you, as you worry, can extend their lives even a little? And the dress, why do you bother? Observe how the lilies of the field neither toil nor spin. Yet I tell you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of them. Now, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will do much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Do not worry, saying, "What shall we eat? What shall we drink? What shall we wear? ". Of all these things go in search of the pagans. Your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need. Instead, try, first, the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its'.

c) A moment of silent prayer

Because the Word of God may penetrate and enlighten our lives.

2. MEDITATIO

a) A key to reading

The track offered us for reflection, taken from the sixth chapter of Matthew's Gospel, we understand in the context of the discourse gospel of Jesus on the mountain (Mt 5.1 to 7.12). This discussion includes:

- The Beatitudes (5:1-12);

- The six topics that compare or contrast the old with the new law given by Jesus (5.21 to 48). Certainly the purpose of such arguments is not to oppose the New Testament to the Old, but to go deeper, the root of the commandments that govern the external behavior. Jesus came not to abolish but to perfect the law (5.17 to 20);

- Jesus' teachings on the three acts of piety: prayer (including the Lord's Prayer), almsgiving and fasting (6.1 to 18). The literary form is similar to that used for the six antitheses;

- The grouping of other courses without a special structure (6.19 to 7.12).

Our text begins with verse 24, which reiterates the issue of accession to the total life plan proposed by the teachings of the Master. Joining this project is to love one master, God, and devote himself to him. "No one can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other or one and despise the other." These poles of hate / love, affection / contempt Deuteronomy reminds us that seeks to regulate cases of polygamy, where it can happen that one has "two wives, one beloved and another hated" (cf. Dt 21.15 -17). The Genesis is the first book of Samuel we relate the two cases of Jacob, Rachel and Leah on the one hand and Elkanah, and Anne Peninnah the other (Gen 29.30-31, 1 Sam 1.2-8). St. Paul also speaks of an undivided heart in the service of the Lord (1 Cor 7.7 to 34). The Lord does not kill those who submit themselves! He is Father and is well aware of our needs. Already in the Lord's Prayer, Jesus invites us to ask the Father to provide us our daily bread (6.11).

Dedication to God, then, entails a drop in his father's hands and providential. Compassionate God who cares for the grass of the field and provides nourishment to the sparrows also takes care of us, Jesus assures us: "if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, not will do more for you ...?" (v. 30). The contrast with the wealth explains why, in Hebrew and Aramaic, Mammon is used in reference to trust in material things. The rich young man, in fact, Jesus asks us to indulge with confidence, leaving their security in tangible property, to freely follow the Master (Mark 10.17-31; Mt 19.16-30).

Jesus would have us understand that God alone is worthy of our trust and our abandonment of the branch. We are here in mind the warnings of Jesus about the danger of riches, and his coming (cf. Lk 16.19-30; 17.22 to 37, from 18.24 to 27 and parallel texts). The trouble for material things causes us to lose what is most needed (Luke 10:38-42) and fills us with a trivial concern.

b) A few questions

To guide the meditation and practice.

- What struck you about this book?

- Join the project of Jesus is to love one master, God, and devote himself to him. What practical implications does this choice in your life?

- God is a Father who cares for us. You trust him? How does it manifest that trust?

- Perhaps not the life more than food and the body more than clothing? What is life for you?

- What concerns you in life?

3. ORATIO

Moment of silent prayer

Our Father ...

4. CONTEMPLATIO

Imagine that Jesus speaks to you with these words:

Why are you troubled with your concerns? Let me care of your things and everything will calm down. I can tell you the truth that if you surrender in me totally every act of true or blind will affect what you desire, and resolve difficult situations. Surrendering does not mean smashing, upsetting and despairing but turning to me all your worry so I can change it into excitement in prayer because I am always with you. Surrendering means closing the eyes of the soul peacefully, diverting the mind from the tribulation and getting back to me because only me can protect you like children asleep in his mother's arms. How hard I work when the soul in its spiritual needs and in those material, so turns to me, looks at me and say, "I am thinking of you,"  then close your eyes and rest!

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As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

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