From theatrical mask hypocrite greek to the beam and the mote in narrated from the Holy Gospel

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THE MASK THEATER hypocrite GREEK TO BEAM AND THE HOLY GOSPEL narrated by splinter in

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Unlike Greece, the hypocrite is not the actor who plays a role in the ancient theater, but becomes one who has no heart and sincerity towards God only has a formal relationship and built on mechanical habits. In Jesus', the Pharisees tended to be hypocrites in this sense: they did not really know God, mnemonic simply performed the precepts of rabbinical law without really understand them and without that they could help them live better the faith.

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Gabriele Giordano M. Scardocci, o.p.

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Dear brothers and sisters.

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This Sunday VIIª Ordinary Time we are given a popularized from the Gospel passage of the beam and the splinter in [cf. text of the Liturgy of the Word, WHO]. In ancient Greece many men lent themselves in the role of hypocrite [ypocrités] ie actors, bringing a mask, and pretended they staged a tragedy or a comedy. For the ancient Greeks it was important to talk and tell stories that would help viewers to experience a deep and intimate relationship with their gods. In today's readings the Lord offers us food to have a deep and sincere relationship, a faith that is true and sincere at the same time.

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First we read in Sirach: "The result shows that the tree has grown, so the word reveals the thoughts of the heart " [27, 5]. In this author's proverb, the jew wise Ben Sirach, We want to draw attention to the consistency of words. They arise primarily from the thoughts of the heart: in the heart of Jewish culture is the intimate place of encounter with God. Therefore, if each of us has this experience and intimate personal encounter with the Lord, through prayer, certainly we will have words of joy and hope. We will help others also to have a fruitful and intense encounter with God.

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In this research a basic coherence between thoughts and words, the Lord always helps. St. Paul writes:

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"My dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, progressing more and more in the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord " [1 Color 5,58].

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The apostle calls every Christian the perseverance, to be patient even in times of difficulty and crisis, and then, when you need more stability. The work of the Lord is the continuous victory over death: In this compound, this should be understood today as replicate all fashions deadly as for example drugs, prostitution, promotion of abortion, dell'eutanasia, of “marriage” between couples of the same sex and the opportunity given to them to adopt children … At the same time we are also called to win with the Lord their dead, that fears, wounds and existential dramas. Indeed, lin consistency and perseverance, They have these beautiful fruits in all of us.

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In this journey, in the footsteps of the Lord it is very strong and clear: Jesus, Luke's Gospel in the thunders: "Hypocritical! First take the plank out of your eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to take the speck out of your brother ' [Luca 6,42b]. who, unlike Greece, the hypocrite is not the actor who plays a role in the ancient theater, but becomes one who has no heart and sincerity towards God only has a formal relationship and built on mechanical habits. In Jesus', the Pharisees tended to be hypocrites in this sense: they did not really know God, mnemonic simply performed the precepts of rabbinical law without really understand them and without that they could help them live better the faith. Therefore, in the journey of faith and fight to the death, God banishes hypocrisy. At the same time, God asks us a continuous exercise of humility, get in more open discussion to stress that he himself presents us, especially in the concrete circumstances in life. When will we know to be humble, we will be a little’ as humus, ready to be fertilized and produce fruit according to the word of God. Only then we will be ready to fraternal correction.

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As she is written by John Donne:

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"No man is an island, complete in itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the whole '.

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Each of us will live that whole like a big brotherhood, ready to be all brothers in baptism. So also able to accept the correction that can annoy. Then it will be the end of the pride and the beginning of the indwelling of the whole Trinity in our hearts, thethe Lord will make us strong and persevering to exit from the island of our selfishness, looking very different islands, including not least the Isle of Patmos, greek archipelago, island also known as The site of the last revelation, in which St. John the Apostle, during his exile, He wrote the great message of hope that is the Apocalypse, which he tells of the woman clothed with the sun and the victory of Christ over evil prince.

Amen.

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Rome, 3 March 2019

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