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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The true greatness lies in the humility of love

7/7/2017

Dear brothers and sisters, Fiat! 
Why does God manifests Himself more to those who are simple and pure of heart, than to the wise of this world? Because He is love! We can only understand God through the way of faith and love. Faith is humility before God, mistrust of ourselves, and of our judgment on things. Love is renouncing our own selfishness to open ourselves to the plan and will of God. Is God perhaps against human science and intelligence?
Absolutely not. But a man who is wise in human sciences should humbly accept the fact that God overcomes any human intelligence. He should acknowledge that he is subject to God’s will: he should put God and not himself in the center of his life. Only then he will be a "little" person in the kingdom of the Father. What is the secret of wisdom according to the Gospel? To feel small, for only God is great: this is true wisdom.
There are no great among men, but only people with a power or intelligence, wealth or glory more or less provisional and ambiguous. Today they are there and tomorrow they are gone. Today, it seems that you are someone and tomorrow you will be put aside from history and fall into the dust. How many so-called "big" we have seen, who have done this. Recognizing that we all are small in front of God is wisdom and the true condition to be sympathetic to men.

Proud man can be feared, but never loved, he can not establish true and disinterested friendships. Jesus says in the Gospel: "He that exalteth himself shall be humbled, and he that humilieth shall be exalted." And in today's gospel Jesus tells us these deep words: "Learn from Me that I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls." The poor, small, humble, meek are the people who are acceptable to God. This is also important for the Church, which is defined as the Church of the poor and must always be on the part of the poor.
And since we are all the Church, we the baptized, do we live this love and service to the poor, to the simple, to the meek, to those who in society do not count? "God is humble!" St. Francis of Assisi was overwhelmed by an attitude of God, which, in Jesus, became clear and manifest as a ray of light. Here is the divine attitude that moved the heart of Francis: God is humble! "Learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,." In the "Praises of God Most High," Francesco, delighted, exclaims, "You are humility! And in in Admonitions " he wrote: " Behold daily He humbles Himself as when from His "royal throne" He came into the womb of the Virgin; daily He Himself comes to us with like humility; daily He descends from the bosom of His Father upon the altar in the hands of the priest.. "
The Gospel, on this subject, is extraordinarily explicit. Jesus responds to the sons of Zebedee and their mother who are marked by vanity: “those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Humility is born out of love. Why is God humble? A clear statement of the Bible can help us: "God is love". But what is love? Love, in its divine truth and not in the caricature coined by men, is a free gift of self: God, therefore, just because He is love, is a mystery of infinite gift. That is why John can write: "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." And St. Paul can add: "Christ loved me and Gave Himself for Me." If this is God's intimate mystery, we can meet God only by approaching His humility. We have to go down and going down we will find the surprise of meeting God, for God is humility.

The passage of January 12, 1900 of Luisa’s diary, contains some sublime teachings of Jesus on Humility, where it is said that Jesus’ Humanity was filled with disgraces and humiliations, to the point that they overflowed outside. This is why Heaven and earth tremble before the divine virtues, and the souls who love Jesus use His Humanity as the staircase in order to ascend and lap up a few little drops of His virtues.
But before Jesus’ humility, where is ours? He alone can glory in possessing true humility. His Divinity, united to His Humanity, could operate prodigies at each step, word and work; yet, He voluntarily constrained Himself within the circle of His Humanity, He showed Himself as the poorest, and He reached the point of mingling even with sinners. He could have done the work of Redemption in very little time, and even with one single word; yet, during the course of many years, with many hardships and sufferings, He wanted to make the miseries of man His own; He wanted to exercise Himself in many different actions, so that man might be completely renewed, divinized, even in the lowest works. In fact, once they had been exercised by Him, who was God and Man, they received new splendor, and remained with the imprint of divine works. His Divinity, hidden within His Humanity, wanted to lower Itself to such lowness, subjecting Itself to the course of human actions - while with one single act of His Will He could have created infinite worlds - feeling the miseries and the weaknesses of others as if they were Its own, seeing Itself covered with all the sins of men before Divine Justice, having to pay their penalty at the price of unheard-of pains and with the shedding of all Its Blood. Thus It exercised continuous acts of profound and heroic humility.
Here, is the immense difference between God’s humility and the humility of creatures, which is only a shadow in the face of His, even that of all His Saints; because the creature is always a creature and does not know, as He knows, how great is the weight of sin. Even though heroic souls, following Jesus’ example, have offered themselves to suffer the pains of others, their pains are not different from those of the other creatures; they are not new things for them, because they are made of the same clay.
Besides, the mere thought that those pains are the cause of new gains, and that they glorify God, is a great honor for them. Furthermore, the creature is restricted within the circle in which God placed her, and she cannot go out of those limits within which she has been circumscribed by God. If it were in their power to do or undo things, how many other things they would do - everyone would reach the stars! But His divinized Humanity had no limits, yet It voluntarily constrained Itself within Itself; and this was the braiding of all His works with heroic humility.
This had been the cause of all the evils that inundate the earth – lack of humility; and Jesus, by exercising this virtue, was to draw all goods from Divine Justice. No concessions of graces depart from God’s throne, if not by means of humility, nor can any ticket be received by Him, if it does not carry the signature of humility.
No prayer is listened to by His ears, and moves His Heart to compassion, if it is not perfumed by the fragrance of humility. If the creature does not arrive at destroying that seed of honor, of esteem – and this can be destroyed by arriving at loving to be despised, humiliated, confused – she will feel a braiding of thorns around her heart; she will perceive a void in her heart that will always bother her, and will render her very dissimilar to Jesus’ Most Holy Humanity. And if she does not arrive at loving humiliations, at the most she will be able to know herself a little bit, but will not shine before Him, clothed with the garment of humility, beautiful and worthy of sympathy.

Charles de Foucauld came to exclaim: "My God, I once thought that it was necessary to go up to reach You: now I understood that I have to go down, down into humility." It is a journey that all of us are called to do: "this is worth the trouble, because it's about meeting God.

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