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XIX Sunday in Ordinary Time

We will no longer be the ones who will serve God, but it will be Himself who will serve us

8/8/2019
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Dear brothers and sisters, Fiat!

Through the parable of last Sunday, Jesus invited us to enrich ourselves before God. It spoke of a rich man who foolishly makes plans on how to enjoy his goods, but he immediately dies. In today's Gospel (Lk 12: 32-48) Jesus adds: Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal", and without delay: "You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. "

The need to be ready for the decisive encounter often returns to the discourses of Jesus. In today's passage He speaks of this, through the parable of the servants waiting for the return of the master.

The servants are ready to open even if their master delays and returns in the middle of the night: for this reason  they keep the lights on and the belt on their hips (the men of that time wore a long robe to the feet; the belt was used for keep it raised when it was necessary to be agile in the movements). The attitude of the master is surprising: if He finds them ready, He will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. With this parable set at night, Jesus presents life as a waiting wake, which is a prelude to the bright day of eternal life. To be able to access it, one must be ready, with the accounts in order, in the consoling perspective that, "in that place", we will no longer be the ones serving God, but He himself will welcome us at His table, that is, He assures us the maximum of honors and happiness

The image of earthly life as a night vigil awaiting the day had already been mentioned by the prophet Isaiah. He speaks of the anxious soldier amid the risks of darkness, and yearning for the light he asks: " Watchman, what is left of the night?" In the words of Jesus, however, the "night" of earthly life is not an empty time, during which we can only try to resist the fear of obscure threats and imminent dangers. Instead, it is an active time, in which we must do the best that we can because as today's passage says, " Much will be required of the person entrusted with much."

As the parable of the talents teaches (Mt 25,14-30), all of us, some more, some less, have been endowed with talents, and we are all invited to make them bear fruit. He who thinks he has not them, in reality has not tried to recognize them; the one who gives space to boredom does not give value to them. The way and purpose for which a man uses his own talents is fundamental, intelligence, health, training received, or the time and assets he has. About the way and the end, there are two ways: the way of the one who sees his life within the narrow limits of the present time (and then generally he exploits the talents only for his own benefit) and that of one who works with a longer horizon wide, in view of the day without sunset. Indeed, he who intends to accumulate his treasure in the heavens, in a certain way already participates in the life of the heavens because - as our Master says - " where your treasure is, there also will your heart be".

In Luisa's writings there are a lot of passages about the subject of waiting and vigilance, but in a different way compared to the Gospel. In the Gospel man is urged to be vigilant and while awaiting the coming of the Kingdom of God, in Luisa’s writings, on the other hand, this attitude is typical of Jesus.

For example, in the passage of  February 17, 1930, Jesus tells Luisa that the Divine Will is heartbeat without heart – the creature is the heart, God’s Will is the heartbeat.  We can see what inseparable union exists between the Fiat and the creature. The heart is nothing, it has no value without the heartbeat; with the heartbeat the life of the creature is constituted, but the heartbeat cannot beat without the heart. Such is the Divine Will; if It does not have the nothingness of the heart of the creature, It has no place in which to form Its heartbeat of life to carry out and form Its Divine Life. We can see then, not having a heart, the Divine Will has created it in the creature, so as to have Its heart in which to be able to form Its heartbeat.

The Divine Will is breath without body – the creature is the body, God’s Will is the breath. The body without the breath is dead; so, what forms the breath of the creature is the Divine Will; therefore, one can say: ‘The body of It is that of the creature, and her breath is that of the Divine Volition.

The Divine Will is everything for the creature. It is word without mouth, It is light without eye, It is hearing without ears, It is work without hands, It is step without feet, and therefore the soul who lives in the Divine Will serves It as mouth, as eye, as ears, as hands and as feet. The Divine Will restricts Itself to enclose Itself in the creature, while remaining immense; and, victorious, It forms Its Kingdom in her, making use of her as if she were Its body, in which It palpitates, breathes, speaks, operates and walks.

The sorrow of the Divine Fiat, because creatures do not lend themselves to let It carry out all Its operations in them, to let It reign, and they force It to silence and to inactivity, is incomprehensible; and with divine and unspeakable patience, It waits for those who must live in Its Will, so as to resume Its speaking and Its divine activity, to form Its Kingdom in the midst of creatures. Therefore, let’s listen to the speaking of the Divine Fiat, let’s give It life in all our acts, and we will see the unexpected portents that the  Divine Will will do in us!

 

 

don Marco
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