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XV Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Word of God is for all believers

7/14/2017

Dear brothers and sisters, Fiat!

" Speak, for your servant is listening" the young Samuel prayed.

"If the Lord appeared to me, if He showed Himself, if He told me something, if He spoke to me ... then I would believe more, I would listen to Him, I would try to do what He says to me."

If the Lord spoke to me ... The Lord is just a God who speaks: He speaks in my conscience, He speaks in the events of life and history, He speaks in His Word that is the Bible: both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament.

To hear what the Lord says, we should be in harmony with Him, we should look for His voice, we need to silence many other voices that come to us. Silence is the right climate: "God is not in the confusion."


What language does the Lord speak? Certainly the Bible is translated into different languages, but there is a language that everyone can understand: God uses the language of love. He loves us and speaks to our heart. When we love, we too can understand Him, we can learn what He says clearly to our heart. Today's liturgy helps us to understand the grace of the Word of God and to verify our relationship with this Word of salvation,  of eternal life, "You only have the words of eternal life," the apostle Peter will say one day.

 

 “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish," so the Word of God produces life and efficacy. God always makes resound His word. How does humanity welcome it? How does the Church accept It? I, my family? Jesus speaks to us through the parable of the sower and the seed that falls on different types of ground: the road, stones, thorns, the good ground. What kind of ground am I?

 

The Lord sows abundantly, broadly. In a sincere examination of conscience, we may find ourselves immersed in all the limits and difficulties described. We hope and we want to commit ourselves to be  also a good ground.

It is beautiful and encouraging to think that so many people have built their lives and their choices on a clear word of the Lord: St. Anthony of the Desert, Francis of Assisi, our Luisa ...

It is also important to verify our relationship with the Word of God, our knowledge of It that is given to us in the Bible, in the Gospel.

 

Thinking of her relationship with the Word of God, Luisa defines God as" The Celestial Farmer  who sows His word."

One day Jesus came to Luisa, but without saying anything to her, all taciturn. Luisa wanted to know why Jesus didn’t speak, because that silence caused weakness in her. God’s word was food for her and she could not fast. She felt the continuous necessity of nourishment in order to grow and maintain herself strong along her path of faith. And Jesus answered her with words that seemed to her very strange, because the Divine Master confessed that He too felt the necessity of some food, and after He had nourished her with His word, that same word, chewed by her, having converted into blood, germinated the food for Him. And if Luisa could not fast, neither Jesus wanted to fast; He wanted the requital of the food that He gave her, and then He would come back again to nourish her. He felt great hunger!

Luisa remained confused, and she didn’t know what to give Him, since she had never had anything. But Jesus, with both hands, took her heartbeat, her breath, her thoughts, the affections, the desires, changed into many little globes of light, and He ate them, saying that it was the fruit of His word; those were His own things – it was right that He eat them.

Jesus must set to work again, to work the soil of Luisa’s soul, so as to be able to sow the seed of His word in order to nourish her.

Jesus act like a farmer when he wants to sow in his field: he forms little trenches, makes some furrows, and then sows in them the seeds, and again he covers with earth the little trenches and the furrows in which he has sown the seeds, so as to keep them sheltered and give them the time to germinate, to then harvest them increased a hundredfold, to make of them his food. But he is careful not to put too much earth over them, otherwise he would suffocate his seeds and would make them die under the earth, and he would run the risk of remaining on an empty stomach. Now, so He does: He prepares the little trenches, He forms the furrows, He enlarges the capacity of her intelligence to be able to sow His divine word, and therefore forms the food for Him and for her; then He covers the little trenches and the furrows with earth - which is humility, nothingness, the annihilation of the soul, some little weakness or misery of hers.

 

This is earth, and it is necessary that He takes it from her because He lacks this earth; and so He covers everything and He waits with joy for His harvest. Do you want to know when too much earth is placed over His seed? When the soul feels her miseries, her weaknesses, her nothingness, and she afflicts herself. She thinks about it so much as to waste time; and the enemy uses this in order to cast her into disturbance, discouragement and despondency. This is all earth in excess over the seed of Jesus’ word. His seed feels itself dying, it struggles to germinate under this earth. Many times these souls tire the Celestial Farmer, and He withdraws. One who does the Divine Will is not subject to forming earth that suffocates the seed of God’s word; rather, many times He finds not even humility, but only their nothingness, which produces little earth, and He can only place one layer of it over His seed. And the Sun of the Divine Will quickly fecundates it; and it germinates, and He makes great harvests, to then quickly return to sow His seed again. 

Don Marco
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