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XXIII Sunday in Ordinary Time

The bitter aftertaste of some lives

9/6/2019
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Dear brothers and sisters, Fiat!

Great crowds were traveling with Jesus. Unlike the many demagogues of every time, ready to promise anything to find easy consents, Jesus does not hide the difficulties of following Him. He turned and addressed them, “If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple"(Lk 14,25-33). His words are drastic, we could say that they are made to discourage those who followed Jesus. These words are a warning to those who think that living as Christians is a walk among flowering meadows. Actually, being a Christian means not only thinking of one's own advantages, but always putting God first, whatever it takes.

Moreover, being a Christian is a choice, not an obligation; like all choices it must be accomplished using reason. Jesus Himself invites us to do this. In fact He adds: "Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won't you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?" Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won't he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?". Thus, Jesus wants to imply that whoever wants to call himself a Christian must be aware of what this means, he should consider how his life, present and future, would be configured with or without Jesus.

Without Jesus, everything seems easier and more comfortable: we live as we please, squeezing from every day all the juice of benefits and pleasures that we can draw from it. We use what we possess and use others to achieve what we want; if then the others suffer regarding this, what does it matter to us?

But the reality is different: our supposed freedom often leaves us dissatisfied; things do not always go as we would like, and even if they succeed well, they leave a sort of bitter aftertaste that is remorse. With Jesus, on the other hand, we must give up so many things, we should take charge of those around us to give them attention and help; In this way in the evening we will not struggle to fall asleep, because we have nothing to be ashamed of. We will be aware of having spent our day to the best of our ability. And we will realize that we are giving our lives a meaning and a purpose, of which one day we will reap the full benefits. Is this not preferable?

On May 8, 1932 Jesus told Luisa that doing one’s own will is so grave, that if the creature were to prevent the course of the sun, of the heavens, of the wind, of the air, of water, that would be a lesser evil. Yet, by preventing this course, there would be such disorder and terror, that man would no longer be able to live. But, still, this great evil would be nothing compared to the grave evil of doing one’s own will, because with this the creature prevents the course, not of created things, but of his very Creator.

By withdrawing from the Divine Will, Adam stopped the course of the gifts that God was to give to His beloved creature; had he been able to, he would have forced God to immobility. God, by creating the creature, wanted to remain in continuous correspondence with him, He wanted to give him now one gift, now another; He wanted to give him many beautiful surprises, never interrupted. Now, as he does his will, he tacitly says to his Creator: ‘Draw back, I have no place where to put your gifts. If You speak to me, I don’t understand You; your surprises are not for me – I am enough for myself.’ And he says so with reason, because without the Divine Will, which is his primary life, he has lost the life and the capacity in which to place God’s gifts, the capacity of comprehending the celestial language, and he alienates himself from God’s most beautiful surprises. By not doing the Divine Will, the creature loses the divine life, the most beautiful, most interesting and most necessary act of his creation and of how he was created by God. Here, then, as man withdrew from the Fiat, he disordered himself in such a way that he staggered at each step, because he detached himself from, and rejected, the vital act of his life and the stable and permanent act that was to live with him as one single life – which is the Divine Will.

God feels immobilized by man, because He wants to give and He cannot; God wants to speak and man does not understand Him; and as though from afar, He makes His sorrowful laments heard, by saying to him: ‘Oh! man, stop it - call back into yourself that Divine Will which you rejected. It does not look at your evils, and if you call It, It is ready to take possession of you and to form in you Its Kingdom of dominion, of peace, of happiness, of glory, of victory for Me and for you. O please! do not want to be a slave any longer, or live in the maze of your evils and miseries. I did not create you so – I created you king of yourself, king of everything. Therefore, call my Will as life, and It will make you know your nobility and the height of your place in which your were put by God. Oh! how happy you will be, and will make your Creator happy!’”

don Marco
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- 9/7/2019
Chi vuole vivere nella Divina Volontà, deve fermarsi a spigolare, per imparare a riconoscere i canali d'Amore che Dio ha messo in ogni cosa creata. ☀💒❤🎶🐬