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XXVI Sunday in Ordinary Time

Say your "yes" to the Lord with joy

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Dear brothers and sisters, Fiat!

We have been given in the gospel the parable of the two children. A son says "yes" to his father, then he does nothing; the other says "no", then he repents and does what he is asked to do. it's immediately evident the behavior we should choose.

The Apostle Paul, in the second reading, presents Jesus, the Son of God who fully said His "yes" to the Father, even when it was very difficult for Him. We worship Christ Jesus, we are before Him, we love Him, we believe in Him. He said "yes." And we are invited to look at Him and to learn.

" Have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus," "Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart." What are the feelings of Jesus? He wasn’t detached and did not live in a privileged way (though he could do that), but He emptied himself, He became like a servant. I did not come to be served; He came to serve and to give His life to redeem many people.” It is in this way that Jesus fulfilled His mission and the Father glorified Him and made Him Lord in heaven and on earth: "Jesus Christ is the Lord!"

The Incarnation of the Son of God is the "Yes" of God for the salvation of the world. On the Christmas Day of 1932, Jesus showed Luisa his coming on earth, as His full answer to the Father's Will.

Jesus wanted to take on human flesh in order to glorify completely the glory of the Celestial Father, to make up for all that man had not done. Here, then, His little Humanity wanted to be reborn also in the created things, because man had not given God the glory, the requital of the love for having created a heaven, a sun and many other things; and His Humanity, being reborn in them, glorified His Celestial Father completely for the whole work of Creation

Man, by rejecting the Divine Will, had rendered himself impotent to everything; and Jesus came to be his Savior, Repairer, Glorifier, Defender, and He covered him inside the garment of His Humanity, to keep him safe, and to answer for him, He Himself, in each thing, before His Celestial Father. His love was so great, that His Divinity, in order to give vent to His love, led Him to be born in each heart and in all things; and this is so true, that the first to recognize Him and sing His praises were the created things, because, feeling His birth in them, they exulted with joy and made feast for Him. But do you know who the ones are who make feast for Him as He is born in their hearts? Those who possess His Divine Will. These immediately perceive that He is born in their hearts, and they make perennial feast for Him; while the others make Him cry, give Him sorrow and, by sin, prepare for Him the knife with which to wound Him, or to kill Him.”

The work accomplished by Jesus consists not only of words, but also of actions! Before the Lord, before our neighbor, in human and Christian life we can’t stop at speeches. We cannot simply be satisfied with words. We should commit ourselves to living according to the Lord, with great love for our neighbor in our family, in work, in school, in our free time, in the various expressions or situations of our life.

This is also true for the vitality of our parish. We need meetings, and speeches for formation, but those who concretely build the life of the parish are the catechists, the animators who give their service for children and families. Moreover we need people who care for the poor, those who visit the sick and the elderly, people who are active in the liturgy, those who not only try not to dirty but clean the church and its environments, those who make the house of the great parish community beautiful and welcoming,  those who offer their availability for some activities, as we have so many chances.

Otherwise, we say mere words, and they are useless when there is a real need for the kingdom of God and for the good of people

To live a true Christianity we should do what Saint Paul says in the second reading: “Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but also for those of others”. It is an important path. There is a proverb that states: "If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse."

Let’s not look for excuses in our commitment! If we do not want us to be overtaken by those who have been converted from difficult situations and live with fidelity and consistency, we need to awaken the way of living our faith.

May the Lord help us to say our "Yes" not in words, but in deeds, with all the good things we can do, in His grace and in His joy.



don Marco
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