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How one who lives in the Fiat is master, while one who does his own will is servant.

Christological Hymn from the Letter to the Ephesians (fourth part)

9/11/2017

“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves”. (Ephesians 1:4-6).

In this magnificent hymn of St. Paul from his letter to the Ephesians, there is a fundamental aspect of the experience of election, Abraham is blessed not only for himself, but for all: "I will make you a great people and I will bless you ... you will become a blessing. " That is, all nations will be blessed through  Abraham. The fullness of life that the Lord communicate to him will reach the others as well.

In short, election and mission go together. Election is not merely a medal of merit that is given to someone; but it is the gift of a free love that is given to someone, entrusting him, at the same time, a mission, a task that concerns all men. Blessing, in the end, is the plan of God for the whole of humanity; and the election is included in this project. Election is essential so that God's love can be personalized and not a codified or massive love. The saying of the election is: "you are the only one in the world for me"; that is, the love of God is personal, authentic and heartfelt; but it is not selective  (it excludes no one); it is a love that reaches everyone. The Lord says to Abraham: " and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you " (Genesis 12: 3b).

All this is at the heart of our text. It says: " He chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.." And Jesus Christ is the chosen par excellence; He is the One whom the Father loved. God the Father said to Him: "You are the only one in the world for me"; God’s love for His Son is unique and total (cf. Mt 3:17). A little further on, St Paul will use, with reference to Jesus, the expression " he has freely given us in the One he loves." (Eph. 1,6b), so Jesus is the one who has been loved and remains the beloved one. This is God’s blessing: Jesus is the beloved one, therefore the only chosen. Our election is rooted in Him; we are chosen together with him and through  Him.

When  St. Paul says that this election is "before the creation of the world", he uses an expression that is found in chap. 17 of the Gospel of St. John  " And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. (John 17: 5) and "Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world."(John 17:24). Therefore, the love of the Father for Christ is eternal, it’s a love that precedes creation, and it is in this love that we are also involved.

In the rabbinic preaching, there are some realities that pre-exist before the creation of the world: the Messiah, the people of Israel and torah (the law).

Well, in the Christian conception the pre-existent reality is Christ, and us in Christ. Thus, "before the creation of the world," it means: through an election that is stable and cannot be canceled, because what comes after the creation of the world is radically evanescent or weak compared to what is rooted in life and in the " God's eternity. So creation is stable and is motivated solely by the love and choice of God.

It follows that the Father loves us with the same love with which He loves the Son, for we are now included in Him. The Existence in Christ is not an addition to the human existence, so I exist as a human creature, as a reality in itself, psychological and historical, and then because of a decision of faith I adhere to Jesus Christ. When the believing man adheres to Jesus Christ, he does nothing but reveal the profound structure of his existence, which is the existence in Christ.

The first form of life is the life in Christ, then there are all the various forms (biological or sociological ones). So the existence of man is not the existence of a creature who is thrown into the world and must work to look for a form or to give herself a solidity in this immense world in which she inevitably tends to get lost. Our identity is concealed by Christ’s eternity and manifests itself in our vocation to faith, in our Baptism, in our attempt to respond daily to the will of God.

On February 26, 1930, Luisa reported on her diary a meaningful teaching of Jesus about the dignity of man created by God. This teaching refers also to the relationship God wanted to have with Adam, the first man and how this relationship was ruined by sin.

Luisa paused in thinking of the reciprocal love between God and innocent Adam, and how God, finding no hindrance on the part of man, poured Himself in torrents upon him, enraptured him to Himself with His Love, by sweet attractions, making him hear Him voice, all tenderness, saying to him: ‘Son, I love you, I love you very much.’ And Adam, wounded and enraptured by the Eternal Love, repeated his refrain: ‘I love You, I love You.’ And flinging himself into the arms of his Creator, he would cling to Him so tightly as to be unable to detach himself, as to the only love he knew, and living only to love Him.

For Jesus, this is a sweet memory of man’s creation. He was happy, and God too felt the fruit of the happiness of His work; He felt such pleasure in loving him and in being loved back. The Divine Will preserved him fresh and beautiful, and carrying him in Its arms of light, It let God contemplate how beautiful was the work created by Him, His dear son; and, as His son, God kept him in His house, amidst His endless goods, and, as a consequence, as His son, he acted as master.

It would have been against the nature of God’s Love not letting the one whom He so much loved, and who so much loved Him, act as master. In true love there is no ‘mine’ and ‘yours’, but everything is in common. And besides, letting him act as master caused no harm to Him; on the contrary, it gladdened God, it made Him smile, it amused Him, it gave Him the beautiful surprise of His own goods. How could he not be master if he possessed the Divine Will that lords over everything and dominates everything? In order not to make him master, God would have had to place the Divine Will in servitude, which could not be – wherever It reigns, there are no servitudes, but everything is mastership.

Therefore, for as long as man lived in the Divine Fiat, he knew no servitude; as he sinned, withdrawing from the Divine Volition, he lost the mastership and reduced himself to servitude. What a change! From son, to servant! He lost the command over created things, he became the servant of everything. By withdrawing from the Divine Fiat, he felt shaken from his very foundations, and he felt his very person vacillating; he experienced what weakness is, and felt himself the servant of passions that made him feel ashamed of himself; and he reached the point of losing the dominion of himself. So, strength, light, grace, peace, were no longer in his power as before, but he had to beg for them with tears and prayers from his Creator. That's what it means to live in the Divine Will,  to be master! A servant is one who does his own will.

It is necessary for Jesus to speak about the evils of the human will. This will serve as invitation, attractions, voices, tender, sweet and strong, to call everyone to live in the Royal Palace of the Divine Will, that they may no longer be servants, but masters. God will never take free willing away from man, therefore it is necessary that in the Kingdom of the Divine Will God has the mounting of guards, the noble sentries, which may keep the creatures on their guard, making known to them the great evil of the human will, so that they may stand at attention, and, abhorring it, they may love the happiness and the mastership that the Divine Will gives them.

don Marco
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- 9/16/2017
Mano nella mano come in un infinito girotondo, interiore, nell'Unità dello Spirito Santo, con Gesù, con Maria, Regina e Madre della Divina Volontà, "con Luisa, nel suo solito stato, nel comandamento nuovo". 🙏