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“If a people is not formed for the Divine Will, It cannot have Its Kingdom.”

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

9/5/2017

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". (Eph. 1,4-6a)

The first theme that is presented is that of the election: He "chose us", He elected us.

It is an important topic of biblical revelation that we see first of all in the election of Israel, the people whom God considered as unique among the other peoples :“When Israel was a child, I loved him, and from Egypt I called my son” (Hosea 11: 1). “‘Israel was holy to the Lord, the firstfruits of his harvest; all who devoured her were held guilty, and disaster overtook them,’ declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 2:3).

Therefore, Israel is the people who belong to God and God reserved it for Himself. When the Lord created and spread all peoples on the face of the earth, He gave each people a guardian angel.  So, there are the guardian angels of the nations, but with Israel He himself engaged directly: "It is his people ... his attention ... the pupil of his eye" (Dt 32: 8-10).

The reasons of this election don’t fall back on Israel.  All the reasons can be found only in God. God loved Israel, not because it was a people who deserved the Lord's love in particular: "For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors”. (Deuteronomy 7:6-8)

A little further, so as to avoid any doubts about the motives of election, Deuteronomy says: “ Understand, then, that it is not because of your righteousness that the Lord your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stiff-necked people”. (Deuteronomy 9: 6). "Stiff-necked " means:  your neck muscles are stiff, so that you cannot bend your head any more, you are no longer docile before the Lord. In spite of all this and, besides its merits, the Lord loved Israel. For Him it is a unique people.

God's way of acting in favor of all men always begins with a choice. This happened to the people of Israel, this happened to Mary: She was chosen by God so that Jesus, the only-begotten Son of God could enter the world, and this also happened for the Kingdom of the Divine Will, when God chose Luisa.

In a passage of February 26, 1930, Jesus explains to Luisa how it is necessary to desire a good. If a people is not formed for the Divine Will, It cannot have Its Kingdom of the Fiat.

Longing for, desiring and wanting a good is to dispose oneself to receive it, and when one receives a good that has been greatly longed for, one loves it, appreciates it, keeps it safe, holds it as the welcome one and the bearer of the longed-for good.

Another excess of God’s Love is to make the creature long for the good that He wants to give, because He wants her to place something of her own - at least her sighs, her prayers, her will of wanting that good, so as to be able to say to her: ‘See, you have deserved it, because, on your part, you have done what you could in order to obtain it; and I, with all My Heart, give it to you’, while it is all the effect of God’s Goodness. And this is the reason why first God makes known what He wants to give to creatures. It can be said that He places Himself in correspondence, sending His “letters of notice”; He dispatches His messengers, making them say what He wants to give. And all this in order to dispose them, to make them long for the great gift He wants to give.

Didn’t He do the same for the Kingdom of Redemption? There were four thousand years of waiting, and the closer the time would get, the more pressing were the notices, the more frequent the letters – and everything in order to dispose them.

So it is for the Kingdom of the Divine Will; It seems He delays His coming because God wants us to know this, to pray, to long for It to come to reign, to comprehend the great gift of It, so as to be able to say to us: ‘You have wanted it, you have deserved it, and my Will is now coming to reign in your midst. By knowing It, praying It, longing for It, you have formed Its chosen people in which It might dominate and reign.’

Without a people, a kingdom cannot be formed, and this is the other reason for making known that the Divine Will wants to reign upon earth – that men may pray, they may long for It, they may dispose themselves to form Its people in whose midst It can descend and form Its Royal Palace, Its dwelling, Its throne. These are the dispositions of God’s unreachable Wisdom, which disposes everything with order; and the delay serves to place Its knowledges on the way, which will act as letters, as telegraphs, as telephone, as messengers, to form the people for the Divine Will.

The concept of "election" also refers to the call of the patriarchs, the promise to the Patriarchs and especially to Abraham. There is also a choice here; and also here it is unjustified. If we read the end of chapter 11 and the beginning of chapter 12 of Genesis we find a very significant passage: we are within the normal sphere of human relationships: Abram belonged to a normal family of Sem's descendants; there was nothing special, heroic, and great in him. Other peoples tried to go back to some heroes: Aeneas was the son of Venus, so there was a hero, a demigod at the origin of a king. As for Abram there was no demigod, no particular hero: He was a normal man, who belonged to a normal family among the peoples.

So. why did God choose Abraham? There is no reason, there is no explanation except God's will,: "Go from your country, your people and your father’s household... I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; and I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing" (Genesis 12: 1-2). Here we find the structure of the election, there is a command and a promise: - "Go" leave - "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you".

The promise is summed up exactly in the blessing;  if we take the courage to go, God’s blessing will be the strength that gives us life. It is God who joins us, He keeps us in His mind and heart. The Lord promised Abraham basically His blessing. In two verses the words "bless" and "blessing" are the dominant words, they are repeated five times (see Genesis 12:2-3).

Abraham was a poor man and so, like everyone else, he lived his existence and dignity as limited in time and capability. He also belonged to the human family marked by sin and death and then by damnation. For that reason, God’s promise relates exactly to the blessing: "I will bless you".

don Marco
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