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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

“I have placed in you the hope of the long generation of the children of my Eternal Fiat”

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, Fiat!

As in the Feast of the Epiphany and in that of the Baptism of Jesus, so too today’s Gospel passage (cf. Jn 1:35-42) proposes the theme of the manifestation of the Lord. This time it is John the Baptist who points Him out to his disciples as “the Lamb of God” (v. 36), thus inviting them to follow Him. And thus it is for us: the One whom we have contemplated in the Mystery of Christmas, we are now called to follow in daily life. Therefore, today’s Gospel passage introduces us perfectly into Ordinary Liturgical Time, a time that helps to invigorate and affirm our journey of faith in ordinary life, in a dynamic that moves between epiphany and sequela, between manifestation and vocation.

The Gospel narrative indicates the essential characteristics of the journey of faith. There is a journey of faith, and this is the journey of the disciples of all times, ours too, beginning with the question that Jesus asks the two who, urged by the Baptist, set out to follow Him: “What do you seek?” (v. 38). It is the same question that the Risen One asks Mary Magdalene on Easter morning: “Woman, whom do you seek?” (cf. Jn 20:15). Each of us, as a human being, is seeking: seeking happiness, seeking love, a good and full life. God the Father has given us all this in his Son Jesus.

In this search, the role of a true witness — of a person who first made the journey and encountered the Lord — is fundamental. In the Gospel, John the Baptist is this witness. For this reason he is able to direct the disciples toward Jesus, who engages them in a new experience, saying: “Come and see” (Jn 1:39). And those two [disciples] will never forget the beauty of that encounter, to the extent that the Evangelist even notes the time of it: “It was about the tenth hour” (ibid.). Only a personal encounter with Jesus engenders a journey of faith and of discipleship. We will be able to experience many things, to accomplish many things, to establish relationships with many people, but only the appointment with Jesus, at that hour that God knows, can give full meaning to our life and render our plans and our initiatives fruitful.

It is not enough to build an image of God based on the words that are heard; one must go in search of the divine Master and go to where he lives. The two disciples ask Jesus, “where are you staying?” (v. 38). This question has a powerful spiritual meaning: it expresses the wish to know where the Lord lives, so as to abide with him. The life of faith consists in the wish to abide in the Lord, and thus in a continuing search for the place where he lives. This means that we are called to surpass a methodical and predictable religiosity, rekindling the encounter with Jesus in prayer, in meditating on the Word of God and in practicing the Sacraments, in order to abide with him and bear fruit thanks to him, to his help, to his grace.

Seeking Jesus, encountering Jesus, following Jesus: this is the journey.

In the passage of 22 December 1926 Jesus tells Luisa that when a son has the same purpose as his father, he wants what his father wants, he never dwells in somebody else’s home, he works in the fields of his father, and if he finds himself with people, he speaks of the goodness, of the ingenuity, of the great purposes of his father. It is said of this son that he loves his father, that he is the perfect copy of him, that it shows clearly from all sides that he belongs to that family, that he is a worthy son who carries within himself, with honor, the generation of his father.

Such are the signs that one belongs to the Celestial Family – to have the same purpose as God’s, to want His same Will, to dwell in It as in one’s own home, to work in order to make It known. And if one speaks, one can say nothing but what is done and wanted in the Celestial Family. This creature is recognized in clear notes, and from all sides, and with reason, and with justice and by right, as a daughter who belongs to God, as one from His Family, who has not decayed from her origin, who preserves within herself the image, the manners, the bearings, the life of her Father - of the One who created her. So, we are from God’s  Family; and the more we make His Will known, the more we are distinguished, before Heaven and earth, as children who belongs to God.

On the other hand, when one has not God’s same purpose, little he dwells, or not at all, in the royal palace of the Divine Will; he keeps going around, now to some house, now to some vile hovel; he keeps wandering about in the outdoors of passions, doing acts unworthy of his family. If he works, it is in foreign fields; if he speaks, the love, the goodness, the ingenuity, the great purposes of his Father never resound on his lips. So, in all his bearing, he can not be recognized at all as one who belongs to his family. Can this one be called a son of his family? And if he came from it, he is a degenerate son, who has broken all the bonds and relations which bound him to his family. Therefore, only one who does the Divine Will and lives in It can be called God’s child, a member of His Divine and Celestial Family. All others are degenerate children, and as though foreign to God’s Family

And so, when we occupy ourselves with the Divine Fiat, if we speak, if we go around in It, we put God in feast, because He feels that it is one who belongs to Him – God feels that it is His daughter that speaks, that goes around, that works in the field of the Divine Will. And for one’s own children, doors are left open - no apartment is closed for them, because what belongs to the Father belongs to the children, and in the children is placed the hope of the long generation of the Father. In the same way, God has placed in us the hope of the long generation of the children of the Eternal Fiat.

don Marco
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