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XV Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Dear brothers and sisters, Fiat!

The passage from Mark's Gospel summarizes the poverty and simplicity with which we should proclaim the Gospel of Christ today as they did in the past . We should not rely on human means, but on the nearness and power of God. Nor is mission based on the breadth of consensus or the predictions of reception, but on the urgency of the gospel. The gospel is not a technique for transmitting thought or a philosophical theory, but an experience of life with God and Christ.

The true proclamation passes through personal witness, through the investment of one's own human, cultural and spiritual energies. Only in this way can we propose to others the Person in whom we firmly believe and for whom we risk everything, that is, Jesus, who died and rose again for our salvation. He is the Son of God, He is the Redeemer of mankind, He is the Way, the Truth and the Life with which every man, sooner or later, must be confronted.

This implies the necessary patience of stability. Moreover, Jesus entrusts a task, but He does not guarantee the result. There is no such thing as a "money back guarantee" either. The lesson for the Christian community is that the proclamation of the Kingdom is not a matter for priests, friars and nuns. Prophecy, being Christ's spokesman in the world, is up to and belongs to each one of us. The most faithful and consistent way to do this is indicated to us in today's Gospel.

Missionary proclamation is an essential vocation of the Christian community, of the whole Christian community by virtue of the baptism and confirmation that every believer has received. Every Christian by baptism has been consecrated King, Priest and Prophet. No one can feel excluded or exempt. It is a question of placing Christ at the center not only of our preaching, but of our lives, since He is our salvation, the true and eternal salvation.

The new evangelization needs workers of the Gospel who are not only teachers of the faith, but above all unshakable witnesses of the faith (St. Paul VI), even when there is a prejudicial rejection of Christ and the Church.

In the passage of August 22, 1926 Jesus tells Luisa that one who is called to be the head of a mission must not only embrace all the members, but rule them, dominate them and constitute himself life of each of them; while the members do not give life to the head, nor do all that it does, but rather, each one does its own office. So, one who is called to be the head of a mission, embracing all that is needed in order to be able to carry out the task entrusted to him, suffering more than anyone and loving everyone, prepares the food, the life, the lessons, the offices, according to the capacity of those who want to follow his mission. That which is necessary for us, who must form the tree with all the fullness of its branches and the multiplicity of its fruits, will not be necessary for one who must only be branch or fruit. Their task will be to remain incorporated in the tree, in order to receive the vital humors it contains – that is, to let themselves be dominated by the Will, never giving life to their volition in anything, either internal or external, to know the Divine  Will, and to receive It as their own life, so as to let It carry out Its Divine Life; in sum, to let It reign and dominate as Queen.

One who must be the head needs to suffer, to work, and to do, himself alone, everything that all others together will do. This is what Jesus did; because He was the head of Redemption, He can say that He did everything for love of all, to give them life and to place them all in safety. The Immaculate Virgin also; because She was Mother and Queen of all – how much did She not suffer? How much did She not love and work for all creatures?

This is what it means to be head; it is true that one suffers greatly, works much, and must prepare the good for all, but all that one possesses surpasses everything and everyone. There is such distance between one who is head of a mission and one who must be a member, that the head can be compared to the sun and the member to a little light. So, the mission of the Divine Will is great – because this is not about mere personal sanctity, but about embracing everything and everyone, and preparing the Kingdom of the Divine Will for the human generations.


don Marco
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