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XXXIII Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Dear brothers and sisters, Fiat!

Today’s Gospel passage contains the first part of Jesus’ discourse on the end times, according to the writing of Saint Luke (21:5-19). Jesus made this proclamation while standing before the Temple of Jerusalem, and was prompted by the peoples’ words of admiration for the beauty of the sanctuary and its decorations (cf. v. 5). Then Jesus said: “the days will come when there shall not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down” (v. 6). We can imagine the effect these words had on Jesus’ disciples. However, he did not want to insult the temple, but rather make it understood — to them as well as to us today — that human structures, even the most sacred, are fleeting, and we should not place our security in them. How many supposedly definitive certainties have we had in our lives, which later were revealed to be ephemeral! On the other hand, how many problems have appeared to be a dead end, and then were overcome!

Jesus knows that there are always those who speculate about the human need for safety. For this reason, he says: “Take heed that you are not led astray” (v. 8), and guard against the many false Messiahs who will appear (v. 9). Even today there are these! And, he adds, do not be frightened and bewildered by wars, revolutions, and disasters, since even these are part of the world’s reality (cf. vv. 10-11). The history of the Church is rich with examples of people who withstood tribulations and terrible suffering with serenity, because they were aware that they were firmly in God’s hands. He is a faithful Father, an attentive Father, who does not abandon his children. God never abandons us! We must have this certainty in our heart: God never abandons us!

Remaining firm in the Lord, in this certainty that he does not abandon us, walking in hope, working to build a better world, despite the difficulties and sad circumstances which mark our personal and collective existence, is what really counts; it is how the Christian community is called to encounter the “day of the Lord”.

In the Gospel Jesus encourages us to keep firmly in mind and in heart the certainty that God guides our history, and that he knows the final end of things and events. Under the Lord’s merciful gaze, history unravels in flowing uncertainty, and weaves between good and evil. However, all that happens is contained within Him. We will not lose our life because it is in the hands of God.

On April 25, 1923 Luisa wrote that while she was praying, Jesus came, placing Himself near her in order to pray together with her; even more, His intelligence was reflected in hers, and Luisa prayed with His; His voice echoed in hers, and Luisa prayed with His word. But who can say the endless effects of that prayer? Then, Jesus told her that He wanted to pray together with her in order to strengthen her in His Will, and to give her the grace to be present before the Supreme Majesty in the act of the creation of man. As God endowed him with all goods, and his will was that of God, and the Will of God was his, everything was harmony between him and God; whatever he wanted he would take from God: sanctity, wisdom, power, happiness, etc.

He was the prototype of God, His portrait, His happy son. So, in the beginning of his existence, Adam had a period in which he fulfilled marvelously the purpose for which he was created; he experienced what it means to live of the Will of his Creator, and God also was happy in seeing His own acts being reproduced in His image. Then, as he broke his will from that of God, he remained separated from Him; but the first acts of man are present in God’s Will, and He wants nothing else from us but to come into His Will to continue on from where Adam left, so as to be able to bind in us all the harmonies that he broke. And just as this first creature, because he was created by God as the head of the whole human family, by withdrawing from the Divine Will brought unhappiness to all, in the same way, as the creature who lives in the Divine Will come to continue on from where he left, God constitute her the head of all, and therefore the bearer of that happiness and goods which had been assigned to all, had they lived in the Divine Volition.

All times are in God’s hands, He gives to whomever He wants, and He uses whomever He wants. He Himself could very well bring upon earth the happiness that the Divine Will contains, but He found no human will that wanted to live perennial life in His, so as to retie the bonds of Creation, and give back to Him all the acts of the first man as if he had done them all with the seal of His Supreme Will, and therefore place the lost happiness in the field. It is true that Jesus had His dear Mother, but She had to cooperate with Him for Redemption. Besides, man was a slave, imprisoned by his own sins, infirm, covered with wounds - the most repugnant; and Jesus came as a loving father to shed His Blood in order to rescue him, as a doctor to heal him, as a teacher to teach him the way, the escape, so as not to fall into hell. Poor ill one, how could he stretch himself in the eternal flights of the Divine Volition if he was unable to walk? Had God wanted to give the happiness which the Divine Will contains, it would have been as though giving it to the dead and letting it be trampled upon. He was not disposed to receive such a great good, and this is why He wanted to teach the prayer in order to dispose him, and He contented Himself with waiting for different epochs, letting centuries upon centuries pass, to make known the living in the Divine Will – to give the start to this happiness.

Man will always be free, God will never take away from him the rights which He gave him in creating him; only, in Redemption Jesus came to open many ways, small paths and shortcuts to facilitate salvation, the sanctity of man, while with the Divine Will He come to open the royal and straight way which leads to the Sanctity of the likeness of their Creator, and which contains true happiness. But in spite of this, they will always be free to remain – some on the royal way, some on the small paths, and some completely outside; however, in the world there will be what now is not there – the happiness of the Fiat Voluntas Tua on earth as It is in Heaven. Man did his first acts in the Divine Will and then he withdrew, therefore he was ruined; and since he was the head of all, all the members were ruined along. Jesus’ Humanity formed the plane of all human acts in the Divine Will; The Celestial Mother followed Him faithfully. So, everything is prepared. Nothing else is now needed but another creature who, wanting to live perennially in the Divine Will, would come to take possession of the plane formed by God, and would open the royal way to all, which leads to terrestrial and celestial happiness.

don Marco
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