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Praise to the strong and virtuous woman, the joy of husband and children, capable of doing all that is needed to live and make people live, characterizes the wisdom text of Proverbs and finds poetic expression in Psalm 127. The thought of women returns meaningfully in the text of Paul to the Thessalonians in a dramatic and fruitful moment of female life which is childbirth: the pains arrive suddenly as the day of the Lord will suddenly come. Once again we must say that we are apparently outside the current cultural context, in which a constant and perhaps irreversible trend obscures the value of femininity and motherhood. Nobody wants to go back, but the future of the new generations, their possible happiness depends on the balance, on the interaction, on the positive complementarity between man and woman. It is a dynamic equilibrium that must be found. Being male and female, man woman, husband and wife, father and mother, is the first and greatest possibility of happiness and earthly fulfillment, of the meaning of life, a divine plan. Being the greatest he is also the most hated, the most offended, the most misrepresented by the forces of evil, which rejecting the open field of confrontation use the sneaky weapons of deception and lies.
The parable of the Gospel, the parable of the talents, opens us to the peremptory idea of the final report: we will have to give an account of our life and what we have received as a gift. With death we cease to be free thinkers, to have our own ideas, to find excuses in the behavior of others in past events of history, In what we do not know or misunderstand the mystery of God. But the parable of the talents does not have only one punitive value. On the contrary, it emphasizes the greatness and beauty of God’s gifts. What we can find beautiful and great already in this existence so real and so precarious. In this we tend to be childish, we only see deprivation, prohibition, the fear of losing ourselves. The parable of the talents requires the courage to be authentic women and men before the living God, in whom alone lies the secret of our happiness and the happiness of others.
 
 
 
 
XXXII
First of all, I must pause with you for a while before the beauty of the first reading taken from the book of Wisdom. In advertising, beauty is used to sell soap bars and off-road vehicles, and especially the first of beauties, that of young women, is managed on earth in a rather bizarre way and hawks swoop on it. In Scripture, Beauty is one thing with Truth, Wisdom, Knowledge of the True God, it is a real path that however requires a purification, a change of mentality, a conversion … In the Gospel Jesus says Blessed are the pure in heart because they will see God. The text also suggests that we get up in the morning to look for it, Wisdom, as the first interest of our day … whoever searches for her in the morning finds her sitting in front of the Door, because, here is the surprise, we are certainly made for Wisdom, we are also capable of despising and distorting it, but it is Wisdom that seeks us. How much the culture and the choices of us men deviate from these fundamental passages does not want to be the object of our reflections, evil is won with good and here the good is truly without measure. Those who accuse us of being pessimists do not know Wisdom and know themselves badly.
Paul meets the perplexity of the Thessalonians. We too are perplexed, perhaps a little less because we are warned, of the fact that, despite the resurrection of Christ and the promises of resurrection, death continues to disturb our existence; from what Paul says the idea that the day of the Lord was imminent was common and therefore the first Christians were worried when they saw their brothers die. Paul strengthens them in their faith, the expectation of the end of everything is unpredictable, certainly our most predictable, certainly within this century, except perhaps the children present here.
In summary what should we do? The Gospel says it with the parable of the wise virgins and foolish virgins. A cultural context that is decidedly different from ours, in terms of virgins and in terms of spouses who return at midnight, both for the concept of virgin and waiting for the groom. But equally strong, important. In this regard, we propose to bet on the safe side. I would like to suggest you to stop for a moment at this side altar dedicated to the Madonna, recovering the most ancient tradition of this community dedicated to the Madonna of the Visitation, to awaken knowledge, love, devotion to the VIRGIN MOTHER, MADONNA DEL CAMINO, and I would resume an ancient prayer that you find on the brochure intended to enter all homes.
Remember, O most holy Virgin Mary,
which was never understood in the world
that someone has resorted to your protection
begged for your help,
asked for your patronage
and has been abandoned by you.
Animated by such confidence,
I turn to you, O Mother,
Virgin of virgins,
I come to you, and, sinner as I am,
I bow at your feet to ask for mercy.
Do not want, O Mother of the Divine Word,
despise my prayers,
but kind hear them and hear them. Amen
Have a nice Sunday
HOMILY XXX
Then the Pharisees, having heard that he had shut the mouth of the Sadducees, gathered together and one of them, a doctor of the Law, asked him to test him: 36 “Teacher, in the Law, what is the great commandment?” He replied, “You will love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. 38This is the great and first commandment. 39The second is similar to that: You will love your neighbor as yourself. 40On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets. “
Certainly Jesus attended the Nazareth Synagogue as a child. we find him twelve years old among the doctors of the temple discussing, his parents found him `… sitting among the doctors,listening to them and questioning them And all who heard him were filled with amazement at his intelligence and his answers ; the same the Evangelist recalls the return of Jesus to Nazareth after the beginning of his pubblic mission, and his habit of going to the Synagogue on Saturday. Jesus knows how to juggle, reads and speaks. We can therefore imagine that Jesus attended the Synagogue school as a child where the most gifted Jewish children memorized the biblical text, the first five books of the Pentateuch or Torah, the Law, the Word. Certainly, being the firstborn male, after being presented to the temple, according to Luke forty days after his birth, he will have been initiated into the life of the community with the ceremony of the Bar Mitzwa (son of the precept) at 13 years and one day the boys, at twelve the girls.
Why this memory of Jesus, who grew up in wisdom, age and grace before God and before men in his village of Nazareth? Simply because the question put to him by the doctor of the law, sent by the Pharisees, is still today the first question of the Jewish catechism. The Jews in the world are about 15 million, not all go to the Synagogue. What is the first commandment of the Law? that is, what must I do to live well, to be good, to be a good man and a good woman, what does God want from me, what should I do, what should I not do …? Moses had received the ten commandments 1500 years earlier, but then we discover that God writes his law in the conscience of every human being, each of us, if he is not a beast, in fact understands the difference between good and evil. All the Jewish boys knew the answer. The first part of the answer is contained in the famous prayer of SHEMA Deut 6,4 – 9 which the pious Hebrew recites at least five times a day … Shema Israel adonai elo henu «LISTEN TO ISRAEL. The second then is similar to that: You will love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets. “
Therefore the First question of the Catechism of the Hebrews is What is the first commandment. The common answer even today is the one that Jesus gave and that we have heard declaimed in the Gospel.
Now I ask you, what is the first question in the catechism of Christians, of the disciples of Jesus?
I help you, when I was a child sixty years ago the question was written in all the catechism books and the answer was memorized: the first question was: Who is God? Everyone answered God is the most perfect Being Creator and Lord of Heaven and Earth … what does it mean to create, to create means to make all things from nothing, and so on
Today, after two thousand years, the catechism has not changed
what must we do to live well in a just way, who is God to deserve such a great love, who is my neighbor ….
to these questions we add one that contains all the answers: WHO IS JESUS. Here is all our catechism in these years and the discovery of Jesus who reveals to us, manifests us, teaches us the mystery of God and what we must do to always live in goodness
… Who is Jesus? Blessed who knows the answer and will live it intensely.
The Catechism is full of surprises, the greatest is the one that Jesus can only let us know …. God is Love, God loves us first.
Homily  11-10-2020
At that time, Jesus resumed speaking in parables [to the chief priests and the Pharisees] and said: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king, who made a wedding feast for his son.
We have become accustomed to reading the parables of the kingdom. They are often paradoxical. If from a certain point of view they get the attention of simple people, according to the narrative tradition of the master rabbis, from another point of view more profound they present themselves as an enigma, to solve which it is necessary to change mentality. The parable of the wedding guests is particularly problematic. The background is very clear: at the end of the human story we are called to a banquet, to a great party, comparable to a royal wedding party for the king’s son. The theme is introduced by the prophet Isaiah, and taken up in a problematic form by Jesus.
The banquet therefore represents the joy of final salvation.
So where is the difficulty?
The explanation is quite simple. In the context we discover that here as elsewhere Jesus is arguing with the elders and teachers of the People. They have already decided to arrest him, but they will soon decide to kill him. So once again the theme is their refusal and consequently, the subsequent invitation to salvation is offered to all men.
Furthermore, it even seems that the story contains three different parables, one inserted into the other; we, faithful to the transmitted page, read as if it were a single text.
At first, the king calls the guests to the wedding, but the guests are busy and do not accept the invitation. The king is angry, but insists. Sent a second time, the servants are mistreated and killed. The king burns their city and puts them to death.
Second phase, the king insists and sends to invite people on the street. Once out on the streets, the new servants gather all they find, bad and good, and the wedding hall is filled with diners.
Here the parable could end, similarly to the parable of the tenants, where the servants and the son go in vain to collect the fruit of their labor but are mistreated and killed. We therefore already know that this way of telling summarizes the dramatic story of the Jews and their refusal, accustomed to catechism to deal with the Jews who accept the Gospel, Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth, Zacharias, Simeon, Anna etc. we are rightly amazed.
There is a Third moment. The king discovers a guest without a wedding garment and after having harshly reprimanded him he has him thrown out and the text uses the words that Jesus usually uses to speak of Hell and damnation.
Here we are definitely at a critical point, the king insistently calls all bad and good and expels only one. At catechism, ignoring the controversy with the Jews, they taught us that the man without a garment represented the man without the grace of God. But the explanation was perhaps insufficient since they had been called good and bad. Or, another hypothesis, this man cultivated the only sin that cannot be forgiven. From the Gospel this sin is the sin of those who accuse Jesus of being a demon or of being possessed. One wonders, then, whether it could be extended to those who consider the pope as the antichrist. We point out that the one who tells the parable is Jesus himself, not his catechist.
The explanation could be contained in the final sentence … many are called but few are chosen. Here, too, with a certain paradox because there seems to be only one enclosed person compared to all the other diners. In short, what does Jesus mean ?: we think it means a simple thing … I am a God full of mercy and love, I give my life for you, I give you everything you need to live in a joyful way and worthy, but do not forget, and speak to each one, that you do not save yourself in the group, you save yourself only if you have the courage to respond positively. For the rest, personal safety is a great mystery.
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“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me”……..Who welcomes you welcomes me.
By this missionary speech addressed to his disciples, Jesus manifests the radical needs of the Gospel…
we must not stop at the sound of the words but rather try to understand their deep meaning.
As we continue to read the text we discover at what point the Lord almighty, the Lord Jesus, cares
for His prophets, His apostles and disciples.
Sometimes it seems that their persecution is heavy, their state of abandonment shameful and their
life threatened.
The Gospel presents a group of sentences liked to each other by the same meaning. If you consider
a prophet, a disciple or an apostle of Christ in his mission and dignity, you shall receive a reward worthy
of a prophet, disciple and apostle. Therefore Jesus has a high consideration of his Church and its
mysterious divine and human nature and composition, Saint and Sinner.
Many times the obsessive criticism against the Church arises from lack of faith in the Lord, from secular
common places, from pure evil. When criticisms have a true foundation they are a precious examination
to purify the Church. We find important, naturally, that whoever finds a speck of dust in the eyes of others
sees the wooden beam in his own.
Jesus knows perfectly well the human weakness, He has punctually experimented such weakness till the
night that He was betrayed. But, in His merciful majesty, weakness is not an obstacle to be effectively
considered among His disciples.
We must conclude that Jesus has a high consideration not only for His disciples and their mission but
widely for all men and women considered one by one. Maybe, this aspect of personal and universal love
has not yet been valued. Love or the disciples and love for each man born on earth is the most clear
indication of pastoral life, education, recovery of people living in moral and social difficulties. It is a
radical change, a pacific revolution the concrete advent of the Kingdom of God. Jesus cares for His apostles
because He cares about the world. What richness! Oh Happy Day, when Jesus washed the sins away.
When Jesus, the Lord, called us to be His followers, to walk with Him on the roads of this world, to bring
love and peace, to sow everywhere His Word and His sacramental presence. Persecutions, troubles and
trials, are mysteriously inevitable, but do not constitute the essence of human life, what will remain forever;
joyful communion with God in Christ will remain forever. This is what we ask intensely as devoted listeners
of the Word on this late Sunday of June.
8 S Moses at once bowed down to the ground in worship.
Mose recognizes the passage of the living God and reacts by bending his head to the ground in deep adoration.
This attitude shared still today by millions of human beings on the face of the earth radically contrasts with the attitude of those who in different ways do not recognize the true God, creator and regenerator of all humanity. It is not a phenomenon totally and only linked to the past, in fact atheism like all human phenomena has its history and in some respects its decline. Pedagogy teaches that the radical contrast of a generation produces the indifference and superficiality of the heirs. It is also about the pedagogical transmission of a distance that deeply marks our civilization and invests the whole world. Many men and women live as if God were not there. Ancient and crucial problem, complex problem. Certainly it has never happened that in a world created and saved by the living God, freedom has had free flow up to the refusal, the contrast, the ostentation of the refusal. It is actually the first and largest form of denial from which the others derive. The fact that Nietzsche is the most widely read author and that in America the most appreciated and misunderstood author is Michel FoucauLt, and therefore the total dissolution of the West and extreme nominalism, the truth as a lie and the anti-truth as truth .
We do not want to preach about atheism, about human freedom, about the need for grace to save ourselves. We just wanted to remember with Moses who kneels before the living God that God truly exists as God and atheism in any case is a manifestation, sometimes even intelligent, of the negation of the value of intelligence and the search for truth. We wanted to say that in this world created by God, God himself manifested himself with facts and words sufficient to dispel the fog of the fools, the uncertainty of the fearful, the good faith of the thinkers, the exploitation of the hypocrites, the narcissism of those who flaunt Evil.
Someone will rightly say that this is not our job, that of analyzing at its root the evil of the world, its original degeneration. In fact, the analysis of evil generates the evil of time which is radical pessimism. Having acknowledged the radical evil of Atheism, our task is to proclaim the mystery, the Gospel that saves us.
13 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. and still following the page of the Gospel
16 God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.
We are all subject to a divine revelation in Christ who comes from the Father with the power of the spirit. It must certainly be said to the presumptuous and the ignorant that the only positive aspect of atheism is that one can always change, for the courage of man and the grace of God

III SUNDAY OF EASTER

The liturgy insists on the great theme of the mysterious and real resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, the first risen from the dead and the first born of the new creation. So writes St. Peter in his first letter

He was predestined even before the foundation of the world, but in recent times he has manifested himself for you; and by his work you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and your hope are turned to God.

This is why after two thousand years we affirm with profound certainty what Peter himself proclaims immediately after Pentecost

This Jesus, God raised him up and we are all witnesses of it. Raised therefore to the right hand of God and after receiving the promised Holy Spirit from the Father, he poured it out, as you yourselves can see and hear ».

It is Jesus, in his name we find salvation, everything we need we find in his life, in his presence; in him we find the true reason for all existence.

Jesus is always the central protagonist in the narration of the Gospel, but we find his presence scattered in the ancient covenant, as he teaches and explains along the way to the two disciples whom he severely reproaches, since his death and resurrection had been foreseen by Moses from the Psalms and especially by the prophets.

These annotations transform the text of the Gospel into an evocative itinerary from doubt and disillusionment to the moment when the two disciples recognize Jesus when He breaks the bread.

The following is the daily mission of the Church of the living God:

They left without delay and returned to Jerusalem, where they found the Eleven and the others who were with them, who said: “Truly the Lord is risen and has appeared to Simon!”. And they narrated what had happened along the way and how they recognized it in breaking the bread.

in these words dwells the mighty fire of the Holy Spirit.

homily

The Resurrection of Lazarus
It was the drop that overflowed the vase, or as an ancient Arabic proverb says ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’. The control of the Jews over the Gospel begins immediately with the preaching of John the Baptist and ends after an unworthy trial and the derision of the dying Jesus on the Cross. The significant drop is the resurrection of Lazarus, a few kilometers from Jerusalem in the Village of Bethany. After this fact, the Jews decided to kill not only Jesus, but Lazarus himself, as the fact had been known and it was easy enough to get from Jerusalem to check. Beyond the Gospel of John, from which only the episode is taken, it is Luke who speaks of the two sisters of Lazarus, Martha and Mary, and of their fraternal friendship with Jesus. The harmony between the two gospels is profound from the psychological point of view. Lazarus is dead, Martha goes to meet the Lord, Mary, afflicted, is sitting in the house. Death is experienced as tragic, perhaps it came suddenly, without warning.
The dialogue with Marta is on the ultimate theme, death and life. Let us therefore enter into the living mystery of Christ, true man who cries intensely with compassion, true God, who at the same time reassures Martha about his brother’s Resurrection. The scene repeats itself today. We too are called to enter courageously into the mystery of Christ who weeps and reassures us.
The miracle is sensational, Lazarus is already decaying and smells, but comes out alive: Lazarus come out! The paintings, the masterpieces of art represent him with the typical whiteness of those who died.
We know very well that in John miracles are signs, they are revelations of the mystery of God to man in his concrete life situation. The wedding at Cana, Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman, the blind man born and the paralytic at the pool of Siloe, and now his friend Lazarus. Revelation requires the courage and intelligence of the Faith. Nobody has ever spoken, lived and acted like Christ. No religion or religious and philosophical faith has determined with equal depth what lies within man’s death. This is why we insist ‘opportune et inopportune’ to proclaim the Gospel.
Bethsaida is still there, in the flowery hills around Jerusalem; the pilgrim experiences a moment of pause and meditation before entering Jerusalem where the Son of God is nailed to the cross. Christus Dominus pro nobis tentatus et passus venite adoremus. COME ADORE THE LORD, FOR US HE SUFFERED TEMPTATION AND DEATH. It is really important to explain what FOR US means, ‘for us men and for our salvation’, says the Creed. All men deserve respect, all religions and philosophies contain partial and sometimes profound truths, but the Lord Jesus Christ is unique, the salvation he brings to each man, in the secret of free conscience, before and after death. Next stop Jerusalem.

Third Sunday

‘Do not murmur, as your fathers did in the desert.’ This call resounds severely times in the word of the psalms, of the prophets and of Jesus himself. The murmuring yesterday as today consists in complaining of others, of the world and of God. The murmuring derives from the effort of walking which extinguishes the enthusiasm of waiting, when the efforts and inconvenience seem to overcome the joy of being on the right path. The murmuring of the people in the desert therefore becomes the symbol of those who continually murmuring and complaining about everything and everyone, tends to kill certainty by opening the doors to doubt, division and discord. Who murmurs has a hardening heart, for this reason he stops and goes back.
God patient and merciful, slow to anger and great in love … he listens to the thirsty in the desert in Meriba. Moses beats on the rock and the water gushes out abundantly, … Saint Paul resumes the episode bringing the symbolism to the extreme point when he says remembering the fact, ‘because that rock is Christ.’ In fact, every grace flows from Christ, from him only we have salvation, by the word from his mouth, the blood and water from the side that the soldier pierces without mercy. Through faith and not for works, which is why we have access to grace. The Apostle warns us with exalting tones that that the opposite of lamentation, murmuring and division, which make us go back and not move forward, is hope, hope that does not disappoint because it comes from the Spirit of God. Everything is contained in the mystery of the love of God; so we come to the episode of the Gospel, Jesus meets the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well, on the way with the disciples to Jerusalem, while the disciples go to the village to get food leaving him alone. The long dialogue between Jesus and the Samaritan woman who comes to the well to draw water is in reality an intense and pressing expression of divine Revelation, through which the woman who was first exposed is then saved. Jesus is the living water, whoever drinks it is no longer thirsty. Salvation comes from the Jews, and the real temple is in Jerusalem, but the time will come when true worshipers will worship in spirit and truth. The woman becomes an instrument of the Announcement almost preparing the Easter announcement of Maddalena
The Gospel of John, here as elsewhere, gives the suggestive impression that whoever tells, writes or describes, has Jesus at his side who suggests and shares. The most beautiful way to live and save oneself.

2nd Sunday of Lent. When the tree blooms at the window, and the birds returning from the long journey sing at first light; and the world is populated by looks and smiles, they are mothers and sisters of the world …

The emergency in which we all find must not make us forget that today is March 8th women’s day. There are no mimosas, kisses and hugs, but the awareness remains that the theoretical and existential affirmation of the equal value of women compared to men, is humanity’s greatest achievement, even before technical and scientific progress. Principle still not met in many ways but nevertheless now entered into everyone’s awareness.
We affirm this despite the contradictions and excesses, even up to the ideological disorder that comes to deny the evidence of diversity, complementarity and also the human and transcendent potential of the woman-man relationship. Atheism everywhere invasive like fine dust, blurs everything and renders the original splendor of being man and woman opaque in the only divine project. A wish therefore to all the women of the world, in particular to those who suffer violence and abuse, but also to women of all ages and conditions.
We find ourselves living in a serious state of emergency. It is not a sudden catastrophe, it is not a war, but in any case it is a real discomfort for world health. Everyone reacts for what it is. The worst thing is looting; jackals rummage through the ruins, not to save lives, but to find abandoned wallets; in our case jackal is the one who takes advantage of the situation. Who finds the opportunity to hit the political opponent or to vent their resentment towards others, evoking apocalyptic scenarios Perhaps everyone has been tempted to take advantage of the ‘quarantine’ and find an excuse for a trend that marks our era: retreat in the our individualism and make our own things. The so-called ‘own cabbage’, without disturbing vulgar expressions.
In our part, however, the wonderful spring of solidarity, the concern for others, the commitment to fight together at the cost of even jeopardizing one’s health, is evident. Let’s not forget that in the epidemics of the past our saints took to the streets.
We are therefore immersed in the complexity of life and this second Sunday of Lent represents to us with singular vigor the Great Plan of salvation: the Call of Abraham, Paul’s vocation by grace and not because of his works, the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain, where Jesus talks with Moses and Elijah, the law and the prophets, in the presence of the apostles. On the mountain the Trinity is revealed, the Cloud and the Voice.
We are called to welcome the beauty, coherence and hidden power of Divine Revelation, which illuminates the path of our life and the whole universe.
A religiosity built only with our commitment, our feeling, our reflections, only prepares and prepares our practical and also theoretical atheism. Another thing is faith, that is to discover the Divine plan, a God who speaks to us through the Son. We respond in faith, with the mind, with the heart, with life.

After baptism on the Jordan River, Jesus retires to the desert for forty days and forty nights. By immersing ourselves with Jesus in the waters of baptism we became Sons of God, thus we began the greatest adventure on the face of the earth: the progressive knowledge of the only true God, Father and Son and Holy Spirit. The Creator of the Universe, the God who spoke to the Fathers many times and in different ways through the prophets and now reveals himself fully to the world in the Son. We still lack important knowledge, knowledge of the mystery of evil. In the desert, Jesus is tempted by the devil. Without Jesus we know very little, we normally rely on an uncertain conscience and easily we exchange good for evil, we deface creation, we change the moral order transforming transgression into rights and imprison the innocent. Jesus reveals the presence of the devil and demons. It is not about seeing them where they are not there, or demonizing the good that is in the world. But if we disregard this presence our freedom becomes illusion and our virtue only apparent. Jesus teaches us not to fear devil, Jesus teaches us to fight evil, Jesus overcomes devil with the Word, Jesus frees us from devil by the power of the Spirit and the mercy of the Father.

After tempting Jesus in every way, the devil turns away from Jesus to return to the opportune moment. In the Gospel, demons are cast out. Disciples receive the same power, provided they pray and are in communion with Christ.

The Devil returns at the appropriate time. He knows that sinful man rejects God out of envy, and devil was born of envy. Envy of good, truth, love, justice, peace. Devil means the one who divides. The Devil dominates those who resemble him. He even manages to agree with those who divide, and then destroy each other. The devil is not a god, he is not everywhere, which is difficult for us to understand, but Jesus knows him perfectly and dominates him. Let us pray in this Lent saying: Deliver us from evil, or, if you wish, from the evil one.

dear brothers and sister,
we are still on the mountain, with Jesus opening his mouth and instructing his disciples. HE is the Word of God Who speaks. Too often, because of ignorance, the things he said are attributed to priests and especially to the Pope. It is very important to know the Scriptures, to know the Gospels which are the throbbing and living heart of the Word. Matthew himself teaches us that Jesus is the Emmanuel, God with us, he reminds us of the last word of Jesus before ascending into heaven: I AM WITH YOU ALL DAYS UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD.
We are on the mountain, we are disciples. The men, at the bottom, are divided into left and right, even if it seems to viruses that this distinction does not interest; Jesus speaks to everyone, but to understand him, to be his disciples one must climb the mountain, where he teaches the new law of the kingdom, where HE announces the beatutudies, where he is transfigured, where he dies on the cross to save humanity. In fact, how can you consider yourself a Christian if you are not willing to change your mentality and change your way of life?
Refusing revenge, not responding to violence with violence, lending, suffering and not doing wrong, loving one’s enemies, praying for those who persecute you. Everything is summed up in the final Sentence that opens the mind and the heart to the greatest of mysteries. Therefore, be PERFECT AS YOUR FATHER IS PERFECT. BE HOLY, BLESSED YOU…In summary, this beatitudes consists in Being in intimate communion with God, it means being freed from the weight of a presumptuous or victimized humanity, being freed from a neurotic and plaintive life.
Dear ones, the word today is strong, tonic, always divine, always fully human. We began with Leviticus who invites us to be holy as God is holy, and therefore to love our neighbor as ourselves. then St. Paul is pressing with his doctrine of a God so close to dwell within us as in a temple.
This is the Word, the Word of a God who speaks and to whom we can respond by courageously penetrating the appearance of silence.

Homily VI Sunday
let your speech yes yes no no, everything else comes from the evil one!

The conclusion of the passage of the Gospel of this Sunday VI per annum requires a severe discipline in the use of the word. To use computer terminology, this sentence invites us to reset our language: let your speech yes yes no no, everything else comes from the evil one! As it is easy to observe, we are updating ourselves, and we are wondering if the new communication tools, like all technology, are really a very good thing in itself, which we must use well, or precisely in its unnatural goodness is contained pitfall.
This Sunday’s Gospel is morally demanding and apparently complex. Whether it’s about killing, committing adultery, divorce, about relationships with justice, about human oaths, the passage is enough to dispel the idea that morality comes from the Church. In reality, the speaker and orator in this part of the mountain’s discourse is Jesus himself.
Demanding because Jesus wants our justice to be superior to that of the scribes and Pharisees, but at the same time he did not come to abolish the law and the prophets but to give fulfillment. Therefore: the law of Moses remains in force, it is the law that measures our sin, our weakness, but at the same time it is only a pedagogue who leads us to higher and more positive horizons. The Jews already knew that whoever observes the law discovers that loving God and loving one’s neighbor, loving God with all one’s might and one’s neighbor as oneself, summarizes the law and the prophets. But Jesus added the new commandment, love each other as I have loved you, make yourself close to others. Christ who gives his life for us, the good Samaritan who stops and cares.
So be careful of those who defend mediocrity by accusing others of goodism.
Dear brothers, this ancient text, which is about to complete two thousand years of life, implies two fundamental truths, without which we could safely count it among the human knowledge of the masters of thought and life, and would become pure moral exhortations from the utopian gait. in truth these exhortations only reproduce for us the whole life of Jesus, as it is told in the Gospels. the imitation of Jesus, the knowledge of him, the desire to follow him to imitate him, are a sure sign of the fact that we understand his word. The second aspect linked to the first and equally decisive, consists in the fact that Jesus, Emmanuel, the God with us, is with us every day until the end of the world. He is present as God everywhere, wherever he wants, true man and true God, resurrected. The Church gives us an infallible guarantee of this presence.
we can therefore summarize with an invitation, which frees us from the categorical imperatives that make us feel guilty and painfully ensnare us in our inability. Let us be amused, let ourselves be changed, by the living Christ, by the power of his redemptive action. We oppose the practice of a simple search for ourselves in the living mystery of Christ to the Evil One.

This Sunday per annum coincides with the world day of prayer and reflection against trafficking in human beings, bought and sold for sexual purposes, exploitation of slavish labor, organ trade. Together against trafficking is the title. A planetary problem, often hidden and masqued. In reality it is a cry of pain that rises from the earth, masked by the noise of this rowdy civilization, which, despite its great progress, insists with violence, abuse, unbridled and unregulated selfishness. This cry concerns about 40 million human beings, and does not go unheeded because it reaches the ears of the living God. We do not invoke punishment and revenge, we ask for the gift of mercy and justice. Let us therefore combine this cry with our invocation, our reflection, our daily commitment for a more just and more fraternal world.
The greatest progress in our time is certainly to see how all legislation, all political theories, are now in agreement in affirming the value of every human person. The saddest aspect is that, despite the principle of equality everywhere enslaved, slavery increases. If you want to dig deeper into this hateful reality, you discover that besides the loss of the sense of God and the ethics of fundamental values, the most important value has become money. Money, with its power and charm, not only generates the trafficking of the more or less organized underworld, but generates a multitude of human beings willing to sell themselves, to be slaves, to prostitute themselves, in order to have a high standard of living or to flee from the grip of misery.
Dear friends, through the Gospel Jesus exhorts us, as the first hearers of his word, to be salt of the world and light for the earth. It is a noble, great mission, open to the future. The courage to say NO in this mission of dwelling and making men live in a dignified way is also necessary. This is not a simple denial, because we know well that evil is overcome only with a greater good, because where sin is great grace abounds. In particular, when it comes to prostitution, it is customary to say that it is the oldest profession in the world. Nothing to complain about antiquity, but it seems to us rather that the desire and the pursuit of happiness, the desire to be autonomous and responsible, qualify with greater clarity the value of each man. Trafficking is a complex phenomenon that brings suffering and pain everywhere, the Divine Mother helps us to transform this tragedy, this horrible inhumanism into a source of gratitude and beauty. Precisely in extreme situations we are given to ascertain that nothing is impossible for God. In this regard, to conclude, we remember a woman sold as a slave, then redeemed, who became a saint among the Canossian nuns, BAKHITA.

 

Christian genius combines the simple and humble life of the people, of all peoples, with the greatness and sublimity of the presence of God. In this sense, Christianism does not only concern those who believe, that is, men and women recognizing that they are sinners before a God who saves them and regenerates them in Christ. The living God embraces all human and cosmic reality. Inside his eternal womb, invisible to our eyes, but real in its incorruptible substance, we move, we exist, with our good, our limit and also our evil. In this Sunday’s Gospel scene, which coincides with the Presentation of the Lord in the temple, we admire the beauty of the child God, Light of the Gentiles, the noble couple of Nazareth, Joseph and Mary, the clairvoyance of old Simeon, the fruits of a life holy in the prophetess Anna and finally the humble offering of the poor, two turtle doves. Really it is an Intimate, poetic and devoted scene. Suddenly the scenario turns to the surprise of the old Simeon, laden with years and moved by the SPIRIT, who recognizes Jesus as the Light of the Gentiles, and prophesies the sword of pain that will cross the soul of Mary. From east to west of the Church this liturgical memory, placed forty days after Christmas, has moved the spirit of simple people who feel the need for an integral, pure, committed to good life, capable of accomplishing such great things by cultivating those small ones. For us it is the festival of light, the festival of Candelora. Candles are lit, lights are lit, fires are lit, the wish for good shines at the end of winter and at the timide beginning of springstime. We all throughout the world are concerned about the spread of an epidemic that heralds colossal proportions and for which we are all committed and supportive. But there is also an epidemic and a contagion in the good, in freedom, in fraternity in the common destiny of men called to salvation. Christ light of the world, COME ADOREMUS!

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The prayer that opens the Liturgy of this third Sunday, invites us to discover the will of God in the world, so that we will bear abundant fruits of good works. This is an extremely positive vision of existence that has become history since Jesus appeared in the world. No religion opens the sky and fecundates the earth like Christianism, no religious creed identifies the darkness and above all transmits life like Christianism, no form of Christianism maintains loyalty to the first beginning of the spread of the Gospel like the Church of Peter.

Two thousand years of contrasts and struggles, of great enterprises and even of mistakes, but the message still runs on earth with the joy and freshness of its origins. When Matthew describes the beginning of Jesus’ mission in Galilee, he finds it easy to resume the poetic beauty of Isaiah’s prophecy …: the people who walked in darkness saw a great light … that people today are we, inevitably depressed in a Mentality that adjust itself among the things on the earth, that seeks security, that refuses dialogue, acceptance, solidarity, sharing, birth, diversity.

The creed of the early Christians was very simple: in the name of Jesus Christ, invoked as the unique, the living God among us. This is why Paul groomed the Corinthians having known that there are divisions, in the name of the apostles, perhaps in the name of those who celebrated their baptism, as if the Christians were supporters linked to a football team.

Christ is not divided, Christ is the light of people, the church in Christ is like a sacrament, a sign that unites men to God and men among them. They are fundamental affirmations, they are truths of the faith, which join the exhortations of Jesus in the Gospel: Get converted, because the kingdom of heaven is near ».and … Come after me, I will make you fishers of men». in Christ Jesus we find everything: light, healing, salvation, forgiveness, mission, the Father, the Spirit, the Mother, the Church, the Unity, the Cross, the Joy, the life, the commitment for others.

It is clear then why … they immediately left the boat and their father and followed him. Now it means right now.   dmn

Once again the liturgy takes us to the Jordan River to share the Baptism of the Lord. Who writes, is no longer Matteo, as in the past Sunday. Matthew is the gospel of the fulfillment of the promises; not even Luke narrates the story of the Baptist’s childhood in parallel with that of Jesus, of whom he is a cousin. Who nattates is Giovanni and his perspective, since the Prologue, is that of testimony. That is, he places himself in the gaze, in the heart and in the contemplation of the Baptist … it is the Baptist who bears witness when he sees Jesus coming to him and announces: Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. This formula is destined to have an immense fortune embedded in the liturgy before communion. The hope is what Origen expresses when he says that naming the Baptist means taking on the whole prophetic charge even today. The greatest of the prophets. Whoever accepts the testimony and believes is greater than he is. Whoever welcomes the Son of God, the Lamb of God is regenerated in the Holy Spirit. Testimony has the purpose of obtaining the obedience of faith. In fact, we read precisely at the end of the passage that John offers this testimony so that whoever reads it may believe that Jesus is the Son of God. The fact is also remarkable here; this sacred formula, Son of God is at the beginning of the Gospel of Mark: Beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ Son of GOD. The fact is truly noteworthy: the Gospels, although so different from each other and identical to themselves, agree perfectly in the essential content, adding important particulars on the real figure Jesus. The Gospels are unanimous in proclaiming the son of God equal to God, God himself, and from here the doctrine of the Divine Trinity takes form through his language of revelation.
So let’s discover unthinkable and profound things, things we didn’t know about God and our salvation. In fact ‘nobody has ever seen God, the Son who is in the Father has revealed him … In particular we discover that the Baptist was sent to baptize with water by the Father himself; when he sees the heavens open and the Spirit resting on Gesù like a dove, he recognizes the sign that the Father has given him. Finally, he affirms that Jesus is greater than he is, because he has always existed. Jesus the Lord, baptizes by water and Spirit, by Spirt and blood.

The final idea is that we stop discussing the church, the priests, the popes, and we all convert to the testimony that the apostles and their collaborators have offered us in the pages of the Gospel. The transition is from darkness to light, from Gossip to truth for all, from confusion to certainty. From Jesus described in the Scriptures to the living Jesus.

 

THE BAPTISM OF JESUS AT THE JORDAN RIVER.

The liturgy expertly transports us from Bethlehem to the banks of the Jordan. From the Great Manifestation to the Kings, who came from the East with gifts and representing the whole of humanity, at the beginning of the Public Life of Jesus with his disciples. After the Epiphany the flight to Egypt, after the Baptism the Temptations in the desert. The Gospel narrative is splendid, essential, dramatic, it involves heaven and earth. The unanimous evangelists recount the episode of the Baptism of Jesus; when it comes to choosing the successor of Judah, direct participation in this event will be placed as the essential condition, and fate will fall on Matthias. The interpreters tell us that this is not a common episode, but a solemn and new Epiphany-Theophany. Once again the leitmotif of Christmas is repeated: … the humble and poor One who gives life is born … even here in Baptism the Word made flesh is lowered, descends into the human regions of penance and regeneration. The Greek verb baptizo-immergo, means to go down. the Baptist understood the extraordinary disproportion of Jesus’ gesture and request and tries in vain to escape. The Father manifests himself by speaking in the cloud, the Spirit makes himself partially visible as a dove. Father Son and Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit and fire, Baptism and Mission.Paul, baptized three days after the conversion, thus comments on the whole life of Jesus in the letter written to the Philippians:Christ Jesus,while being divine in nature,did not consider a jealous treasure his equality with God;but he undressed himself, assuming the condition of a servant and becoming like men;appeared in human form, …Too many interpretate this humility for absence. In this judgment based on appearance and lack of faith, most of the analyzes on the presence of the Church and faith in today’s society flourish, forgetting too often that the creator of the universe, the Savior of humanity, acts from below, from within, in the depth. They are the weak who need armies, atomic bombs, power to give themselves meaning and value. In the Baptism of Christ we discover a different way a new path on earth that opens us to an eternal destiny, a profound regeneration, a new creation that slowly dominates and will dominate the whole world. In fact, with our baptism we participate in the living mystery of Christ the Lord. The Son is among us: listen to him, follow him, love him!