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Fifth Sunday after Easter

The commandment of love: but who, how, how much?

5/13/2022
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Dear brothers and sisters, Fiat!

Today we are presented again with a brief passage of Jesus' address to the apostles during the Last Supper (John 13: 31-35) in which Jesus says: " A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”. These words clarify one of the two faces of the one commandment left by Jesus to His faithful.

Previously, when someone from the crowd listening to Jesus had asked Him what the main commandment was, Jesus replied: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and your neighbor as yourself" (Mk 12: 28-31). The only commandment is to love God, loving our neighbor. The other ten commandments that we know are only a practical application of it. In other words: we can easily delude ourselves that we love God, but we should verify that; Jesus Himself says how: we should love those whom He loves, that is all men. This also happens on a strictly human level: a person does not believe in my love for her, if I give her sorrows by abusing all those dear to her.

Jesus also said that we will be judged on love to enter eternal life: "Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me "(Mt 25: 31-46). So what counts is the practice, the facts. But we could ask ourselves: to what extent does this commandment engage us? How much, when, who to love? We read in the Gospel that not even a glass of water given to those who are thirsty will be unrewarded. We should ask ourselves: is a kind gesture occasionally sufficient,  perhaps accomplished more by education than by conviction? And isn't the love towards those whom our nature pushes us enough? towards family, friends, Kind people, the favorite team?

The answer lies in the words with which Jesus clarifies the commandment to love one another: "As I loved you". Jesus is the measure of love: and He, first of all, always loved and loved everyone; secondly, Jesus did not love for convenience, calculating that He could receive an advantage; third, Jesus loved, giving Himself completely, even giving His life. Only if we act in this way, the commandment of Jesus is "new". In fact, even before Jesus, men knew how to love, even without Jesus men can be capable of loving; but, the man alone, even if he loves he always does that with some conditions: I love “Tom” but I don't love “Dick”, I love if it doesn't cost me, I love when I want ...

Instead, the novelty of Jesus is to abolish every condition, to understand and practice love as a total gift of self. It is not easy, of course, for all those who have to deal with their fragile humanity every day; but precisely for this reason Jesus wanted to leave us His supports: His Word, the Sacraments, His example and the example of all those who knew how to imitate Him. Other people knew how to love like Jesus. Why can't I? It is written, " I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Phil 4:13). A stimulus to concretely experience the new commandment comes to us from the perspective open to those who practice it: eternal life. Moreover it also comes from the awareness that only in this way, every single Christian can perform an action for which he deserves universal consideration.

History consider philosophers, artists and so on as the benefactors of humanity, as the architects of its progress, ignoring most people who are often considered an inert mass to be moved with difficulty. Instead God, in His infinite justice, considers every single person. He gives everyone the chance to contribute to improving the world. Every single man can do this, living the new commandment, which transforms human relationships. Every single man, no matter whether he is illiterate or without means, can love with true love, and be that leaven of which Jesus speaks, that thing which is quantitatively minimal, but so effective as to make the whole mass ferment.

The gift of living in the Divine Will is the umpteenth demonstration of how much God loves us and how He wants to fill us with this love.

On March 9, 1931, Jesus explained to Luisa that God’s Love toward the creature was ab æterno. Inside of Himself, God loved her always, but outside of Him His first Love was externized in Creation. As the Fiat kept pronouncing Itself and, step by step, created the heavens, the sun and so forth, so It kept externizing, in each created thing, almost step by step, God’s Love contained even from Eternity for love of creatures.

One love calls for another: having externized Itself in the creation of the universe, and having experienced how refreshing, how sweet is the outpouring of love, and how, only by externizing it, it pours itself out and one feels how sweet it is to love – so, God’s Love, having begun to externize Itself, would give Itself no more peace if It would not create the one because of whom It had started to externize Its love, as though scattering it in all created things.

Therefore It overflowed strongly within God, wanting to make a complete act of love, calling him from nothing, to give him being and create in him God’s very Life of Love. If God would not create in him the Life of Love in order to be loved back, there was no reason, either divine or human, to externize so much love toward man. If God loved him so much, it was reasonable and rightful that he would love God; but, having nothing of his own, it was befitting for God’s Wisdom to create, Himself, the Life of Love in order to be loved back by the creature.

For the excess of His Love, before creating man, God was not content with having externized His Love in the Creation, but It reached such extent, that in putting out His qualities from His Divine Being, God puts out seas of Power and He loved him in His Power; seas of Sanctity, of Beauty, of Love, and so forth – and God loved him in His Sanctity, in His Beauty, in His Love. And these seas were to serve to invest man, so that he would find, in all God’s qualities, the echo of His powerful Love, and would love God with powerful love, with holy love, and with love of enrapturing beauty.

Therefore, when these seas of His divine qualities were put out of Himself, God created man, enriching him with His qualities, for as much as he could contain, so that he too would have an act that could echo within His Power, within His Love, within His Goodness, to be able to love Him with His same qualities. God wanted man, not a servant, but a son; not poor, but rich; not outside of His goods, but inside of His inheritance; and as the confirmation of this, He gave him His very Will as life and as law. This is the reason why God loves the creature so much – because she has from His own, and not to love one’s things is outside of nature and against reason.

 

don Marco
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