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First Advent Sunday

Waiting for the day without sunset

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Dear brothers and sisters, Fiat!

Every year the liturgy recalls the entire journey of human life. It begins with the phase called "Advent", of which today is the first Sunday. Advent means "coming", implying "of God". We remember the first coming, that of two thousand years ago in the person of the Son of God (hence the celebration of Christmas), to learn how to wait for the second, the one that will see us pass from time to eternity.

Christians generally bear in mind Christmas: everyone celebrates it, though often improperly; much less are they aware of the second coming. Instead, it would be appropriate to become aware of this other component of Advent, that is the expectation of the ultimate realities of faith. Today, waiting is perceived as something negative, a waste of time; this is not the meaning of the Latin word: "ad-tendere", to tend towards something or someone. For Christians, this should be the expectation of the encounter with God, to remain always with Him; an industrious and fervent expectation of the day without sunset, in which we can please forever in the contemplation of the face of the Lord.

Today's readings help us understand this. In the first reading (Is 2,1-5) there is an invitation to the peoples to come closer to God: "He will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths”.  (Rom 13.11-14 ) In the second reading the apostle Paul exhorts: "It is now the hour for us to rise from sleep. For now our salvation is nearer than when we believed. The night is passed, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armour of light."

The Gospel (Mt 24.37-44) explicitly speaks of the return of the Lord. It is understood as the moment in which each one will see his earthly life end and present himself before God. Jesus recommends to be ready, because no one can know when this will happen: "Then two men shall be in the field: one shall be taken, and one shall be left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill: one shall be taken, and one shall be left. Watch ye therefore, because ye know not what hour your Lord will come. ".

Watching, that is, rising from sleep and keeping awake, committing to do good: this is the attitude suggested to wait for the "day of the Lord", with the inner dispositions of the one who hopes that a promise can be fulfilled. One of the prefaces of this time of advent says: "Christ our Lord, at his first advent in the lowliness of our human nature, fulfilled the ancient promise, and opened for us the way to eternal salvation. He will come again in glory and majesty, and will call us to possess the promised kingdom, which we now dare to hope vigilantly in waiting

In the passage of October 2, 1926  Jesus tells Luisa that He is looking at how much He has to expand the boundaries of the Kingdom of the Divine Will to give possession of It to creatures. Jesus knows that they are unable to grasp the endlessness which the Kingdom of the Divine Will contains, because it is not given to them, as creatures, to cross and embrace a Will that corresponds to a Kingdom which has no boundaries. In fact, since they are created beings, they are always restricted and limited.

And so Jesus is looking at posterity – at the dispositions which they will have; and He is looking at those in the present, to see the dispositions which they have, because those in the present must pray, impetrate and prepare the Kingdom of the Supreme Fiat for posterity, and according to the dispositions of posterity, and to the interest of those present, so does He keep expanding the boundaries of His Kingdom, because the generations are so linked to one another that it always happens this way: one prays, another prepares, another impetrates, another possesses.

The same happened with Jesus’ coming upon earth in order to form the Redemption. It was not those who were present that prayed, sighed and cried to obtain Its goods - they are the ones who enjoy them and possess them - but those who lived before His coming. And according to the dispositions of those in the present, and the prayers and dispositions of those in the past, so did He expand the boundaries of the goods of Redemption. In fact, only when a good can be useful for creatures, then does He give it; but if it brings them no utility, why give it? And this utility is taken by them if they have more dispositions.

But do you know when Jesus expand its boundaries? When He manifest to us a new knowledge that regards the Kingdom of the Divine Will. This is why, before manifesting it to us Jesus casts a glance over all, to see their dispositions – whether it will be useful for them, or it will be for them as if it had not been spoken. And in seeing that He wants to expand His boundaries more in order to give them more goods, more joys, more happiness to possess, but they are not disposed, Jesus feels afflicted and He waits for our prayers, for our rounds in the Divine Will, for our pains, in order to dispose those present well as posterity. And then Jesus returns to the new surprises of the manifestations about the Divine Will.

don Marco
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