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We are loved by the Lord. Let's listen to him!Let's follow him!

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Dear brothers and sisters, Fiat!

The Risen Jesus is alive in the heavens. He is always beside us as a good Shepherd for our life and the life of humanity.

In the short text of today's Gospel there are three expressions that say and summarize this profound relationship between us and Jesus the Lord.

Jesus says: "My sheep hear my voice, I know them, they follow me". We listen to the voice of the Lord, but we are called to listen to it always with more attention, joy, love. In the journey of life we could run the risk of making a mistake, of losing ourselves, of giving in to the many temptations and suggestions of evil, of following many other voices. Who teaches us the right life? who gives us the true meaning of life? who helps us to build and realize our life in fullness, "in pastures of fresh herbs"? It is the Lord, it is his Word. We can feel the deep and concrete love of Jesus: He knows us with love, He knows the thoughts and doubts of our heart, He always comes to look for us.

Jesus knows me, heals me, brings me to safety, in the community of believers on this earth, in the beatitudes of God’s children  in eternity. Jesus puts so much trust in me, He always renews it and with His trust how many things I can do!

The third expression says: "the sheep follow me". It is very important to follow Jesus, he is the way, the truth, the life. How should we follow Him? Through faith, love, listening to his word, building every day the response to the vocation that he gave us, loving our neighbor and those in need, in body and spirit, because it is in the neighbor that Jesus is present , He speaks to me, urges me to follow Him.

Today is the "Day of the Good Shepherd", it is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, because the Lord said "Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest", there are Shepherds and guides, priests, nuns, men and women religious, missionaries. Through humble, sincere and constant prayer we understand that it is important that our Christian communities and our families be like gardens ready to welcome the vocations that God wants to sow. We should help them to grow, to develop beautiful responses before God, for the Church and for all of humanity.

The Kingdom of the Divine Will is not a project that the Holy Trinity added at a later time, but it is the fulfillment of the whole project of God who sees in the Creation the beginning, in the Incarnation and in the Redemption the apex and in the knowledge full fulfillment of the "Supreme Fiat".

Jesus himself reveals this great project to Luisa. He emphasizes the continuity and the close connection between the Creation, the Redemption and the Kingdom of the Divine Will.

Priests are the new apostles of the Kingdom of the Divine Will, those who are called to make known the fulfillment of the whole plan of God. But first they must be formed, thatisthey must know in a profound way the Kingdom of the Divine Will, reading and studying the writingsthat Luisa left.

I would like to emphasize a beautiful expression; in a certain sense it characterizes the task of the priest, not only in the life of Luisa, but also in the life of the Church. The ministers are like "cooperators, tutors and custodians of the knowledge of the goods and the wonders that are in the Divine Will". I am struck by the fact that, despite all that Jesus said to Luisa in her writings,  about miseries and sins committed by priests, it seems that Jesus did not repent at all of having chosen the priests, on the contrary, He puts in them a great trust, calling them "cooperators, guardians and depositories of knowledge". God's faithfulness is great and infinite! And I think, that this very manifestation of His fidelity for all priests becomes an invitation to conversion. We have our weaknesses, we know our sin, our miseries, but this does not change the will of God to count on us again, urging us, even with His strong words to love, to change.          

The Kingdom of the Divine Will isan universal good, such that, if they want it so, all can enter into It, it is necessary that many know the news about It, and that It be conceived in the minds, in the words, in the works and hearts of many, so that, through prayers, desires, and a holier life, they may dispose themselves to receive the Kingdom of the Divine Will into their midst. It is to the priests, as to new prophets, that the task is given of acting as trumpeters in order to make known what regards the Kingdom of the Divine Will.

Jesus has nothing but the Priests to accomplish this, as for the Redemption, He had nothing but the Apostles to whom He gave all the treasures, which are the Gospel and the sacraments, to make men know about salvation

For the Kingdom of the Divine Will, Jesus chooses the Priests so that He himself can deposit in them, as a sacred deposit, all the Truths on the DIVINE FIAT. And the priests must be attentive and the faithful executors of what God wants.

And just as in the Kingdom of Redemption Jesus left His Mother in the midst of the Apostles, so that, together with Her, helped and guided by Her, they might give start to the Kingdom of Redemption –in the same way, for the Kingdom of the Divine Fiat, having placed in Luisa the deposit of It, so that the priests might draw from her, as from a new mother, what can serve as light, as guidance, as help, to give start to making known the Kingdom of the Divine Will.

The priest's task is not only to be the one in charge of making known the treasures of the kingdom of the Divine Will, but above all the priest is invited to live him first in the Divine Will. And how?

On August 20, 1913, Jesus told Luisa that it happens to one who truly accomplishesthe Divine Will as to a grafted tree: the power of the graft has the virtue of destroying the life of the tree which receives the graft. So, one can no longer see the fruits and the leaves of the first tree, but those of the graft. And if the first tree said to the graft: ‘I want to keep at least a little branch for myself, so that I too may be able to give some fruits, and make everybody know that I still exist’, the graft would say: ‘You have no more reason to exist after you have submitted yourself to receiving my graft. Life will be all mine.’ In the same way, the soul who does my Will can say: ‘My life is ended. It is no longer my works, my thoughts, my words that will come out of me, but the works, the thoughts and the words of the One whose Will is my life.’ So, to usJesus says: ‘You are my life, my blood, my bones.’


don Marco
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