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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus teaches us the depth of love

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, Fiat!

In today's Gospel Jesus says: “Think not that I have come to abolish the Law and the Prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them”. Jesus doesn’t want to do away with the Commandments that the Lord has given through Moses; rather, He wants to bring them to fulfilment. He then adds that this “fulfilment” of the Law requires a higher kind justice, a more authentic observance. In fact, He says to his disciples: “Unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven”.

The six antithesis: " You have heard that it was said... but I say to you...," are some concrete examples by which Jesus explains what He means when He announces his intention to fulfill the Law and the Prophets and when He recommends overcoming the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, in order to aspire to the kingdom of Heaven.

But what does this “fulfilment” of the Law mean? What is this superior justice? Jesus himself answers this question with a few examples. Jesus was practical and He always used examples to make Himself understood. He begins with the fifth of the Ten Commandments: “You have heard that it was said to the men of old, ‘You shalt not kill’ ... But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be liable to council” . In this way, Jesus reminds us that words can kill!

Jesus offers the perfection of love to those who follow Him: love is the only measure that has no measure, to move past judgements. Love of neighbour is a fundamental attitude that Jesus speaks of, and He says that our relationship with God cannot be honest if we are not willing to make peace with our neighbour. He says: “So if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift”. Therefore we are called to reconcile with our neighbour before showing our devotion to the Lord in prayer.

In all of this we see that Jesus does not give importance simply to exterior conduct. He goes to the Law’s roots focusing, first and foremost, on the intention and the human heart, from which our good and bad actions originate. To obtain good and honest conduct, legal rules are not enough. We need a deep motivation, an expression of a hidden wisdom, God’s wisdom, which can be received through the Holy Spirit. Through faith in Christ, we can open ourselves to the action of the Spirit which enable us to experience divine love.

In the light of this teaching, each precept reveals its full meaning as a need for love, and all are reunited in the great commandment: love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself.

On June 15, 1933, Jesus told Luisa that He does not look at the external action of the creature, but at the intention that forms the life of the action. The intention is like the soul of the action, and the action becomes like the veil of the intention. It happens as with the soul to the body: it is not the body that thinks, that speaks, that palpitates, that operates and walks, but it is the soul that gives life to the thought, to the word, to the motion. So, the body is veil to the soul, such that, while it covers it and makes itself the bearer of it, yet, the vital part, the action, the step, is of the soul. Such is the intention - true life of the actions. If we call the Divine Will as life of our mind, as heartbeat of our heart, as action of our hands, and so forth, we will form the life of the intelligence of the Divine Will in our mind, the life of Its actions in our hands, Its divine step in our feet, in such a way that everything we do will serve as veil to the divine life, which, with our intention, we have formed in the interior of our acts. But what is this intention? It is our will which, making appeal to that of God, empties itself of itself and forms the void within its act in order to give the place to the action of the Divine Will. And making itself the veil, it hides the extraordinary action of a God even in the most ordinary and natural actions, so much so, that on the outside one sees common actions, but if the veil of the human volition is removed, one finds, enclosed within, the operative virtue of the divine action. And this forms the sanctity of the creature; not the diversity of the actions, not the works that make noise - no, but the common life, the necessary actions of life, which the creature cannot do without; these are all veils that can hide the Divine Will, and become the field in which God Himself lowers Himself to become the hidden Actor of His divine actions. And just as the body veils the soul, so the will veils God, it hides Him, and by means of its ordinary actions, it forms the chain of the extraordinary actions of God in her soul.

Therefore, we must be attentive – we must call the Divine Will in everything we do, and It will never deny us Its act, so as to form in us, as much as it is possible for a creature, the fullness of Its sanctity.

Come Divine Will to work in us! Fiat!

don Marco
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