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XI Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, Fiat!

In today’s Gospel passage (cf. Mk 4:26-34), Jesus speaks to the crowd about the Kingdom of God and the dynamics of its growth, and he does so by recounting two brief parables.

In the first parable (cf. vv. 26-29), the Kingdom of God is compared to the mysterious growth of the seed, which is cast upon the ground and then sprouts, grows and produces ears of grain, independent of the care of the farmer who, when it is fully grown, sees to its harvest. This is the message that this parable conveys to us: through Jesus’ teaching and action, the Kingdom of God is proclaimed, has burst into the field of the world and, like the seed, grows and develops by itself, through its own strength and according to humanly incomprehensible criteria. In its growth and development in history, it does not depend much on man’s doing, but is above all an expression of the power and goodness of God, of the strength of the Holy Spirit who brings forth Christian life in the People of God.

At times history, with its events and its protagonists, seems to go in the opposite direction of the design of the heavenly Father, who wants justice, fraternity and peace for all his children. But we are called to live out these periods as seasons of trial, of hope and of vigilant expectation of the harvest. Indeed, yesterday like today, the Kingdom of God grows in the world in a mysterious way, in a surprising way, revealing the hidden power of the little seed, its victorious vitality. Within the folds of personal and social events which at times seem to signal the failure of hope, it is important to remain confident in God’s subdued but powerful way of acting. For this reason, in moments of darkness and of difficulty we must not lose heart, but remain anchored in faithfulness to God, to his ever-saving presence. Remember this: God always saves. He is the Saviour.

In the second parable (cf. vv. 30-32), Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to a mustard seed. It is a very small seed, yet it grows to become the greatest of all the plants in the garden: an unforeseeable, surprising growth. It is not easy for us to enter this logic of the unforeseeable nature of God and to accept it in our life. But today the Lord exhorts us to an attitude of faith which exceeds all our plans, our calculations, our predictions. God is always the God of surprises. The Lord always surprises us. It is an invitation to open ourselves more generously to God’s plans, both on the personal level and on that of the community. In our communities it is important to pay attention to the little and big occasions of goodness that the Lord offers us, allowing ourselves to engage in his dynamics of love, of welcoming and of mercy toward others.

The authenticity of the Church’s mission does not come through success nor through the gratification of the results, but by going forth with the courage of trust and the humility of abandonment to God. Going forth professing Jesus and with the power of the Holy Spirit. It is the awareness of being small and weak instruments which, in God’s hands and with his grace, can accomplish great deeds, advancing his Kingdom which is “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom 14:17). May the Virgin Mary help us to be simple, to be attentive, to cooperate with our faith and with our work to develop the Kingdom of God in hearts and in history.

In the passage of March 6. 1932 Jesus tells Luisa that every single act of the creature contains the value of the purpose with which she animates her act. The purpose is as the seed, that buried under the earth is dusted with earth, but not in order to die, but in order to be born and form the seedling loaded with branches, with flowers and fruits, that belongs to that seed. The seed doesn’t see it, it remains hidden in its seedling, but from the fruits the seed is known, if it is good or bad.

Such is the purpose, it is seed of light and it can be said that it remains as buried and dusted in the act of the creature. And if the purpose is holy, all the acts that come from that purpose, all will be holy acts, because there is the first purpose, the first seed that animates and gives life to the succession of the acts of the first purpose, and these acts form the life of the purpose, in which are seen flowers and fruits of true sanctity. And even to such the creature with the whole knowledge of her will doesn’t destroy the first purpose, she can be sure that her acts are enclosed in the first purpose..”

Our course in the Divine Will will have the purpose that we want, that it forms his Kingdom, and therefore all our acts become centralized in the ‘Divine Fiat’ and converting themselves into seed of light all become acts of the Divine Will, which eloquently with arcane and divine voices ask for this kingdom so holy in the midst of the human generations

don Marco
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