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XIX Sunday of Ordinary Time

The coming of the kingdom of the Divine Will on earth is certain...

8/8/2020
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Dear Brothers and Sisters, Fiat!

Today the Gospel passage (Mt 14:22-33) describes the episode about Jesus who, after praying all night on the shore of the Lake of Galilee, makes his way towards his disciples’ boat, walking on the water. The boat is in the middle of the lake, halted by a strong wind blowing against it. When they see Jesus come walking on the water, the disciples mistake him for a ghost and they are afraid. But he reassures them: “Take heart, it is I; have no fear!” (v. 27). Peter, with his characteristic impetuousness, says to him: “Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water”; And Jesus calls him: “Come!” (vv. 28-29). Peter gets out of the boat and begins to walk on the water towards Jesus; but because of the wind, he is afraid and begins to sink. So he cries out: “Lord, save me!” And Jesus reaches out his hand and catches him (vv. 30-31).

This Gospel narrative contains rich symbolism and makes us reflect on our faith, both as individuals and as an ecclesial community, also the faith of all of us who are here today in the Square. Does the community, this ecclesial community, have faith? How is the faith in each of us, and the faith of our community? The boat is the life of each one of us, but it is also the life of the Church. The wind against it represents difficulties and trials. Peter’s invocation — “Lord, bid me come to you!” — and his cry — “Lord, save me!” — are very similar to our desire to feel the Lord’s closeness, but also the fear and anguish that accompany the most difficult moments of our life and of our communities, marked by internal fragility and external difficulties.

This episode offers a wonderful image of the reality of the Church throughout the ages: a boat that, as she makes the crossing, must also weather contrary winds and storms which threaten to capsize her. What saves her are not the courage and qualities of her men: the guarantee against shipwreck is faith in Christ and in his Word. This is the guarantee: faith in Jesus and in his Word. We are safe on this boat, despite our wretchedness and weaknesses, especially when we are kneeling and worshiping the Lord, like the disciples who, in the end, fell down before him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God!” (v. 33). How beautiful it is to say this to Jesus: “Truly you are the Son of God!”. Shall we say it together, all of us? “Truly you are the Son of God!”

In a passage from January 3, 1932 Luisa felt worried by the thought of how the Kingdom of the Divine Will could come in a world where sin abounds, evils get worse; it seemed to her that the creatures were not disposed to receive such a great good. Humanity was within a storm that only a divine prodigy could calm.

But while she was thinking of that and other things, Jesus, making His usual visit to her soul, told her that everything is possible for God.

The impossibilities, the difficulties, the insurmountable obstacles of creatures melt before God’s Supreme Majesty like snow in front of a burning sun. Everything is in whether God wants it; all the rest is nothing. Did the same not happen in Redemption? Sin abounded more than ever; only a small group of people was awaiting the Messiah, and in the midst of this group, how many hypocrisies, how many sins of all kinds – they were often idolatrous. But it was decreed that Jesus was to come upon earth. In the face of God’s decrees, all evils cannot prevent what He wants to do. God is glorified more by one act alone of the Divine Will than He is offended by all the evils and sins committed by creatures, because God’s act is divine and immense, and in its immensity it embraces all eternity, all centuries, it extends to all. Therefore, it is not of God’s infinite wisdom not to give life to even just one act of the Divine Will because of the evils of creatures. God places Himself on His divine side, and He does what He has to do; and He leaves the creatures by their human side; and acting as Sovereigns, He lords it over everything and everyone, even over evil, and He puts out His decrees.

Now, just as Jesus’ coming upon earth was God’s decree, so is His decree the Kingdom of the Divine  Will upon earth; even more, it can be said that one and the other are one single decree, and having carried out the first act of this decree, God is to carry out the second. It is true that God paces Himself according to the good disposition of the creatures in order to give the great good that an act of the Divine Will can produce, and therefore at most He takes time, and He makes His way in the midst of their evils in order to dispose them. It is true that the times are sad; the peoples themselves are tired, they see all the ways closed to them, they can find no way out even for the necessary natural means; the oppressions, the demands of the leaders are unbearable – just penalty, since they have elected as leaders godless men, of evil life, without a just right to be leaders, who deserved a prison more than the right of regime…Indeed, the epoch of the Jewish people is being repeated, as they remained without a king when Jesus was near to coming upon earth, and were under the dominion of an alien empire, of barbarous and idolatrous men who did not even know their Creator.

Yet, this was the sign of Jesus’ nearing coming into their midst. That epoch and this one hold hands in many things, and the disappearance of thrones and empires is the announcement that the Kingdom of the Divine Will is not far. It having to be a universal, pacific Kingdom, there will be no need of kings to dominate It – each one will be king to himself. The Divine Will will be for them law, guide, support, life and absolute King of all and of each one; and all the arbitrary and rightless leaders will be shattered like dust in the wind. The nations will continue to fight against one another – some by war, some by revolution, among themselves and against the Church. They have a fire in their midst that devours them, that gives them no peace, and they can give no peace. It is the fire of sin, and the fire of acting without God that gives them no peace; and they will never make peace if they do not call God into their midst, as regime and bond of union and of peace. And Jesus lets them do, and He will make them touch with their own hands what it means to act without God.

But this does not prevent the Kingdom of the Supreme Fiat from coming; this is all creature’s stuff, of the low world, which God’s power knocks down and disperses whenever it wants, and it makes the most serene sky and the most refulgent sun arise from the storm. Be certain, do not worry because evils get worse; God’s power, His winning love that has the virtue of always winning, the Divine Will that can do everything and, with invincible patience, knows how to wait even for centuries - but what It wants and has to do is worth more than all the evils of creatures – in the face of Its invincible power and Its infinite value, their evils will be like little drops of water, like many trifles that will serve for the triumph of God’s Love and for the greater glory of His fulfilled Will.

Therefore, let’s Jesus do; it is as though already done. All evils and all creatures together have no power and no right over the Divine Will, nor can they prevent a single act of God’s Will, wanted by decrees of His wisdom.

"Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid"!

by don Marco

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