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XXXIII Sunday in Ordinary Time

11/12/2021
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Dear Brothers and Sisters, Fiat!

In this Sunday’s Gospel passage (cf. Mk 13:24-32), the Lord seeks to instruct his disciples on future events. Firstly, it is not a discourse on the end of the world, but rather an invitation to live the present well, to be vigilant and ever ready for when we will be called to account for our life. Jesus says: “in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven (vv. 24-25). These words make us envision the first page of the Book of Genesis, the narrative of creation: the sun, the moon, the stars — which from the beginning of time shine in their order and bring light, a sign of life — are described here in their decline, as they fall into darkness and chaos, a sign of the end. Instead, the light that shines on that final day will be unique and new: it will be that of the Lord Jesus who will come in glory with all the saints. In that encounter we will at last see his Face in the full light of the Trinity: a Face radiant with love, before which every human being will also appear in absolute truth.

Human history, like the personal history of each of us, cannot be understood as a simple succession of meaningless words and facts. Nor can it be interpreted in the light of a fatalistic vision, as if all were already preordained according to a fate that removes any space for freedom, preventing us from making choices as the fruit of true decision. In today’s Gospel passage, however, Jesus says that the history of peoples and that of individuals have a purpose and an aim to fulfil: the definitive encounter with the Lord. We know neither the time nor the way in which it will come about: the Lord emphasized that “no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son” (v. 32); all is safeguarded in the secret of the mystery of the Father. We know, however, a basic principle with which we must confront ourselves: “Heaven and earth will pass away”, Jesus says, “but my words will not pass away” (v. 31). This is the true crux. On that day, each of us will have to understand whether the Word of the Son of God has illuminated our personal existence, or whether we turned our back to it, preferring to trust in our own words. More than ever, it will be the moment in which to abandon ourselves definitively to the Father’s love and to entrust ourselves to his mercy.

No one can escape this moment, none of us! Shrewdness, which we often instill in our conduct in order to validate the image we wish to offer, will no longer be useful; likewise, the power of money and of economic means with which we pretentiously presume to buy everything and everyone, will no longer be of use. We will have with us nothing more than what we have accomplished in this life by believing in his Word: the all and nothing of what we have lived or neglected to fulfil. We will take with us only what we have given.

In the passage of July 18, 1926 Jesus tells Luisa that the necessity for Him not to give the Kingdom of the Divine Will and not to make It known when He came upon earth. He wanted to test the creature once again; Jesus wanted to give her things inferior to those which He gave her in Creation – remedies and goods to heal her. In fact, when Jesus created man he was not ill, but healthy and holy, therefore he could very well live in the Kingdom of the Divine Will. But as he withdrew from the Supreme Volition, he fell ill, and He came upon earth as the Celestial Doctor to see whether he would accept the remedies, the medicines for his illness; and after this test, then He would give him the surprise of manifesting the Kingdom of the Divine Will, which He kept in His Humanity, prepared for him.

Those who think that God’s highest goodness and infinite wisdom would have left man with only the goods of Redemption, without raising him again to the original state in which he was created by Him, deceive themselves. In that case Creation would have remained without Its purpose, and therefore without Its full effect, which cannot be in the works of a God. At the most, God might let centuries pass and turn, giving now one surprise, now another; entrusting now one little good to the creature, now a greater one. He will act like a father who wants to give his property to his children, but these children have wasted much of the goods of their father. In spite of this, he is determined to give his property to his children, so he thinks of another device: he no longer gives large amounts to his children, but a little bit at a time, lira by lira; and as he sees that his children preserve that little, he keeps increasing the small amounts. Through this, they come to recognize the love of the father and to appreciate the goods he entrusts to them, which they would not do before, when they had large amounts. This serves to strengthen them and to teach them how to preserve the goods received. So, once he has trained them, the father confirms his decision and gives his property to his children.

Now, this is how the paternal goodness is acting. In Creation God placed man in the opulence of goods, with no restriction at all; but only because He wanted to test him in something that did not cost him much, with an act of his will contrary to His he wasted all these goods. But God’s love did not stop; more than a father, He began to give him a little at a time - and before that, to heal him. Many times one uses more attention with the little than when he possesses great things. In fact, if one possesses great properties and they are wasted, there is always something from which to take; but if the little is wasted, he remains on an empty stomach.

However, the decision of giving the Kingdom of the Divine Will to man God has not changed; man changes, God does not change. Now things are easier, because the goods of Redemption have made their way, they have made known many surprises of His love for man – how He has loved him, not by the Fiat alone, but by giving him His very Life, though His Fiat costs Him more than His very Humanity, because the Fiat is divine, immense, eternal, while Jesus’ Humanity is human, limited and has its beginning in time. However, not knowing in depth what the Fiat means - Its value, Its power and what It can do - the human minds let themselves be conquered more by all that He did and suffered in coming to redeem them, not knowing that under His pains and His death there was His Fiat, hidden, which gave life to His pains.

Now, had God wanted to manifest the Kingdom of the Divine Will, either when He came upon earth or before the goods of Redemption would be recognized and, for the most part, possessed by creatures, His greatest Saints would have been frightened; all would have thought and said: ‘Adam, innocent and holy, was unable to live nor to persevere in this Kingdom of endless light and of divine sanctity – how can we do it?’ And Luisa – how many times has she not become frightened? And trembling before the immense goods and the sanctity, fully divine, of the Kingdom of the Supreme Fiat, she wanted to draw back, saying to Jesus: ‘Jesus, think of some other creature – I am incapable of this.’ She was not so much frightened by the suffering; rather, many times she prayed Jesus – she incited Him to let she suffer. Therefore God’s more than paternal goodness acted with Luisa as with a second Mother of His: from Her He hid His conception in Her womb; first He prepared Her, He formed Her, so as not to frighten Her; and when the appropriate time came, in the very act in which He was to be conceived, then He made it known to Her through the Angel; and even though at first She trembled and was troubled, immediately She became serene again, because She was used to living with Her God, in the midst of His light and before His sanctity.

So God has done with Luisa: for many years and years He hid from her that He wanted to form this Supreme Kingdom in her; Jesus prepared her, He formed her, He enclosed Himself in her, in the depth of her soul in order to form It; and when everything was done, He manifested the secret to her, He spoke to her about her special mission, He asked her in a formal way whether she wanted to accept living in the Divine Will; and even though she trembled and feared, Jesus reassured her, saying to her: ‘Why do you trouble yourself? Have you perhaps not lived with Me until now in the Kingdom of my Will?’ And you, serene again, would make more of a practice of the living in It, and I would delight in expanding ever more the boundaries of my Kingdom; because it is established up to what point the creature must take possession of this Kingdom, since Its boundaries are endless, and the creature is incapable of embracing them all, because she is limited.”

don Marco
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