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“As the creature enters into Our Volition in order to form her act, heaven abases itself and the earth elevates itself, and they meet together.”

The first letter of St. John: to love our brother is to live in the light (part one) ​

7/14/2021
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Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have already heard. On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. (1 John 2:7-8)

THE NEW AND OLD COMMANDMENT (2:7-8)

"Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment to you ": all that John writes constitutes the core of the proclamation that has been made by the evangelizers from the beginning and is well known to the listeners. It is presented as a commandment (in the singular form), that is, as something that is very simple (it is only one) and at the same time fundamental, obligatory, and absolutely necessary. We need to know that in John’s language commandment means something more than precept: it means something that at times resembles more a power than a duty (John 10:18); it is in fact a liberating duty, because the will of the Father is life and joy (John 12:50).

"But an ancient commandment, which you received from the beginning": The commandment of love is the first and foremost thing that the believers heard preached. The first thing they noticed and marveled at was feeling loved by God and the apostles and invited to love the Lord and their brothers in that way. This commandment is so old that it has its roots in the Old Testament, " Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”(Matthew 22:36-40). The antiquity of the commandment guarantees its importance, reliability and effectiveness. Certain Christians who loved novelty for the sake of change, diversification, innovation at all costs, are distorting the Gospel: they place salvation in intellectual knowledge (we note that this is still a dangerous temptation for all of us today). The Evangelist patiently repeats what he has always taught, namely, that salvation lies in love.

“The old commandment is the word that you have already heard. On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you": John tries to express what is inexpressible and therefore he uses paradoxical language: the commandment is not new, but old, however it is new! Why and in what sense is it also new? Not in the sense of recent in time, but in the sense of innovative in quality. In fact, Christ truly brought it to perfection, loving the Father and us in the Holy Spirit, even to death on the cross, and commanding us to love one another with that same love. In fact, Jesus Himself loved in an innovative way and defined that duty as a new commandment. It is Trinitarian love incarnate and manifested in His life and actions. It is also new because it turns out to be a commandment that we have never sufficiently understood and practiced, and therefore, always to be rediscovered. However, when we manage to live with the same love that pulsated in the heart of Christ, then we are filled with all the true novelty of the Gospel.

Let us now make an important consideration: something is true when we put it into practice: truth is not only the correspondence of a speech to a fact, but above all fidelity to a commitment, a duty or a promise. If telling the truth is important, operating in truth is infinitely more necessary.

“…which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining”: The Evangelist compares the commandment of love, always ancient and always new, to the dawn that breaks on the horizon and begins to cast its first rays of light towards us, giving birth to hope. In a world plunged into darkness, he now sees the darkness flee and disappear for good, while the Sun of love and truth (that is, Christ) begins to shine. Let us pause for a moment to contemplate this dawn that advances, this absolute newness that triumphs (cf. Revelation 21:1.5; Romans 13:12). We are the people of the dawn: we are not yet in full daylight, but every moment that passes is an irreversible step towards the perfect light.

In the passage of August 12, 1938, Jesus tells Luisa that his love for the soul that lives in the Divine Will even goes so far as to persecute her with love and light.

The light eclipses in her all the evils, in a way that seeing only the Divine Will, she abandons herself in him and lets Jesus do that which He wants; the love allures her, felicitates her and makes her conquered by God. As the creature enters into Divine Volition in order to form her act, heaven abases itself and the earth elevates itself, and they meet together; what happy meeting!

Heaven feeling itself transported on earth by the creative strength of the Divine Fiat, they kiss the earth, that is the human generations and at whatever cost they want to give to them that which they possess, in order to content the Divine Volition that has transported it on earth, because It wants to reign in everyone; the earth, feeling itself elevated to heaven, they feel an unknown strength that drags them to good, a celestial air that imposes itself upon them, that makes them breathe a new life.

An act in the Divine Will gives of the incredible, these acts will form the new day, the human generations will feel themselves renewed, rejuvenated in good through means of them; they will form the disposition in order to dispose them to receive Its life, in order to let It reign. These acts of creatures done in the Divine Volition will be the outfit/wealth, the powerful preparations, the most effective means, in order to obtain such a good.

When Jesus wants to manifest a truth that regards the Divine Will, first He loves it in Himself, He facilitates it, He adapts it to the human intelligence, so that the creature succeeds easily to understand it and to make it real life; Jesus outfits it with His love, and then He makes it known as suitor of love that wants to give itself to them, as life that feels the need that wants to form itself in them. But this doesn’t satisfy, Jesus purifies the human intelligence, He invests it with His light, He renews it, so that it knows His truth, she kisses it, she encloses it in herself and gives it all liberty to form its life, in order to remain transformed in the truth itself.

Every divine truth carries the divine life in the creature, suitor, that loves and wants to be loved, and God’s love is so much that He adapts Himself to human conditions in order to facilitate the knowledge. Without knowledge the ways are closed, the communications broken and God remains as the God distant from the creature, while He is inside and outside of them, and they remain distant from Him.

The creation didn’t end, but continues still in the souls that live in the Divine Volition, and if in the creation one sees the order, the beauty, the power of God’s work, in the creature one will see the love, the order, beauty, God’s creative virtue repeating His divine lives, for how many times she has lent God her acts in order to let Him work.

don Marco
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