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“My Fiat is light. Darkness does not find the way – it becomes lost before Its endless light”

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

7/21/2021
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Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes   (1John 2:9-11).

HE WHO LOVES HIS BROTHER DOES NOT STUMBLE (2:9-11)

"Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness ": for the third time the Apostle John  speaks of those who boldly assert: I have known Him, live in him, I am in the light ... He really wants to counter all the illusions of those who are satisfied with words and believe that novelty consists in varying the words to be said. It is incredible how easily we deceive ourselves!

The braggart is not at all aware that he hates his brother, but he has the distinct feeling that he is in truth, in transparency, in love. He does not know that being indifferent to the sufferings of others, closing oneself up in one's own safe and well-protected nest is equivalent to hating one's brother who is in difficulty. There is no need to insult him to understand that we hate him: it is enough to ignore that he exists or that he has certain problems.

Whoever mistakes darkness for light commits the most terrible of sins, the mystical sin, that is, the tremendous blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, because he sees evil where there is good and good where there is evil, love where there is hate and vice versa, God where there is the devil and the devil where there is the holiness of God.

"Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling": St. John speaks of those who love their brother with the love that is prescribed by the commandment that is always old and always new (7-8), given by Jesus and that we should put into practice exactly as He practiced it. St. Paul makes us understand that such love is the first fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control"). God's love is made concrete and revealed in the love we feel for our brother.

Whoever succeeds in loving in this way, remains stable in the divine light and therefore is not deceived. This correspondence between love and light is very interesting. We would have said: love is heat..., it is an inner fire.... John instead makes us understand that for him love is light. Light, in fact, for him never represents only the simple truth reached with the intellect alone, but indicates charity and, at the bottom of it all, God Himself (1:5), who is luminous love (4:8). As far as we are concerned, when we notice in ourselves, without presumption, that we are capable, by God's grace, of establishing loving and deep relationships with everyone (overcoming natural antipathies or dominating excessive sympathies) we can prudently conclude that we are on the right path. But if we are indifferent, nervous, quarrelsome, impatient, touchy, defensive, not very sociable or not very welcoming, we should be alarmed and think that we should change our lifestyle immediately.

As the Evangelist often does, he reiterates the concept, just expressed in a positive form (abides...), with a negative proposition (there is no...): he means that in practice he who loves does not fall into the pit (cf. Mt 15:14) and does not cause others to fall (Rom 14:13). The idea that he who loves does not stumble makes it clear that he walks with security. Therefore, he who loves is stable and at the same time he walks: therefore, to love is to be stable in the light and to walk without danger. When John invited us to walk as Jesus did (2:6), he was telling us (in the final analysis) to love as Jesus loved (cf. also Jn 11:9).

"But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going ": to reinforce his statement the Evangelist repeats in negative form the concept he has just expressed in positive form (v. 10). Hatred is blinding darkness.

This darkness is above all hatred, which can lead to unpredictable consequences. In fact, even in evil one does not usually stand stationary, but advances towards ever more frightening depths. Here John speaks first of all of being in the light or in the night, that is, of a basic situation, from which then derives concrete action (i.e. walking). In fact, those who are allergic to the truth (2:4), tend to act (walk) outside of it or against it. The immediate consequence is ignorance (he does not know): precisely the gap that the heretics of early Christianity, in every way, say they have not. And the worst part is that such a path inevitably has a disastrous final outcome (he goes where he does not know, even though he does not know and precisely because he does not know).

"because the darkness has blinded his eyes ": the eyes of the heart, which should be enlightened by faith and charity, are instead blinded by pride, falsehood, and lack of love. Only those who love have enlightened eyes to see deeply, to evaluate everything in the right way.

In the passage of July 4, 1928, Luisa recounts the experience when one merges into the Will of God. She felt herself completely in the Divine Fiat and within this sea one could see many other little seas, little rivers, formed in the same sea. It was beautiful, delightful, enchanting, to see these little seas formed very often within the Divine Sea – some smaller, some a little larger. It seemed to Luisa as when, possibly, we are in the sea and, as we dive into it, the water divides, and forming a circle around us, it gives us the place in order to be able to stay in the sea, in such a way that one can see many people in it, who are not seas, because the sea does not have the virtue of converting us into water, while Our God has the virtue of converting us into His very light. Now, while Luisa was delighting in watching a scene so beautiful and enrapturing, Jesus told her the Divine Fiat is light, nor could even a shadow or atom which is not light enter into It. Darkness does not find the way – it becomes lost before Its endless light; and the soul, in order to enter into the Divine Will, must place herself in the reflections of Its light – that is to say, as she wants to do her acts in the Divine Will, she places herself in Its reflections, which have the virtue of changing the acts of the soul into light. And the Divine Will performs a prodigy, as each of Its rays invests – some her heartbeats, some her thoughts, some her words; in each of Its rays It contains the crown of all the acts of the creature. And since the Divine Fiat embraces everything and everyone – Heaven and earth – It makes everyone touch, and gives to everyone, all the acts of the creature done in It. If all could see the marvels of the living and operating in the Divine Will, they would see the most beautiful, enchanting and enrapturing scene, which does the greatest good and brings the kiss of life, of light, of glory.

don Marco
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