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Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High”

6/24/2020
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Today we are celebrating the birth of John the Baptist. God makes use of men; with us and for us He realizes His plans of salvation.  God chooses the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He fertilizes what is sterile and opens the mouths of those who can’t speak. God makes the virgin Mary fertile so that she may generate the Savior of the World, but He also grants motherhood to Elizabeth who is sterile and old. He also prepares a meeting between the two mothers and their babies and so the messianic joy flows! Mary is recognized as the Mother of the Lord and the future baptizer trembles and shudders with joy in his mother's womb.

 It is the same angel who announces to Zechariah the reasons for joy: "Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son,... He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth". John's task will be to prepare the way for the Lord so that He can find a people prepared for Him.  In fact, John precedes and announces the Messiah, the Lamb of God, but then he knows that he must step aside and leave space for him, before whom he prostrates himself and does not feel worthy even to untie the laces of His sandals. John will also precede Jesus in martyrdom: he will pay with his life his coherence and his unshakable firmness, unaware of the arrogance of the powerful people and of the shady underhand dealings of two women. He will conclude his mission in this way, in the same way as Christ; so we see him shine in the Church as the last of the Old Testament prophets and the first of the Messianic times.

Through the prophet Malachi God announced: "for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves." (Malachi 4.2). The hymn of Zechariah is an admirable development of this prophecy. Zechariah’s pain ended when he obeyed the angel's injunction. He named his son John (which means: God is merciful), and showed a faith without delay and without reserve. When Zechariah regained his ability to speak he sang a hymn of gratitude containing all the hope of the chosen people.

John will be the announcer of the divine mercy, which manifests itself in the forgiveness that God grants to sinners. The most marvelous proof of the divine piety is the Messiah who will appear on earth as a rising sun that will take from darkness the pagans who lived in heresies and moral depravity. This sun will show them true faith, while, to the chosen people, who already knew the true God, it will grant peace.

It is the Sun of the Divine Will. Jesus wants it to shine on earth as it is in Heaven

On May 31, 1926, Jesus wanted to make known to Luisa the great difference between one who lives in the Divine Will, in the unity of the light, and one who is resigned and submitted to the Divine Will.

The sun, being in the vault of the heavens, spreads its rays over the surface of the earth. Between the earth and the sun there is a sort of agreement – the sun touches the earth, and the earth receives the light and the touch of the sun. Now, by receiving the touch of the light, submitting to the sun, the earth receives the effects which the light contains, and these effects transmute the face of the earth. But by giving its effects, the sun does not give its light; on the contrary, it jealously preserves its unity, and its effects are not lasting. If the sun gave to the earth effects and light, the earth would change into sun and would have no more need to beg for the effects, because, containing the light within itself, it would become the owner of the source of the effects which the sun contains.

Now, such is the soul who resigns and submits to the Divine Will: she lives of the effects contained in It. So remained Adam after sin; he lost the unity of the light, and therefore the source of the goods and effects which the Sun of the Divine Will contains.

Now, from what Jesus told us, we can comprehend that the living in the Divine Will is to possess the source of the unity of the light of the Divine Will, with all the fullness of the effects contained in It. What a difference between one who possesses the source of the goods which the Sun of the Divine Will contains, and one who lives of the effects of It!

It is the difference that exists between the sun and the earth. The sun always possesses the fullness of its light and effects, it is always blazing and majestic in the vault of the heavens, nor does it need the earth. While it touches everything, it is untouchable, it does not let itself be touched by anyone; and if anyone dared even to fix on it, it would eclipse him, blind him and knock him down with its light. On the other hand, the earth is in need of everything, it lets itself be touched and stripped; and if it wasn’t for the light of the sun and its effects, it would be a gloomy prison, full of squalid misery. Therefore, there is no comparison that holds between one who lives in the Divine Will and one who submits to It.

don Marco

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