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The first letter of St. John: God is light without darkness (part three)

“Our divine attributes line up to her, they make room for her, to give her access and let her walk, to let her form her little road. And as she walks she does nothing other than gather drops of light”. ​

4/29/2021
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But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light,

we have fellowship with one another,

and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

(1 John 1:7)

"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light ": John, who used the striking comparison of walking in darkness, now offers us the beautiful contrary image of walking in the light, that is, in truth, honesty and virtue. It is beautiful to progress and advance more and more in the clarity and splendor of light. God Himself, being infinite and perfect Light, lives in light, holiness and love. We must walk in the light, living and growing in God, that is, in the truth of love and in love to the truth. Bringing out the message hidden in verses 5-7, we can note that while the Evangelist is solely concerned with proclaiming the message heard from Christ that makes us focus all our attention on God, the perfect Light, immature Christians focus their attention on themselves.  They arrogantly claim to be in communion with God, without even understanding what communion means, much less what God means.  They fill their mouths with beautiful words, while the true believer, without much talk, actually walks in the divine light. John places before us an ideal of great value: to walk in the light as God is in the light: while he is in the light, we, for better or worse, are still walking. And blessed are we if we have already begun this journey!

"We have fellowship with one another ": this new way of living and behaving (with sincerity, transparency, honesty) leads Christians to be, not only in communion with God and like God, but also in communion with one another (with the leaders of the Church and with all believers in God: cf. 1:3). On the contrary, those who walk in darkness break this fraternal and ecclesial communion and, what is worse, are frighteningly deceived when they say they are in communion with God (1:6). In fact, as we will see later, he ends up denying Christ (2:22) and misunderstanding the value of the Incarnation (cf. 4:2-3). The practical error thus becomes a doctrinal error as well.

The three fundamental criteria for verifying whether we live in communion with God who is Light and Life are:

- first, listening to those who from the beginning have known Christ and transmitted the original proclamation (sign and instrument of authentic ecclesial communion: 1,1-3);

- Second, the effective practice of the commandments (1:5-6).

- third, the acceptance of the truth, recognizing God as purest Light and us as those in need of purification (1:7-8).

"And the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin": if our journey into the light (into truth and fraternal communion) has already begun this derives from the fact that the blood of Christ, Son of God purifies us from our sins. The blood is a sign of love and life. Sins are those darkness that keep us from being light. Not that the will to walk in the light deserves this purification, because it is free, but surely such a walk is already a sign of the purification in progress, as well as a condition to obtain it again in the future. These statements make us understand that the author assumes that the believer has been a sinner (before conversion) and may still sometimes sin out of weakness. We will see later that John argues with the Gnostics, because they proclaimed themselves sinless and impeccable. For John, on the other hand, it is important to remember with gratitude that the blood of Jesus purifies us from all sin (Rev 1:5; 7:14; Heb 9:14). The blood is the sign and sacrament of Christ's love for us, love that became incarnate and was crucified. Therefore, it is the love of Christ raised on the cross that is the power that eliminates sins (1 Pet 4:8) and creates communion.

In the passage of April 9, 1933, Jesus tells Luisa that God is most pure light, and His attributes as many suns, one distinct from the other, but unified together and inseparable, forming a circle around Him. Now, in creating the creature, she was placed in these immense suns to form her little road. Now, who comes to form this little road? One who lives of the Divine Will. The divine attributes line up to her right and to her left, they make room for her, to give her access and let her walk, to let her form her little road. And as she walks she does nothing other than gather drops of light, with which she remains all studded, such that it is an enchantment to see her.

So, she nourishes herself with light, the light embellishes her, and she knows nothing else, nor can she speak of anything else but light. God’s attributes press around her, and they love this creature as the apple of their eyes; they feel her life in them, and their life in her, and they take on the task of raising her as beautiful as they can, and of not letting her take one step outside of the road that they have formed for her within their interminable light. So, one who lives in the Divine Will can be called ‘the little road in the Divine Will’. This, in time, but in eternity the road will not be little, but long; or rather, these creatures will never stop, because this light has no end, and they will always have some road to walk, to take new beauties, new joys, new knowledges, of this light that never ends.

God’s love showed off more than ever in this Eden in creating man; and for the fulfillment of His display, and to keep him more safe, God formed for him the road to be covered within the light of His attributes. But he went out, because he did not want to do the Divine Will. But God’s goodness was so great, that He did not close this road, but left it open for anyone who wants to live only of Divine Will.

 

don Marco
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