VIAGGIO SPIRITUALE di Tommaso Nuovo
Gospel to day: June 2017
Tuesday 20 June 2017
X week of ordinary time
Mt 5, 43-48
43 You have understood that it was said, You will love your neighbor and hate your enemy. 44 But I tell you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven; He makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and he rains on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not the publicans do this too? 47 And if you give greetings only to your brothers, what do you do extraordinary? Do not the pagans do this too? 48 Therefore, be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.
COMMENT by Tommaso Nuovo
Loving God's measure
Every time we read, meditate, or contemplate the gospel, we can see in it God, the whole humanity, and each of us. The Gospel is the letter of God to men, written with the blood of His Son Jesus on the cross. If you leave this thought you will come to see what God tells us, what he wants from us, how he behaves with us. Before we get some moral indication to put into practice, we need to show God's behavior toward us.
You have understood that it was said, you will love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
How can we not see in these words the behavior of God toward us? We who are his first enemies, why are we opposed to his will with sin? Yet God does not threaten punishments about us, warn us, and warn us that sin produces death and leads to death. The Lord is good with everyone, but everyone asks for the same love he is directed towards each of us. When he does not find the same goodness with which he loves his creature, God causes the shadow to fall on it, because he feels the cold and sees the darkness in which he has settled but does not retreat his love.
That you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven; He raises his sun on the wicked and his good, and he rains on the just and the unjust.
Here is how God behaves. As the rain descends on all things, as the sun shines on everything and on all, so is the love of God. For God does not make differences, does not chastise the unjust and does not strike the wicked to avoid Who continue to hurt? How many innocent victims: men, women, younger children would be avoided. As it is a mystery to God, so is his love, which surpasses human categories and has a justice that we do not understand. For this reason we easily accuse him of being unfair, absent, indifferent to human tragedies. The problem, however, has to be shifted not to God, but to man, who does not want to learn from God. Only when God's holiness shines in men he recognizes God's reason and his way of behaving. Then God always intervenes in the history of men, even when He is not called, is not loved, is not respected. If you put more on God's theme in the reinterpretation of history, you would see a continuity of God's actions. But God is so radical in love as much is man in hating, because he lets persuade and listen to the master of evil: Satan.
For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not the publicans do this too? And if you only greet your brothers, what do you do extraordinary? Do not the pagans do this too? Therefore, be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.
God asks us perfection in love, because it is possible to realize it. This perfection starts from considering God's love for each one of us, a love that he educates, however, leads the creature to bring it to God's measure. Moreover, this is possible because we are God's children, created with a soul in which he lives God, to participate in the fullness of God's life. There the fullness of God's love, which we will enjoy in eternal life, is anticipated in the exercise of fraternal love. This is medicine for the evil around us.
What to do in concrete how to react if we are also threatened in life? We must defend and defend the life of those around us. To not oppose the wicked means two things: be willing to die for your enemies or not oppose them with the same violence. We see today how the wars in progress are always the result of other wars. The war of war food, as peace is nourished by peace. What God asks us is not impossible. Good day
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ
Jn 6: 51-58
51 I am the living bread, descended from heaven. If one eats of this bread will live forever and the bread I will give is my flesh for the life of the world. "
52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, "How can he give us his flesh to eat?" 53 Jesus said to them, "Verily, verily I say unto you, If ye eat not the flesh of the Son of man, nor drink his blood, ye have no life in you.54 Who eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood Has eternal life and I will raise it up in the last day. 55 Because my flesh is true food and my true drink blood. 56 He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. 57 As the Father who has life has sent me and I live for the Father, so also the one who eats me will live for me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven; It is not like what the fathers ate and died. He who eats this bread will live forever. "
COMMENT by Tommaso Nuovo
Faith in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ
Today many people wonder where God is, where Jesus Christ is and what he does for man. In this way it is invoked by its presence in the thousands of problems of man, from the geopolitical to the personal ones. Many would like to call God to justify about the promised so much and the bad present. But God is not someone who gets "pulled from the beard", what he says does, unlike us we say and do not.
Whether you want it or do not want it, believe it or do not believe it, the answer is in the Holy Eucharist: the real presence of Jesus Christ in His true Body and His Blood. Jesus in this way will be with us until the end of the world. He is the living bread descended from heaven. I immediately think of the two hundred and twenty-two consecrated hosts of the Eucharistic miracle of Siena. But without going to Siena every tabernacle of any Church is an Eucharistic miracle, which does not need science to be recognized but needs our faith. Every time we go to church we must also bring our faith, and if it is miserable we must ask to increase it, because the mystery to which we communicate is great, immense even though the bread is consecrated on the altar.
The problem we face before each other is our faith, by which we can believe in the real presence of Jesus Christ and then present to Him our prayers, supplications, our laments, our questions. To ask for faith you just have to stand in front of the tabernacle and ask it sincerely. It is always achieved, only after we have to live in faith, in a relationship of obedience to Jesus Christ, and in the constant renewal of our lives. The demon will be prodded in all ways to break our faith and our presence in Jesus, making us ashamed of our sins so that we do not confess them.
We must also make our struggle and put ourselves continually in the presence of Jesus, in an ever more sincere and full of love. Our part is to resist the evil and let us take it from Jesus. Instead, we make all the incontrovertible, so we are not at the head of anything.
And our many problems, we begin to face them with the wisdom of the Gospel and prayer, helped by the intercession of the Mother of God and the saints. The presence of God is guaranteed. He will then end the work, because it is our faith to see God's actions, leaving all his merit to Him. Only one merit awaits us right, that he has believed in his presence and in his love. Good day.
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Jn 3, 16-18
16 For God so loved the world to give the only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not be lost, but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but because the world is saved through him. 18 He who believes in him is not condemned; But who does not believe has already been condemned, because he did not believe in the name of the only-begotten Son of God.
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
Break the silence on God.
The solemnity of the Holy Trinity is the point of arrival of the spiritual liturgical path of Lent and Easter, that is, faith in God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. One God in Three People.
It is not indifferent to believe in this God or another, because by faith it is passed on to the relationship with God. If you believe in a God who can not save there is no relation to it. If one believes and adheres to the God who saves with it, there is a relationship, a relationship, a real and true communion, carrying good and salvation.
The saving God is also the One who loves the creature, precisely because he wants to save her. The saving God is the One who is loved by the creature, because he saves him from evil. Salvation is therefore in a relationship between God and the creature, a relationship of love and life on a horizon of eternity.
The saving God is the One whom Jesus Christ has revealed to us as our Father and ours and to be able to meet and experience Him has given us His Holy Spirit.
Religions are the place of encounter with God, but only in the religion of God, that is, what He revealed revealed this encounter. In men's religions, questions about God, men and their destiny arise. But the man who poses the question can not be left alone on the answer to things that overcome it and affect his destiny.
It was necessary for God to come out and manifest himself to men as it is. Men have sought God on the mountains and building pyramids, or in the forces of nature and living beings. Men have tried to portray God with the most strange images and give him the names and titles, also coming to sacrifice human victims, but only in Jesus Christ God has revealed himself as Father and only Jesus Christ has given His Holy Spirit. Try it is the sanctification of men, the progress of peoples, who have welcomed Jesus Christ, the catholicity of open faith to every man of every language people and nation. Try it is the goodness of God and his pouring on men thanks to thanklessness without measure. Yet man has turned away from God, for he continues to interpret the scripture of Adam's sin.
It is understood that there has never been a golden age, where everyone believed resolutely in the God of Jesus Christ, where faith and reason went hand in hand. But today we live the time of silence on God and God. Silence on God because it is never put to the theme in society, always searching for the affirmation of human rights, as if God deny these rights. A kind of God's removal has been made of the mind and the conscience of men, especially the media. This has produced the silence of God, not in the sense that God no longer speaks to man, but in the sense that man is no longer able to hear it, to listen to it. The man cries to God, but he only senses the echo of his own voice, which goes off in the void.
The silence of God is the true drama of the West and can only be released if it is to return to the theme of the God of Jesus Christ and his story with men, to recover those words, that dialogue that has always characterized the relationship Between God and man. It is not just a cultural question, it is necessary to restore the lymph to the spirit of Western man, arid for the lack of spiritual life, of life in the Spirit.
This task is entrusted to the Catholic Church and to each of us personally, winning that human respect and the shame of publicly speaking of God. Let us not forget that to break this silence concerns above all the Mother of God the Virgin Mary, who exemplifies us And it encourages us to speak to God and God on every occasion who presents us. Good day.
June 10, 2017
IX week of ordinary time
Mc 12, 38-44
38 He said to them in his teaching, "Look to the scribes, who love to walk in long robes, to receive greetings in the squares, 39 to have the first seats in the synagogues, and the first places at banquets.40 Divorce the widows' houses and pray for a long time to see . They will receive a more severe conviction. "
Sitting in front of the treasure, he watched as the crowd poured out coins. So many rich people were throwing many. 42 But when a poor widow came, he threw two coins, which made a penny. 43 Then, calling to his disciples, he said to them, "Truly I say to you, this poor widow has cast into the treasure more than all the others. 44 In fact, they have thrown part of their superfluity. In her misery, however, she threw everything she had, all she had to live. "
COMMENT by Tommaso Nuovo
The widow's widow
We are at the beginning of the first week after Pentecost. Although it is not easy, we must not lose sight of the Gospels, who have accompanied us this week from chapter 12 of the Gospel of Mark.
We are also, as the disciples of Jesus first-time, recipients of His Word. The week was inaugurated by the parable of "Homicidal Vignaioli" and ends with a confrontation between the ostentatious wealth and pride of the Pharisees as they throw coins into the treasury of the temple and the humble obeisance of a poor widow.
Jesus admires the poor widow and criticizes the one who gave the superfluous, exposing it as a great gift. The poor widow however gave little has given it all. In that there is all his faith in the providence of God.
Even if she had more, she would give it all, because the difference makes her in the heart. The Lord puts in front of these examples because we learn to trust Him. To give everything to God or indirectly to Him puts us in God's hands, which are great and secure and allows us to look with serenity to the future, that if we leave him In our hands fills us with restlessness, while placing us in peace and peace. This is the right direction, we also start with little, but let's go to God. Good day.
Friday, June 9, 2017
IX week of ordinary time
Mc 12, 35-37
35 Teaching in the temple, Jesus said, "How do the scribes say that Christ is the son of David? 36 For David himself said, moved by the Holy Ghost:
The Lord said to my Lord,
Sit at my right,
Until I put your enemies
Under your feet.
37 David himself calls him Lord: where is he who is his son? And the large crowd listened willingly.
COMMENT by Tommaso Nuovo
Jesus explains himself in the Word of God
Why does Jesus teach people to ask this question, so theological, about the Davidic origin of the Messiah? Certainly, Jesus noticed the ignorance in which the crowd lay and the Word of God (quoted Psalm 109) tells them why the Messiah is the son of David. Jesus replaces in teaching to the scribes and law practitioners, worried more than raising their glory and the glory of God by taking advantage of the religion they are called to serve.
Jesus teaches that the knowledge of the Messiah draws from the Word of God and the teaching of those who draw from it divine wisdom. It is this wisdom that in the end to make known to man all that concerns God and salvation, so that man does not lose sight of the vanities of the mind and does not replace the glory of God with the misery of men.
In particular, Jesus offers a biblical basis for understanding the human nature of the messiah, son of God and the son of man, made visible, accessible and knowable in his person.
Knowledge of God's things must be accessible to everyone, and not prerogative to someone or some religious class. God is not an unknown and unknown God, but has been made known in Jesus Christ His Son. It seems to me that today little is spoken about Jesus and his person, it is assumed that people know who he is and know his divine prerogatives. But today Jesus is the great stranger in front of men. Good day.
7 June 2017
IX week of ordinary time
Mc 12: 18-27
18 Some Sadducees came to him - who say there is no resurrection - and questioned him by saying, 19 "Master, Moses has written to us that if a man's brother dies and leaves his wife without children, his brother takes his wife And give a descendant to his brother. 20 There were seven brothers: the first took a wife, died and did not leave off. 21 Then he took the second and died without leaving his seed; And the third likewise, 22 and none of the seven left off. Eventually, after all, the woman also died. 23 When the resurrection, when will they resurrect, which of them will be a wife? Because all seven had her as a wife. " 24 Jesus answered them, "Is not this why you are mistaken because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God? 25 When they rise from the dead, they will neither marry nor wife, but they will be like angels in heaven.26 As to the fact that the dead rise, you have not read in the book of Moses in the story of the bush as God spoke to him saying, Am I the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? 27 It is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are in grave error. "
COMMENT by Tommaso Nuovo
The fruit of the vineyard, the tribute to God, and the resurrection of the dead
To understand what the Lord Jesus wants in this time after Pentecost, we must look carefully at the Gospels this week, drawn from the Gospel according to St. Mark.
The first passage is Mark 12: 12-12: the parable of murderous vintners. The owner of the vineyard collects the fruit of the vineyard, but the peasants he had put into the vineyard did not want to do it
The second passage is Mark 12: 13-17. On the question asked by the Pharisees whether it is lawful or not to give tribute to Caesar, Jesus replied: "What Caesar is to make him Caesar and what is God, to God.
The third passage, that of today is the question asked by the Sadducees on the resurrection of the dead. Jesus replies that God is the God of the living, not the dead.
What God's request can emerge today from these gospels? This time after Pentecost an invitation from God, we ask what fruits we have obtained after many grace gifts in Lent and Easter.
The farmers of the vineyard have become homicidal because they have sold the fruits of the vineyard and the gain they did not want to hand over to the legitimate owner: to God but to keep it for himself. Their greed is so great that they also kill the owner's Son. If it is necessary to give a tribute to Caesar much more to God to whom everything belongs steadily and forever. We must give God the fruits of faith, especially those who derive from believing in the resurrection of the dead and those who open us to the gift of ourselves to God and to our brothers.
Let us not forget that the torrents of grace that have come down from heaven on earth in the times of Lent and Easter are infinitely greater than our miserable replies of faith that we owe to God. Good day.
Friday June 2, 2017
VII week of Easter
Jn 21: 15-19
15 When they had eaten, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He replied, "Sure, Lord, you know that I love you." He said, "Pour my lambs." 16 Again, for the second time, he said to him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He replied, "Sure, Lord, you know that I love you." He said, "Shepherds my sheep." He said to him for the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was saddened that for the third time he asked him, "Do you love me?" And he said, "Lord, you know everything; You know I love you. " Jesus answered him, "Pour my sheep. 18 Verily, verily, I say unto you, When ye were younger, thou hast dressed alone, and walked whithersoever thou wished; But when you are old you curse your hands, and another will dress you and bring you where you do not want. " 19 He said this to indicate with what death he would glorify God. And, having said this, he added, "Follow me."
COMMENT by Tommaso Nuovo
You love Me?
Today's Gospel places us in the context of the resurrection of Jesus on the Lake of Galilee (Jn 21: 1-2). In a somewhat resigned and somewhat awaiting climate, where Peter takes the initiative to go fishing and others follow him, Jesus appears. Jesus asks if they have something to eat and then indicates where to throw the net, as the networks They were empty. Through miraculous fishing of one hundred and fifty large fish, first John, then the others, recognize Jesus.
Peter threw himself into the water to reach the shore before the others, while the others drag the net full of fish caught with the indication of Jesus. On the ground they find Jesus and a burning fire over the bread and the fish. Jesus invites them to sit. After they had eaten, the dialogue between Jesus and Peter begins, centered on the question you love me. Jesus repeated the question as if he wanted to heal Peter's three denials before giving him the care of the flock of God.
I wanted to make this introduction to emphasize how Jesus recovers to faith and memory those men whom he had chosen as apostles, but who had not been able to overcome the scandal of the cross. But the knot to dissolve was Peter's total recovery of Christ's love. Peter's heart and pride are engraved by the words of Jesus.
It is impossible to know with what tone Jesus addressed Peter and how silent the dialogue was surrounding. It makes a great impression that when this Gospel is proclaimed in the Church priests or deacons in the way they have proclaimed the Gospel banalize it terribly.
Even though Jesus addressed only Peter, he now turns to each of us. Or make faith a matter of love and fidelity to Jesus Christ or reduce it to a hypocritical faith, masked by beautiful words, with beautiful intentions, but empty of love.
The question "my love you, more than these" can help us to do our daily consciousness examination and to translate into thoughts and words in love with God the actions that characterize our everyday life. We will always find the missing of this love and this will also help transform our love for one another in a response to God's love. Love for the neighbor also needs to be purified by our hypocrisy and selfishness. Good day.
Thursday 1 June 2017
VII week of Easter
Jn 17: 20-26
20 I do not pray only for these, but also for those who will believe in me through their word. 21 For all are one thing; How you, Father, are in me and I in you, are also in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
22 And the glory which thou hast given unto me I have given unto them, that they are one thing, as we are one thing. 23 I in them and you in me, that they may be perfect in unity and the world know that you have sent me and loved them as you loved me.
24 Father, I desire that those whom you have given me also are with me where I am, that they may contemplate my glory, that which thou hast given me; Since you loved me before the creation of the world.
25 Righteous Father, the world has not known you, but I have known you, and they have known that you sent me. 26 And I have made known unto them thy name, and I will make it known; for the love with which thou hast loved me both in them, and I in them.
COMMENT by Tommaso Nuovo
THE PRAYER OF JESUS
It must make us reflect on the fact that Jesus prays. Jesus has always prayed. As a child he was educated by Mary and Joseph to turn to God with hymns and psalms. Jesus has taken the prayer of his people in a total way, placing it not only on the lips or in the mind, but in his heart, in his soul. But his prayer is different from ours because he prays to his Father, directly to Him. We also pray God as Father, but we are not in the Father as He is in the Father. It is for us that Jesus prays to the Father, not only for himself, because the dialogue between the Father and the Son is an uninterrupted dialogue of love and thus teaches us to do so too. Addressing the Father also explains to us how we should pray, what we must ask, for the Father's answer is sure and exhaustive.
Jesus prays to the Father because we learn to be united with us and with God, imitating the unity between the Son and the Father, for all are one thing. This unity is first of all faith and love. It does not erase diversity, but it combines opposites. This unity is not just one to be together, but a walk together to the Father's house, sharing the same faith, hope and charity. In this path, one is to race to those who love God and the neighbor more. This is the Christian life, which we too must ask the Father: unity with God and with his brothers
Here is the prayer of the Son and also our prayer. The world that does not believe can come to faith by God's grace or through the faith of believers. God prefers this second way to fill us with graces, spiritual gifts, and divine operations. This requires the Church's doctrine and magisterium to be defined clearly and without hesitation. They are not an opinion: "Your talk is yes, yes, no, no!" The more comes from the evil (Mt 5,37) Doctrine and Magisterium are the essence of pastoral care, without them everything is transformed into a Deception and illusion of people. Good day