VIAGGIO SPIRITUALE: di Tommaso Novo

Friday, May 26, 2017

Week 6 of Easter

Jn 16: 20-23

 

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye shall cry and ye shall drink, but the world shall rejoice. You will be in sadness, but your sadness will change into joy.

21 The woman, when she gives birth, is in pain, for her hour is come; But when he gave birth to the child, he no longer remembers suffering, for the joy that a man came into the world. 22 So also you, now, are in pain; But I will see you again and your heart will rejoice and no one will take away your joy. 23 That day you will not ask me anything.

Verily, verily I say unto you, If ye ask anything in the Father in my name, he will give it to you.

 

COMMENT by Tommaso Nuovo

The universal presence of Christ in history

 

Christ's departure from the earth, his ascension to heaven, his physical absence, is for the world a reason for joy. The devil, the prince of this world (cf. Jn 12:31), could not bear in his territory the presence of the King of the universe. This absence of Jesus is only provisional. It will, on the other hand, be a source of joy for the disciples, for the presence of Jesus will be even more universal after it has been local with the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit will put faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and will manifest it through his disciples.

 

 Jesus uses a special example to indicate the way in which this passage to faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God will occur: through suffering, as in a woman's birth. As in a birth a new creature is born, so through the rebirth from above, by the Spirit, man becomes a new creature. The revelation of Jesus as Son of God also leads men to recognize Him as the Son of God.

 

Our birth as God's children, works before God the Father who acts in the Son through the Holy Spirit is painful. Sin covered our human nature of death. Only by dying of sin becomes a new creature.

 

That is why for a Christian the death of Jesus has given us life. Bringing on us our cross, we die to sin, and we are born again in the Holy Spirit.

Death to sin is the condition for which even what the believer works for faith becomes the revelation of God's love and not just to show how good and good he is.

 

It is good to recommend to believers that their merciful nature is in the image of the Father, but without constant and punitive death to sin, our act, though good, is shadow to God and not grace for our works.

 

In the world, there are occasions on occasions to praise that or that other person for what he has done for the next. To God, on the other hand, which is the cause of every good, we reserve the crumbs of our praises and small corners of our heart. That is why eternal life will be occupied by a continuous praise of love to God. We still do not realize what he did and does for us.

Good day. tommasonuovo@yahoo.it

 

Wednesday, May 25, 2017

You week of Easter

Jn 16,12-15

 

12 Many things I still have to tell you, but for the time being you are not able to bear the weight. 13 When he, the Spirit of truth, will guide you to all the truth, for he will not speak of himself, but will say all that he will hear and announce future things. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take from what is mine and will announce it to you.15 All that the Father has is mine; That's why I said that it will take from what is mine and will announce it to you.

 

COMMENT by Tommaso Nuovo

The gift of the Spirit of Truth

 

With these words Jesus announces that he will continue to teach his disciples and to be "the Master" for them as well as the Lord. It will be the coming of the Holy Spirit to make Jesus ever known as a Master. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. So truth will be known not for human logic or reasoning but for inspiration of the Spirit.

 

 Truth for a Faithful is all that Jesus said and did, present in the Gospels and Apostolic Testimonies (Acts of the Apostles, Letters, and Apocalypse), as they are composed under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. That is why the Church's approach to the writings of the New Testament must first be of faith and then of critical history, but only as a service to faith and not a service to science. Every word of the Gospel is carriers of the Holy Spirit and of Truth.

 

In the Word of God nothing is left to fall, as a secondary word, ancillary or of little importance. You have to pray the Word of God and not just read it or comment on it. The same inspiration as the one who put it in writing (Sacred Writers) must also be present in those who welcome it (hearers). Everything must happen in and with the Holy Spirit. The task of the Holy Spirit is to make the Father and the Son known to the world through believers' faith, because everyone can come to Truth, God, the world, the Church, and on themselves.

 

In this sense, the Virgin Mary is the first collaborator of Jesus because she is full of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, makes things known to man, remembers the will of God and how to do it through prayer, penance, Offering themselves. All the apparitions or visits of the Blessed Virgin Mary are a service to the Truth.

 

As believers we must always verify how much faith we have in welcoming the Word of God, how much Spirit we have to put it into practice. The kind of welcome that we have of the Word of God depends on its realization and our sanctification and that of the world. St. Francis with his famous motto: "Gospel, sine glossa" is a great example. Good day.

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Monday 15 May 2017

Week Easter week

Jn 14: 21-26

 

21 He who receives my commandments and observes them, this is he who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father and I will love him and I will manifest to him. "

22 Judas, not Iscariot, said to him, "Lord, how has it that you must manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?" 23 Jesus answered him, "If any one loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and we will dwell with him. 24 He who does not love me does not look at my words; And the word that you hear is not mine, but of the Father who sent me.

25 I have told you these things while I am still with you. 26 But the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit which the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of all that I have told you.

 

COMMENT by Tommaso Nuovo.

Faith in God: a question of love:

 

Faith in Jesus is a matter of love. When we think of love right away, we turn to the feeling that a person feels about another person. This is just a part of love. The love of man starts from the heart passes, for the mind to come to the will. Jesus does not need our love, but we need his love. When we accept her love it makes her happy, because we have welcomed what makes us happy here, now and then forever.

 

Christ's love makes us happy, passes through his word, which receives from heart and reason becomes action. This love joins us more and more with God and places us in the vortex of love which is the Most Holy Trinity: "He that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and manifest myself unto him." The manifestation of God's being, as Jesus says, is to take God's dwelling place in us. This happens in a real, even physical way: God occupies the heart, the mind is life, all the saints show it to us.

 

 But there is a condition we are struggling to accept: God begins to live in us when we begin to die in Him. Our will, mind, and heart always try to adapt to ourselves, to our measure what we want to possess , To love. This fails with God. Whenever he loves he loves everything himself, in the measure of his heart and not in the measure of our heart. That is why we need to die for ourselves, to welcome a love that has no measure. Instead, our Christian life instead of exalting God's love is mortifying, we are always seeking to satisfy our heart and remain always disappointed and empty.

 

In the word that Christ addresses to us, is the presence of the Holy Spirit. It is the educator of our heart, of our desire, of our will. By listening carefully and lovingly to the Lord's words, to us personally, they dig out the tough stone that many times is put on our heart and opens us to the love of God and neighbor. We learn to see the hardness of our heart and to see Christ's heart. Being close to his heart, that is, loving him we will really feel that our heart of ice melts in water, to become a source of love, that irrigates our land, arid, desertless without water.

Good day. tommasonuovo@yahoo.it

Saturday, May 13, 2017

IV week of Easter

Jn 14: 7-14

 

7 If you have known me, you will also know my Father: since now you know him and have seen him. "

Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us." 9 Jesus answered him, "I have been with you long ago, and you have not known me, Philip? Whoever saw me saw the Father. How can you say, "Show us the Father"? Do not you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I tell you I do not tell you about myself; But the Father, who remains in me, performs his works. 11 Believe me: I am in the Father and the Father is in me. If nothing else, believe it for the works themselves.

12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth in me, he also shall do the works which I do, and shall do them greater than these, because I go to the Father. 13 And whatever you shall ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

 

COMMENT by Tommaso Nuovo

Jesus reveals to us who God is.

 

Jesus Christ is He who reveals who God is. All religions other than Christianity leave God in the mystery, or cover him with myths. In fact, they are all man's religions: they start from man to come to God, but facts remain firm on the images that the man of God does, do not go beyond man.

 

Only Christianity is the religion of God, because in Jesus Christ is God himself who becomes acquainted and speaks to man by entering into a dialogue with him. The test is first of all in his glorious resurrection from the dead and then in the way Jesus speaks of himself and of his relationship with God the Father. This mode is not an invention of his disciples but the apostles, but it is what they have seen and heard about Jesus: a relationship between Father and Son announced by the Holy Scriptures but implemented in a totally new way by Jesus. Could have invented this way of relationship between Jesus and God the Father because simply before Jesus no one had ever dared to do such a thing: no one before and after Jesus declared the Son of God.

 

It took time for the apostles to put together all they had collected from Jesus, but helped by the Holy Ghost, they transmitted into the Gospels what Jesus had revealed about himself and about the Father and the Spirit

 

Jesus not only revealed the Father to us, but he also indicated Himself as the Way He leads to the Father. That is why all our prayer must be done in Jesus Christ, through Him we go to the Father of all graces. This also applies to the Mother of God the Blessed Virgin Mary, praying to her that we come to the Son and from the Son to the Father.

 

It is not a play of words, but the way in which every man can come safely and quickly to God. Whoever does not deal with the problem of God and his knowledge has only two possibilities or removes it from himself and his life or denies him Simply declaring that it does not exist. But the problem of God remains the same. Good day. tommasonuovo@yahoo.it

Friday, May 12, 2017

IV week of Easter

Jn 14: 1-6

 

 

1 Do not disturb your heart. Have faith in God and have faith also in me. 2 In the house of my Father there are many dwellings. If not, would I ever say, 'I'm going to prepare you for a place'? 3 When I'm gone and I've prepared a place for you, I'll come back and take you with me, because where I am you too. 4 And from the place where I go, you know the way.

5 Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going; How can we know the way? " 6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

 

COMMENT by Tommaso Nuovo

I am the Truth

 

Jesus Christ has done everything for us and for our eternal destiny. He has made us known to God the Father and his will. He died and risen to give us life. Jesus not only revealed our eternal destiny, but he is accompanying us to Him, becoming Himself the Way leading to life, so He Himself is Life.

 

But between the Way and the Life, Jesus, answering Thomas, who says he does not know where the Lord is and what life he is, he also puts the word truth: I am the Way, I am the Truth, I am Life. Jesus does not claim to have the Truth, but to be the Truth.

 

He is the place where man knows God and knows himself, where he has to stand to learn and to know above all the love that God has for each of us. Thus knowledge of truth proceeds from the love of God. He does not offer us cool ideas, rational demonstrations, exact calculations, or scientific proofs but reveals through Jesus his plan of salvation and constantly warns us for not losing our lives. We know from Divine Revelation many things about man, which science can only imagine.

God created us has imprinted in us his image and therefore the Truth itself written in our nature and reveals the drama of sin, which has disrupted the image of God in us.

 

 Continuing to look at God and refer to Him helps us to move from disorder to original order, to a good life, in the image of Jesus, open to God and open to his brothers. That's why it's so important to never miss Jesus and those who make us know and love him, first of all his Mother, the Virgin Mary and then the saints.

 

 The Truth that Jesus offers us before being present in man's reasoning is present in man himself, but it is in constant contact with God with prayer, with a life that pleases God. It is just to be with him Jesus who helps us to know the Truth. Those who are not with Jesus and with the Holy Spirit remain closed in their thoughts and reasonings that always tend to evil and disorder. Man can easily change evil for good and good for bad. Of course, the inspiration of his thoughts and the Devil, who is good because no one believes that he exists. There are no two truths on man in any one and that is God who created it. Good day. tommasonuovo@yahoo.it

 

Monday, May 8, 2017

IV week of Easter

Jn 10: 11-18

 

11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. 12 The mercenary - who is not a shepherd, and to whom the sheep do not belong - sees the wolf coming, leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf takes them away and scatters them; 13 because he is a mercenary and does not care of sheep.

14 I am the good shepherd, I know my sheep, and my sheep know me, 15 just as the Father knows me, and I know the Father, and I do my life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep that do not come from this fence: even those I must guide. They will hear my voice and they will become only one shepherd, one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves me: for I will do my life, and then take it again.18 No one takes it from me; I do it for myself. I have the power to give it and the power to resume it again. This is the command I received from my Father. "

 

COMMENT by Tommaso Nuovo

The Good Shepherd's Visibility Today.

 

Jesus is the true guide of humanity. His example, his goodness, his love make the square clean of so many mercenaries that still present themselves as leaders of peoples, but in one way or another take advantage of their position.

 

 Jesus never received any titles or honors, the only title he had for men and the one hanging on the cross. She has never had any money in her favor, dressed in homes, wagons and horses. How He lived He lived so his disciples and apostles lived.

 

As regards clerics (bishops, priests and deacons) over time things have changed in a negative way, they have often clothed themselves with the world and imitated the powerful in the world. But there have always been examples of great humility, simplicity, poverty and holiness of life, priests as well as in the popes. Certainly, negative examples of positive ones are better known. I do not want to list them.

 

What I want to emphasize is the necessity, the urgency, that the shepherds of the Church are the Transparency of the Good Shepherd, who see that it is Jesus who speaks and acts in them.

 

 Clerics often coincide their ministry, that is, their service, with their people, who while doing good, while doing good things, do not mortify that part of them that shadows to Jesus Christ. A cleric must know what in him shadows to Christ. Does he start his conversion work?

 

 A clergyman must be clothed with humility, having a profound spiritual life of union with Jesus, in order to imitate him, to love a life chaste, simple, poor in goods and things. The heart of a cleric must be like that of Jesus: everything turned to God and all turned to man. A cleric must perceive his life as a gift to be donated: to offer it first and foremost to Christ and then to his brothers, consuming for the salvation of souls. The life of a cleric must therefore be holy.

 

The Church shines on the sanctity of her children, but just so little to make her light dull. It struggles to work for the sanctification of themselves and of the people, but it is a fatigue that pays well now and in eternity. We must do our best to make the person of Jesus emerge from our people, only in this way will we help the world to return to God. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, is always alone in leading humanity and offering life for the sheep. The chief task of pastors today and to sanctify life, allow Jesus to act without hindering his presence. Good day.

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Lunedì 1 maggio 2017

Memoria di san Giuseppe lavoratore

Mt 13, 54-58

 

54 Venuto nella sua patria, insegnava nella loro sinagoga e la gente rimaneva stupita e diceva: «Da dove gli vengono questa sapienza e i prodigi?55 Non è costui il figlio del falegname? E sua madre, non si chiama Maria? E i suoi fratelli, Giacomo, Giuseppe, Simone e Giuda? 56 E le sue sorelle, non stanno tutte da noi? Da dove gli vengono allora tutte queste cose?». 57 Ed era per loro motivo di scandalo. Ma Gesù disse loro: «Un profeta non è disprezzato se non nella sua patria e in casa sua». 58 E lì, a causa della loro incredulità, non fece molti prodigi.

 

COMMENTO di Tommaso Nuovo

Ed era per loro motivo di scandalo.

 

La vita umana del figlio di Dio non è stata diversa dalla nostra. Gesù teneva ben celata la sua natura divina, soprattutto a Nazareth, per permettere alla sua persona di arrivare ad una maturazione umana completa. La natura divina del Figlio di Dio infatti esigeva una natura umana completa, per poter esercitare la missione che Dio Padre gli aveva affidato.

 

La sua natura divina però non è separabile da quella umana perchè il Figlio di Dio l'ha assunta non in modo fittizio ma reale, attraverso la nascita dalla Vergine Maria. La natura divina, nella sua pienezza e completezza, è presente in modo totale fin dai primi instanti del suo concepimento, per opera dello Spirito Santo. Questa natura non aveva bisogno di maturare, mentre la natura umana seguiva il percorso dell'uomo. In questo percorso Dio Padre ha collocato San Giuseppe, Gesù è chiamato così il Figlio del carpentiere. Giuseppe con la sua personalità di uomo di Dio, giusto, casto, dedito al lavoro, alla famiglia e a Dio ha aiutato la maturazione della natura umana di Gesù. Non si è sostituito al lavoro che il Padre stava facendo in Lui, ma ha dato il suo umile contributo. Così il Figlio di Dio ha assunto e trasfigurato in Lui quelle virtù che in modo normale un padre deve avere. Voglio sottolineare due di queste virtù che ha preso da san Giuseppe: la castità e la religiosità. La castità l'ha appresa guardando il rapporto che c'era tra Giuseppe e Maria, fatto di rispetto, di amore vero, dedizione reciproca, di affetto non affettato. Giuseppe sapeva benissimo che Gesù e Maria li aveva affidati Dio stesso.

 

Gesù sapeva perfettamente quale sarebbe stata la sua missione e quali comportamenti avrebbe implicato verso le donne. Perciò la virtù della castità che apprese in casa, era in vista della sua missione pubblica di messia. Gesù doveva radunare uomini e donne per renderli suoi discepoli e certamente un suo esempio casto avrebbe aiutato il gruppo ad evitare ammiccamenti, innamoramenti, cadute in pratiche sessuali sempre possibili tra uomini e donne.

 

Gesù inoltre è stato educato alla religione giudaica da Giuseppe. Egli portava il bambino Gesù alla sinagoga, ad ascoltare la parola di Dio, a proclamarla, a vivere come vero Giudeo. Infatti la sua missione non implicava la nascita di una nuova religione, ma compiere le promesse che Dio aveva fatto ai padri, come poi annuncia nel discorso nella sinagoga di Nazareth.

 

In tutto e per tutto Gesù si comportava da vero giudeo, ma la sua missione non era quella di rinnovare il giudaismo, ma di portarlo a compimento nella sua persona, come afferma alla Samaritana incontrata al pozzo 21Gesù le dice: «Credimi, donna, viene l’ora in cui né su questo monte né a Gerusalemme adorerete il Padre. 22 Voi adorate ciò che non conoscete, noi adoriamo ciò che conosciamo, perché la salvezza viene dai Giudei. 23 Ma viene l’ora – ed è questa – in cui i veri adoratori adoreranno il Padre in spirito e verità: così infatti il Padre vuole che siano quelli che lo adorano. ( Gv 4,21-23). di Sichar:

 

Si potrebbe dire che l'opera educativa di san Giuseppe ha inciso fortemente su Gesù e sulla sua natura umana, in vista della sua manifestazione come Figlio di Dio. Lo scandalo a Nazareth è avvenuto per questo motivo. Gesù, il figlio del carpentiere ha manifestato con le parole e le opere di essere il Figlio di Dio e questo non andava bene ai suoi concittadini, come ha molti di oggi che n riconoscono Gesù come il Figlio di Dio. Buona giornata.

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