Comment at the Gospel to day: april 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015

Fourth Week of Easter

 Jn 10: 1-10

1 "Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, is a thief and a brigante.2 who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 And when he pushed forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him, for they know not the voice of strangers. " 6 Jesus told them this parable, but they understood not what he spoke to them.

7 Then Jesus said to them again, "Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers; but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved; will come in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.


The Lord is my Shepherd.

Who is leading the world? The world seems to be in the hands of dark forces that sow death and misery everywhere. Even those who think they are safe from the blind violence, then suddenly finds himself involved in things I never would have imagined. So slowly mature judgment that the world is not guided by God. But it is not so. Everything that is done wrong, takes place against God and his creation, through the work of the forces of hell, who continue to rebel against God and continually incite man to rebel against God.

Man is not a puppet, but a free and thinking, but that alone, without its creator is at risk of listening to the call to evil, that always resonates within him for the wound of original sin.

That's why the man needs to be extremely driven, as a shepherd leads his sheep. As a pastor who knows them one by one to his sheep. In this simple metaphor of the Shepherd Jesus tells us how to recognize the good shepherd, when he assumes the guise of man, a priest, a bishop, a spiritual leader of the Church One can recognize that this is the Good Shepherd because it comes from door, that does not do anything without first passing by Jesus, before deciding anything, before you do, before you speak, and then having decided, after talking.

The Church in recent years has given a democratic structure, involving the laity in the organization, management and implementation of the pastoral life, liturgical and spiritual. This is because each one, according to the received and the gift of God, to make available all of the manifold grace that God has sown in

all hearts, but the first and last reference is always Jesus Christ.

Then that Jesus Christ is present or not in secular man or woman, in an organism of communion, in a meeting or board of lay people or priests, or bishops, depends not only by Jesus Christ, but by faith that a person has toward him. So the sheep recognize the shepherds in Christ and follow his voice in them.


Because the action of the ministry is not as effective as it should be? Because in the voice and in the Word of the pastor does not recognize the Good Shepherd: He who is the door of the sheep, the One who guides them to the pastures of eternal life. He who by their life.

 That's why the link between the pastors and the Good Shepherd is an essential link, if not the pastor becomes himself the wolf from which it should defend the sheep of the flock. When a pastor becomes a wolf even for one sheep is to be feared more than the wolf itself.

The secret is to avoid anything in the spiritual life of the pastor, in his close relationship with the Good Shepherd, and with those who represent him on earth. Even more for them, the Pope and bishops the spiritual life and the first great struggles of everyday life. Everything else is just a faithfully execute the orders they have received, and listen to the inspirations that God has given them. Care to give the servants their subordinates because of the service the food ration at the appropriate time, that is the word that guides, comforts enlightens and strengthens the faith of the faithful. Have a good day.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Third Week of Easter

Jn 6.44 to 51

44 No man can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise him on the last giorno.45 is written in the prophets, And they shall all be taught by God. Anyone who has listened to the Father and learns from him comes to me. 46 Not that anyone has seen the Father; only one who is from God has seen the Father.

47 Verily, verily, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.

48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead; 50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world. "


The cristofori today

It is written: "They shall all be taught by God." Everything about the knowledge of God and his offer of salvation comes through knowledge and the encounter with Jesus Christ. The Father himself, God directs men to her Son Jesus. Our relationship with him, with his person is our daily bread.

 There is a bread for the body and bread for the Spirit and there is a bread that nourishes the spirit and body and makes them live. This bread is the person of Jesus. We do not realize how vital our relationship with Him, how necessary it is His Love, His Word for us, his gaze on us.

But his look, his words, his love go through those who feed on Him. Those who receive Jesus in His body becomes in turn Jesus to the other and takes him to another, or do not take it, even if makes gestures beautiful and makes important speeches.

That's why the devil we still groped with impure sins, to desecrate our bodies and our souls, to ensure that they can not be instruments through which Jesus of manifests and is brought to another.

 Christians were once called "Cristofori" bearers of Christ. In Antioch the disciples of Christ were called Christians then, (Acts 11:26). for the first time, but today has failed our duty to be with Jesus and to take it in us and on us. Jesus made his entry into Jerusalem led by a donkey, Jesus enters today in our society in our world if it takes him a Christian. But how many are willing to take Jesus today? .Good Day.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Third Week of Easter

Jn 6.35 to 40

35Gesù answered them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst! 36Vi I said to you that you have seen me, and yet not credete.37Tutto that the Father gives me will come to me: he that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out, 38perché have come down from heaven not to do my will, but the will of him that sent me. 39And this is the will of him that sent me: that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up in the last giorno.40Questa is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. "


Our eternal destiny

Knowing what the will of God the Father in relation to the fate of all men, and know for sure is a wonderful thing. God can neither deceive nor be deceived. If this is the will of God, you can be sure that will do anything to save us and rescue us from the hand of the evil and death.

The desire to save is linked, however, to our adherence to faith in Jesus Christ, because concrete is the way we need to do in this life, to know with whom you have to walk and with whom you have to be.

The problem is also ours, because it is a fact which we do not do everything to save us, in fact it seems that we do everything to damn us. There are people and even Christians who ironically hell.

For those who do not believe, because they are grown without someone announce the faith in Jesus Christ, certainly the responsibility is smaller and the final judgment will be worth the good that they put in place through the use of their reason. But for the

believers who have lost faith or have not lived in faith things will get worse.

We must take seriously the fact that this is the only life we ​​have, the only opportunity to decide our eternal fate

Every day we have to decide for eternal life and escape what is evil (Rom 12.9).

I am shocked on hearing how superficiality today takes his life to people, stealing, and violent and do not you think that every act we do better or worse, has eternal consequences. Hell there is for those who believe as for those who do not believe. Who does not believe there should be the same even if you did not believe it, even though he did not know it was there. I'm so silly posts of those who say having exterminated the family: now we will always be together. O idiot you'll be tormented in hell forever, while your loved ones will be in paradise.

 What ignorance is our eternal destiny, and how little we are informed about the eternal consequences of our actions. That come to our aid the Holy Spirit.

Have a good day.

Monday, April 20,       2015

Third Week of Easter

Jn 6.22 to 29

22 The next day, the crowd that remained across the sea saw that there was only one boat and that Jesus had not entered with his disciples into the boat, but his disciples had left soli.23 Other boats were came from Tiberias, near the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 When the people saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they got into those boats and crossed to Capernaum looking for Gesù.25 They found him across the sea and said, "Rabbi, when did you come here? ".

26 Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you had all the bread you saziati.27 Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has set his seal." 28 they said to him: "What must we do to accomplish the works of God?". 29 Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent."


The hunger for God

That desperate search of Jesus. Before seeking him on the spot where he had multiplied the loaves and fishes, then take the boat and head up to Capernaum and end all breathless I found beyond the sea and do not know what to tell him, tell him a mere protocol to mask the real reason why seek him. Jesus touches put on the plate the truth, "Jesus answered them," Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. (Jn 6 26). From here the great teaching of Jesus: "Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you" (Jn 6:27).

Instead of us as we care for this food, so that even the pope wishes us good appetite. All television channels talk about cooking and recipes, and between a recipe and the other always bring out something that refers to sex and lust: the vice of gluttony is always connected to the vice of lust.

Jesus warns us that there is this food that nourishes for eternal life, but it is useless for him to the Lord of attorney, if we have not hungry or at least the desire to taste it.

 And what should we do to procure it? It should take action twofold: first of all turn off and then turn on earthly hunger hunger heavenly, the hunger for God. The hunger of the earth like that of the sky have in fact both the food that feeds them.

 Lower the hunger of the earth that is mainly for those who make a good breakfast and eat twice a day, not counting drinks, snacks and coffee. Especially for priests, who should be experienced instead of fasting and not a week goes by that they are at the restaurant.

The poor instead appreciate even little food that is offered. Those who have it in abundance rather than wasting the improbable is spoken in Italy: 10-20 million tons of food thrown in a year in the trash, because expired or stored improperly or only for poor eating habits (source: Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition).

Of course we must not only take away from our people, but we need to put in the spirit of what feeds our faith. This is to do the work that God asks of us, that is to believe in Jesus Christ, who was sent by the Father to give men access to the Divine Life.

All that feeds the hunger for God is good and does not hurt. There are ever likely to make indigestion of God, because what we put inside us does not go into the stomach, it sets in motion the chemical processes of digestion, but it should be in our spirit passing by our mind and our heart.

How many times have we had indigestion or sick because of the food of the earth. How many times have we sick because we talked too much to the body of Christ? Or we prayed too, or have participated in too many Masses? Or we did too many hours of adoration, too many visits to church; or we came osteoarthritis because we made too many signs of the cross? I think not. Although a good saint and also a good sick, take care of the things of God gives us so much spiritual and even physical health.

What should we do then? Let's take a measure to starvation of the earth, we increase the hunger of the spirit increasing hunger for God. As the saying goes the appetite comes with eating. Do not expect to get sick to put on a diet. Have a good day.

Apse of the abbey of Pontevico (Brescia, Italy)
Apse of the abbey of Pontevico (Brescia, Italy)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

III Easter

Lk 24.35 to 48

35 And they recounted what had happened on the road and how he was known in the breaking of the bread.

36 While they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." 37 Shocked and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 But he said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold my hands and my feet, that's me! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see I have "40 By saying this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 But as for the joy did not believe and still were amazed and said, "Have you anything here to eat?". 42 gave him a piece of broiled fish; 43 And he took it and ate it before them.

44 Then he said: "These are the words that I said to you when I was still with you, that must be fulfilled all the things written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms." 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46 and said to them, "Thus it is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead the third day, 47 and in his name should be preached to all nations that repentance and forgiveness of sins, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses.


Meet with the Risen Jesus

It 'very important in this time of Easter we want the encounter with the Risen Jesus: to meet Jesus, but not to see him. His appearances in the first hour were necessary to recover the faith and knowledge of Jesus those men and women who had known him before his passion and death, to constitute them his witnesses. Therefore it was necessary to appear that way, in his physicality risen.

But Jesus is risen for us, because we can meet and we can rejoice and believe in his word and in his salvation.

So, again, want to meet Jesus is essential in this Easter season, to learn to live with the Risen.

Where do we meet? Where do you meet Jesus? Yes, because it is he who he may be found, and choose and the place and time of the meeting.

The places I chose are our churches, where we celebrate the Holy Eucharist, they recognized him in the breaking of bread ... (Luke 24:35); where it meets the people of God and where it participates in the mystery of his passion, death and resurrection, which is proclaimed and heard his word.

 Churches are places of faith and every attitude must be of faith, when we celebrate the Eucharist, who presides, the faithful participating, who proclaims the Word of God, those who serve at the altar, who goes to collect the offerings of the faithful Who sings is playing the organ or guitar.

Jesus is found, we instead we find that we do: go to church or not, or whether we are in the church have the mind or the heart elsewhere. When we go to church we must remember to bring our faith, because we risk not transmit our faith, with our human attitudes not sufficiently evangelized, converted.

After we have accepted Jesus in us with the Holy Eucharist and the Word, what do we do with him, where we put it. It's almost as soon as we leave the church Christ vanish like mist in the sun. We must remember that we carry with us and therefore we meet in people who have communicated with us at the same bread, the same cup, the same Word.

But there are other ways in which Jesus brings together: in our families, in the poor, the suffering, the elderly or the sick, the imprisoned, the needy. This is not a way to say but a reality. I've yet to do 'alms to some people, especially foreigners, who then disappears and can not see it anymore. It was Jesus who was begging to my heart and if I was hard-hearted, what pain I caused.

He does find, we find ourselves from Him.

Good Sunday.

Amédée Varin, Le Christ marchant sur la me
Amédée Varin, Le Christ marchant sur la me

Saturday,    April 18, 2015

Easter time: II week

Jn 6.16 to 21

16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into the boat and headed to the other side of the sea toward Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet reached them; 18 the sea was rough, because a strong wind blowing. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were afraid. 20 But he said to them, "It is I, be not afraid." 21 Then took him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land whither they went.


One evening, on the Sea of ​​Galilee

Let's see how we can place within us in contact with our soul with our lives, a fact that does not seem to concern us directly, but which in truth is the living representation of our time.

 We have to take the fact, every single word that describes it and place it in the wider horizon of human life and at the same time we see each other personally involved, in the first person: body and soul.

As for Jesus, there is no need for abstraction or transformation into a symbol, because He is always the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13.8).

When it was evening. It 'strange that at the end of the day Jesus separates the disciples, send them along without him, in a rough sea, where a strong wind blows.

 The fact is this, and placing it on the horizon of human experience known that we live forever, even during the day, the spiritual atmosphere of the evening, where light and darkness meet in the twilight that is a prelude of the night. The man does not see clearly what is happening around him, his day stretches of shadows and ghosts and the story is always like a rough sea that man crosses both alone and is sharing his experience with others.

They got into the boat and headed to the other side of the sea toward Capernaum. That boat is the medium that enables him to cross the sea, do not swim alone, but together as a family, as a human community, as a Church. We take the boat as a symbol of the Church and the human community and the crossing as a symbol of life of its course over time, and the sea is this land buffeted by so many waves of violence

When they had rowed about three or four miles. Only after struggling Christ comes to meet them. As God observes our crossed and fatigue that characterizes it. Leaves us to row a little but then reaches us. This scene we observe it carefully. Before leaving the disciples did not bother the Lord, they left without him, perhaps Jesus told him to go ahead that would follow them, but in truth he was watching them, was attentive to their every move, their every word, their effort, from the beginning of the crossing. Jesus is also attentive to our crossed, our effort, our effort.

They saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat and they were afraid. Strangely, they were not afraid of the sea, but Jesus, walking on the sea and coming toward them. Many times God approaches us with facts and words that we do not understand and make us afraid of God and of His punishment. God is not foreign to our history, and walk on our history without being overwhelmed.

But he said to them, "It is I, do not be afraid!"That's his word that is pronounced when it is still on the sea and through it. This is the word of God that Jesus speaks through all the words of the faith of the Church. "It's me". Only Christ is Lord, sea, land and sky are the carpet on which walking and coming toward us, to reassure us: I am, I'm here. Do not be afraid. There are too many things that make us afraid of one thing we must not be afraid of nothing: God, his Son, Jesus, who gives us his Spirit.

Then they wanted to take it on the boat... Jesus does not rise with the force on the boat man. I wanted to get on the boat. You !, because without him the cross the sea to go to the other side is a very dangerous adventure. The Sea of ​​Galilee is a small body of fresh water. Very different are the seas of life, very well salty and full of sharks and monsters. How nice and peaceful when you know that Jesus is with you. Says the Imitation of Christ: "To be without Jesus an unbearable inferno.Essere with Jesus is a sweet paradise" (Imit. Of Christ: Book II cap.VIII, No. 2)

And immediately the boat was at the land whither they wentWhich the shore towards which we are headed? As we welcome Jesus on our boat: as a guest of passage, to which we do not give importance or as the man who took over the government of the boat and the guide to the safe harbor? He will leave the helm if you have in mind another shore, another port from the one to which he is directed. If it is the same direction, the same port, to which you and Jesus are headed, then let him command of your boat and you will arrive safely to the desired port. Jesus has lived for some time in Capernaum, but you are called to live forever in paradise.

Good day and good crossed.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Easter time: II week

Jn 3,7

7 Marvel not that I said you must be born from above. 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. "

The 9 Nicodemus replied, "How can this happen?". 10 Jesus answered him, "Are you the teacher of Israel and not know these things? 11 Verily, verily, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify what we have seen; but you do not accept our testimonianza.12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son dell'uomo.14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him have eternal life.



We try to replace us to the person of Nicodemus that goes at night by Jesus. What reasons led him from Him? Maybe see him in person, listen without distraction or prejudices him some questions, or just out of curiosity. Which are the reasons that our would push us from Him.

For the man of today is a very serious problem to go to Jesus and ask him, as it is a very serious problem only listen and place his words in his conscience.

The issue is not due to the fact that no one knows who Jesus is. At least some elements of religion even minimum we've got them, some more, some less. In addition we are surrounded by churches, priests and religious institutions.

The question is essentially in the absence of spiritual life or in its margins, in respect of the rest of life. Certainly there are many exceptions, but I speak of the climate that reigns in society in general and also in the church.

The world we know has his life centered on the matter and on the management of public and private. It should not be so in the Church, which is so pastoral, so much entertainment activities in all areas, so much charity, but fatigue begins persons to a minimum even spiritual life. Certainly there are many exceptions, but this is the climate that reigns in general and that does showcase the Church today.

We know at least what is the spiritual life? The spiritual life is the vital contact of our soul with the Spirit of Christ, which creates a longing for God, as the Psalm 41: "As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God: when shall I come and behold the face of God? (Salm 41.2-3). And 'the spiritual life of a soul that moves the person to live and act according to God, and became an instrument of grace, that is, to love, to God and to men.

That's why Jesus said to Nicodemus that we must be born again, to see the kingdom of God. Certainly this is what he wants to do the Church of Christ but not enough to want it, it is necessary that each of its members lay or clerical engage in this field if you want to bear fruit.

The spiritual life, in addition to being a requirement of the soul and a gift from God that comes or directly to the person, who is endowed by God with a special sensitivity for the things of the Spirit (I speak of the things of the spirit, not those of the vestries ) or comes indirectly through priests, religious and lay people involved in catechesis and evangelization. This second way is more practiced by Jesus, because he loves men and they want his collaborators in the work of salvation. Who among us has not met a priest, a nun, a religious or a lay person who has been an example or even did the Father in spirit?

Today it seems that these figures are absent or marginalized from the life of the Church, especially priests seem to be oriented to act in the ministry without a deep spiritual life who devote most of their time. Certainly always with some exceptions, but they are as rare these exceptions.

So the man of today who still feels he has a soul, even if materialized, will appeal to the Eastern religions (Hinduism and Buddhism) or seven to feed your spirit, when Christianity has produced and fathers in the spirit for all needs and to suit all tastes. Many times just the example of some humble priest to leave in our hearts the desire for God., The desire for holiness. Let's now look at those priests who are according to God and not according to the tastes of the people who search the priest more man than God. But this is another topic, although very centra with the spiritual life. Have a good day.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Divine Mercy

Jn 20,19-31

19 On the evening of that day, the first of the week, while the doors were locked the place where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." 20 Having said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, so I send you "22 Having said this, he breathed and said to them," Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained. "

24 Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe."

26 A week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you." 27 Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands; Reach out your hand and put it into my side; and be not faithless, but believing. " 28 Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!". 29 Jesus said to him: "Because you have seen me, you have believed; Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. "

30 Jesus, in the presence of his disciples, did many other signs that are not written in this libro.31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in its name.



And that perhaps you do not want to call Mercy?

I desired that arrived on Sunday and now here I am in it with a heart full of joy. Jesus has much desired because men can know and experience His Divine Mercy.

Some might say, "but the world would rather need anything else: peace, conflict resolution, win diseases, poverty, hunger ... Yes, but this is possible only if you personally welcomes his Divine Mercy God, his boundless love for man, which is the real engine for solving many problems.

All problems have as their origin before the human heart. The sin which takes possession of it and makes him do that goes against the man himself. Then like a landslide from sin to sin we arrive at absolute evil: that is, the denial of God's love, the doubt God's love, doubt that God wants the good of man and not behave just as ruthless judge.

This Sunday is the Sunday when Jesus by the Holy Spirit for the forgiveness of sins. Is this not an act of enormous mercy? Think, for the remission of sins does not have to present yourself to the King, but forward to a servant who has the task to fulfill in his name. Is this not an act of mercy formidable? Of course those who absolves should be aware that it does so in the name of Christ, is He That in truth performs.

But today for us to experience how great and his love for us through the Church and the plenary indulgence applicable to themselves, frees us from the punishment we have to suffer because of the sins committed in this life. Vine accelerated our journey towards eternal life If this is not the Divine Mercy, then what is?

Today is also the Sunday when Jesus returns on purpose to Thomas, to win his disbelief and reassemble units in the testimony of apostoli.Pensiamo well what happens: Jesus returns especially for Thomas. Thomas is not going to be Jesus, it is Jesus who is from Thomas. It is not a servant who goes by the King, the King is going from the servo and helps him to believe. Maybe you do not want to call this Divine Mercy?

That's why today our hearts should be filled with joy and thank God, because we believe in his love and that this love is for everyone, even the most evil man on earth, I could very well be too.

Today we do not forget to also thank Sister Faustina, Saint Faustina Kowalska, because he persevered is believed in what the Lord asked him to do. She herself is the first after the Blessed Virgin Mary, who thanked his Divine Mercy.

Good Sunday Divine Mercy and good to all.

Gospel of  the  day:  April 2015

San Pio from Pietralcina
San Pio from Pietralcina

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

within the octave of Easter

Luke 24: 13-33

13 And behold, that very day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about eleven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 While conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them: "What is this conversation that you are doing with you along the way?". He stood still, looking sad; 18 one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, "Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem! You do not know what happened there in these days? ". 19 He asked them, "What?". They answered, 'All about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people; 20 as the chief priests and our leaders handed him over to be sentenced to death and have crocifisso.21 We had hoped that he was the one who would deliver Israel; with everything, now the third day since these things are accadute.22 But some of our women amazed us; have traveled in the morning to the tomb 23 and not having found his body, they came to tell us they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Some of our friends went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but he did not see "25 He said to them," Ye fools and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory? ". 27 And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

28 As they approached the village where they were going, he made as if to go lontano.29 But they urged him, "Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over." He went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at table with them, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him. But he vanished from their sight. 32 And they said to one another: "It was burning within us our heart as he talked to us on the road, when the scriptures to us?". 33 They set out immediately and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered the eleven and those who were with them, such as 34th saying, "The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon!". 35 And they recounted what had happened on the road and how he was known in the breaking of the bread.



The Gospels of these days make a collage of various appearances of the Risen One, which can occur in different places in different people and at the same time, given that Jesus is no longer subject to space - time, which characterizes our size.

The appearance on the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus with two disciples know most of catechesis, but it should be emphasized that for credit as the Risen Jesus had necessarily appeal to the Holy Scriptures, well known to all the disciples, and show those gestures, such as breaking of the bread, which were their families.

But this appearance on the road to Emmaus, on the way, shows us a Jesus who puts the role of a wanderer, the anonymous face, that you do not immediately recognize, but which leads the person to meet him, through word and broken bread.

This is also the figure of the priest, who should have that familiarity with Jesus drawn from the Word of God and the celebration of the Eucharist. With the Word should ignite the hearts and with the Eucharist help who sits at the Table to open their eyes and then disappear to make way for the experience of Christ.

I do not know how many of us every time we sit down to the Holy Table are involved in this dynamic of the Paschal revelation. A revelation that began on the night of Easter Vigil and continues in all the Holy Masses, more explicitly than in the weekly Easter, Sunday.

The problem is very serious, because the trivialization of the Mass is the cause of the decline and abandonment of the faith of many believers.

 Many people come to church at Christmas and Easter, you want to also by tradition, but expect to find what is announced, especially in those who celebrate, who presides in, but do not find it. The priest takes care of everything except for one thing, of Christ. He would also like to worry about, but first comes the outward organization and if there is time, the inner one.

Certainly the priest must take care of everything, but mostly to stay in touch with the mysteries of Christ, through his life, death and resurrection, being in contact with the Risen One, then to transfer to the people, his faith, his experience of Christ.

The priest must remember that his whole person is Sacramento, sign and instrument of God's grace and that delivery to the faithful that he, like the one that does not have Christ. That's why many people leave the Church without having received anything, because the priest had nothing and therefore did not give anything.

As we pray for priests, Christ died and rose again for them, especially as the disciples of Emmaus is accompanied to their life to burn again their hearts and be recognized in the bread each day break on the altar.

Have a great day.


April 7, 2015

within the octave of        Easter

Jn 20.11 to 18

11 But Mary stood outside the tomb, weeping. As she wept, she bent over into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white sitting, the one at the head and one at the feet, where it was placed the body of Jesus. 13 And they said to her, "Woman, why cry. He answered them, "They have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him." 14 Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing; but did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you crying? Whom do you seek? ". She, thinking it was the gardener, said to him: "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him." 16 Jesus said to her, "Mary!". She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabboni!" - Which means "Teacher." 17 Jesus said, "Do not hold me, I have not yet ascended to the Father; but it should be 'to my brothers and tell them,' 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.' " 18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples, "I have seen the Lord!" And what he had said.



Jesus has a plan of action even after his resurrection and the Gospel passage today announces it there. It continues the story of Easter Sunday (Jn 20.1 to 8), which are not only quoted two verses 9 and 10, which help us to understand the state of the faith of the disciples, especially Peter, who had not yet including the scriptures. They return home, oblivious of Mary, who remains weeping outside the tomb.

Maybe if the two disciples had not had such a hurry to leave, they would have seen what then Mary Magdalene saw.

The Risen begins his appearances to those who knew him, loved and lived with him. It does not appear to those who have always harassed and persecuted him to death.

  Jesus aapre for priam time to Mary Magdalene, later called Magdalene, and helps transform his experience of pain into joy, the joy of meeting with him. First, Jesus puts in the tomb two angels, two beings of light, to say that in that place of darkness now shines the light. They are the ones that the questioning, are not ghosts, not the fruit of his imagination. The dialogue is very delicate and prepares the meeting with "his Lord", that appears behind, without that knows, indeed it is Jesus who makes himself known, calling Mary by name, then she recognizes him calling him master.

Mary Magdalene is the first in which Jesus appears and gives her a word, entrusts an advertisement. This will be the style of the Risen when it appears someone. Maria tries to hold him back, what is

sign of the physicality of the apparition: Jesus has a body, it is He that is addressed openly and sends his disciples with a message.

Why Jesus before appearing to the disciples sent them a woman?

 In my opinion we should not find in this fact nothing ideological, Jesus found Mary Magdalene them to the tomb, was Nicodemus, or Joseph of Arimathea, or his mother, or one or more disciples would have appeared to them. So went the story. With regard to the disciples, Jesus wanted to appear all at once because their testimony was unanimous. That's why appear a second time to Thomas, there must be no doubt in the disciples.

The message that Jesus entrusted to Mary is an indication of his membership to the reality of heaven to God himself, who is his Father and therefore is a confirmation of his being Son. The Father is also the Father for us, and is our God, and shows us now is to go where the eyes of faith. No doubt, however, Jesus takes advantage of the presence of Mary Magdalene and sends emerge because of their unbelief, he knows that they will not believe in a woman.

This brings out the real problem of the believers, who must always come to terms with their unbelief. Our faith is not based on the fact that by ourselves we have reached the conviction that Jesus Christ is Lord, God, with our thoughts, but we believe in the witness of the past and the present, and that even then we become witnesses the Risen Christ, not because we have seen it, but because we believed. For the believer, the problem of unbelief is a serious problem, because faith can not accompany you from unbelief, is likely to make the testimony not credible.

Jesus does everything to help us overcome the 'obstacle unbelief. Even though we must do our part, starting to believe in the Word of God and witnesses who saw him risen. Let us ask ourselves what hinders us to believe, and we face the question. No one not even the Pope can give for granted his faith, but must always be purified by the virus of unbelief. Happy Easter to all.

Monday, April 6, 2015

within the octave of Easter

 Mt from 28.8 to 15

8 departed quickly from the sepulcher with fear and great joy, and ran to the announcement to his disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them and said, "Hail!". And they came, the feet and embraced him adorarono.10 Then Jesus said unto them, "Fear not; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me. "

11 While they were going, behold, some of the guards came into the city and announced to the chief priests all that had accaduto.12 They then met with the elders and, after consultation, gave a good sum of money to the soldiers, 13 saying "You say so, 'His disciples came by night and stole him away while we slept." 14 And if it ever came to the ear of the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of concern "15 So they took the money and did as they were instructed. So this story has been reported among the Jews until this day.



Jesus had and has a plan of action even after his resurrection, does not leave anything to chance, but it is organized, because this extraordinary fact is made known in the world, until the end of time.

First of all let tangible signs of the tomb: the tomb stone removed; the empty tomb and the burial sheets (in greek you say shroud), especially the shroud, placed in such a way that they still have the body shape that contained, as if Jesus had slipped out. Otherwise it would explain what he saw John to believe.

John the Evangelist theologian more and at the same time the historical of the four evangelists and his "saw and believed" does not refer to what they said the women, but what he saw inside the tomb.

Therefore we can say that a historical proof of the resurrection there and ranks in the tomb. Faith in the resurrection of Christ is generated right here.

A priest of Tivoli (Rome), Don Antonio Persili, has devoted many years of his life he investigate what John saw, below you can read his book.

Then there are the appearances to witnesses chosen, that is, to those who had followed him from Galilee and known and were eyewitnesses of the facts made by him and his preaching.

Jesus appears to all, especially to the heads of the people, simply because they did not believe him and so even after his resurrection would not have believed it.

Jesus appears to those men and women with his risen body, not as a ghost but as a man whose death can not do anything.

The men of that time have trivially dismissed the resurrection of Jesus prezzolando the guards, but a fact of such magnitude could not remain closed in four walls and has become the heart of the Christian message, the kerygma.

Appears even today Jesus Christ? Certainly, and with continuity, indeed in all ages can be traced testimony of apparitions of the Risen Jesus to many saints, among which deserves mention St. Faustina Kowalska (died in 1937) and narrated in his diary, published by Editrice Vaticana. Jesus appears usually for very specific reasons, especially in view of entrusting a mission or an important task, as Sister Faustina to be the apostle of Divine Mercy.

For us the question is not to see Jesus, to view it is necessary to be especially pure in heart, but to recognize it in people and in places where you meet, not only in those places or people of the institutional church (if they are transparency of Christ ) but Him as the eternal wanderer of Emmaus, lies discreet in our lives through a poor man, a person who challenges us or that is close to us, a fact or a word that direct us to him or what he did or said.

In the words of the prophet Jeremiah we find that Jesus wants to meet us: 8O hope of Israel, its savior in time of trouble, because you want to be like a stranger in the land

and as a traveler who stops just one night? (Jer 17.8).

The Risen Lord wants us to seek him, we have a keen interest to him, we have a communion of life with Him. Jesus likes to be with us. Instead we must learn how it is with God. The Easter season will teach us precisely this: as God is with men, and how men should be with God. Happy Easter to all.

Sunday, April 5, 2015


GV 20, 1-9

1 The first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb of the morning, when it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the sepulcher, and we know not where they have laid him." 3 So Peter went out with the other disciple, and came to the sepolcro.4 ran together and two, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but not entrò.6 cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the tomb and watched the burial cloths there, 7 and the cloth - which had been on his head - not posed there with cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. 8 Then went in also that other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, and he saw and believed. 9 In fact, did not yet understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.


Christ is risen, is truly risen, alleluia!

Maria is not alone while he went this morning to the tomb to pray at the tomb of Christ, here we are. Even we who have a heart full of pain, not only for what they did to Jesus, but also for what we did to Jesus, because of our sins, that in this day we have confessed.

It 'still dark, but light enough to see what we would never have expected: the tombstone has been removed, the tomb is opened.

What does all this mean? Mary does not know it, and so running to Simon Peter, the Church and asks, what happened? Tell Mary, what did you see on the way? The tomb is empty, death could not be taken to jail the author of life has risen and goes before you into Galilee, there you will see him.

 What this incredible, but true. Before the coming of Jesus Christ never spoke of the resurrection from the dead. The coming of Christ on not only did he raise some, as the daughter of Jairus, the synagogue leader of Capernaum, the son of the widow of Nain, and his friend Lazarus, but He rose from the dead lying, not to die yet, but to live forever.

Today it seems that the announcement of this fact does not surprise anyone, even Christians. Why? The only reason is just one of the fact that our faith, which does not draw on our face the surprise, the novelty of the resurrection of Christ.

We must wake up from sleep numbing of the world and we have to rediscover our identity heavenly, we made the most of the sky and land. Death can not take a prisoner of the earth is the one who made the heaven of eternal life.

This is why Christians have a different view of life, we are not only made up of matter and we are not rated to consume and to consume us, but we live with our soul, in the Spirit, and the Spirit, to live forever with God.

The Christian, thanks to the resurrection of Christ has a different view of death, understood not as the destruction of the body, but as a passage to eternal life, a step that is targeted even the mortal body that suffers corruption because it is made of earth, but shall be clothed with eternal life because destined to rise again as Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.

At dil beyond the empty tomb and the appearances of Jesus Christ is the proof of the resurrection in the life and faith of Christians.

 Let's make sure the things of the earth, but always as citizens of heaven, waiting to return to their heavenly home, where Christ, the Son of God, has preceded them.

Christ is risen, is truly risen, Alleluia.

Happy Easter of Resurrection.

Andrea Mantegna: Christ died and three mourners (1480-1490 AC), Milan, Pinacoteca di Brera, from Mantua, Palazzo Ducale
Andrea Mantegna: Christ died and three mourners (1480-1490 AC), Milan, Pinacoteca di Brera, from Mantua, Palazzo Ducale


April 4, 2015

EASTER IN THREE DAYS: saturday saint

From an ancient "Homily on Holy Saturday."

(PG 43, 439. 451. 462-463)

The descent of the Lord

What happened? Today on earth there is great silence, great silence and solitude. Great silence because the King sleeps: the earth trembled and remained silent because God made flesh fell asleep and woke up those who slept for centuries. God died in the flesh and fell to shake the kingdom of hell.

Of course he goes to seek the first father, as the lost sheep. He wants to visit those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death. God and his Son gone to free from sorrow Adam and Eve who are in prison.

The Lord came to them bringing the victorious arms of the cross. As soon as Adam, the progenitor, saw him, beating their breasts in wonder, shouted to everyone and said, "Let all my Lord." And Christ in reply says to Adam: "And with your spirit." And he took him by the hand, shook it, saying, "Wake up, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.

I am your God, who for your sake have become your son; that for you and for them, that you have originated, now speak and command with those who were in prison: Leave! To those who were in darkness: Have light To those who had died: Risorgete! A command you: Awake, you who sleep! In fact I did not create you to be a prisoner in hell. Rise from the dead. I am the life of the dead. Rise up, work of my hands! Arise my effigy, made in my image! Rise up, get out of here! You in me and I in you we are one undivided nature.

For you I, your God, I got your son. For you, I the LORD have on your form of a servant. For you, I who am above the heavens came on earth and under the earth. For you man I shared human weakness, but then I became free among the dead. For you, that you came from the garden of Eden, I was betrayed in a garden and handed over to the Jews, and I was put in a garden on the cross. Look on my face the spittle I received for you, to be able to return to that first breath of life. Look on my cheeks slaps, born to redo my image your lost beauty.

Look on my back flogging suffered to free your shoulders from the weight of your sins. See my hands nailed to the tree for you, that once you were badly stretched out your hand to the tree. I died on the cross and a sword pierced my side for you who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve from your side. My side healed the pain of your side. My sleep will free you from the sleep of hell. My sword has checked the spear that had turned against you.

Arise, get away from here. The enemy brought you out from the land of paradise. Yet I will not get back more in that garden, but on the throne of heaven. I denied you the tree symbolic of life, but I, who am the life, you can tell what they are. I placed the cherubim that guard you as slaves. Now I make the cherubim worship you almost like God, even if you're not God.

The heavenly throne is ready, ready and orders are the carriers, the room is set up, the table laid, the eternal abode is decked, open the chests. In other words, it is prepared for you from eternal ages the kingdom of heaven. "

Friday, April 3, 2015


Jn 18.1 to 19.42 Passion According to St. John



The Passion of Jesus is not only the tragedy of a man, Jesus Christ, but it is the universal drama of God revealed in Jesus Christ's love for man.

Discover how St. Paul, that Jesus "loved me you gave himself for me" (Gal 2:20) is the result of a true Lent lived not only to improve our lives, but also our knowledge of God .

You can not know God without knowing his love. But to know his love must become intimate of Jesus, hear the beating of his heart and take upon us his mercy.

   Here's the truest and most practical of Lent which ended: mercy. To understand what we were intimate with the Lord must measure how much compassion we have received from Him and how much we have we also distributed. Jesus gives his intimacy in hard or hardened hearts, but hearts that love and who are willing to follow him

Tonight, if we participate in the liturgy of Good Friday, because today is a day without the Eucharist, we try to put ourselves in listening to the heart of Jesus and hear what beats for us.

Good Friday

Thursday April 2, 2015


Chrism Mass

Luke 4,16-21

16 He came to Nazareth, where he grew up, and according to his custom, on Saturday, entered the synagogue and stood up to read. 17 He was given the scroll of the prophet Isaiah; opened the scroll and found the place where it was written:

18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me;

because he has anointed

and sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor,

to proclaim release to the captives

and sight to the blind;

to set at liberty those who are oppressed,

19 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.

20 rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. In the synagogue, all eyes were fixed on him. 21 He said to them, "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."



John 13: 1-15

1 Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to fine.2 During supper, when the devil had already put in the heart of Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray him, 3 Jesus knew that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and to God, 4 rose from supper, laid aside his garments, took a towel and if and girded life.5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said, "Lord, do you wash my feet?". 7 Jesus answered, "What I am doing you do not understand now; later you will understand. " 8 Peter said to him: "You do not wash my feet forever." Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me." 9 Simon Peter said, "Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head." 10 Jesus said, "Whoever has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet and it's all pure; and ye are clean, but not all. " 11 For he knew who should betray him; why he said: "Not all of you are clean."

12 When he had washed their feet, taken His garments, sat down again and said to them, "Do you understand what I have done for you? 13 Ye call me Master and Lord, and you say well, for so sono.14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet to you, you also ought to wash the feet of one another. 15 I have given you an example, in fact, that you also should do as I have done to you.



Here Easter in three days: Thursday, Friday and Holy Saturday. The Church lives in these three days, in the Holy Liturgy, the mystery of the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is best showcased in the solemn vigil of Holy Saturday.

 To enter full at Easter we go through these tragic events and at the same time wonderful, looking not so much the historical fact, but the ability to stay close to the person of Jesus, near his heart, as he did at the Last Supper John reclining the head on the chest of Jesus (cfr. Jn 13:25).

Holy Thursday begins with the solemn liturgy of the Chrism Mass. Each bishop with all the priests of the diocese (the presbytery) are found in the Cathedral Church. Here are blessed holy oils (oil of catechumens for baptism, sacred chrism for confirmation and priestly anointing oil, and for the anointing of the sick and priests renew the promises made on the day of their priestly ordination. The Holy Thursday is celebrates not so much the institution of the priesthood, but his communication ToTo Church proclaims as the Preface of the Mass of the Chrism: "He communicates a royal priesthood to all the people of the redeemed, and with brotherly love chooses some of the brothers by the laying on of hands does share in his ministry of salvation. "

The communication of the priesthood of Christ is a gift given to all the people of the redeemed and among all someone has chosen "with brotherly love, not only to make an office, but for an intake of identity, a conformity to Christ, chaste, poor, humble and obedient unto death on the Cross, to serve Christ and the Church.

  With more the priest is close to Christ, with most resembles him, and with more than the exercise of the priesthood is communicated by Christ himself. Christ communicates his priesthood in priestly ordination, but confirms and reinforces the extent that the priest communicates with the Christ. What we should be intimacy between a priest and Jesus. That's why it is the spiritual life, the inner life of the engine all the activity of a priest. No inner life, without once daily extended communication with Christ, the life of a priest is sterile.

This intimacy is offered by Christ to all believers, who want to approach him with love and goes through the Holy Eucharist and all sacraments, put into action by the Church through the power of the Holy Spirit, with the action of the priest.

The climate of intimacy that a priest lives with Christ, becomes palpable in the Eucharist celebrating every day, especially during these holy days.

The priest announces proclaiming the Word of God, that is the gospel of liberation and redemption, his words to be effective they must have in the flavor of Christ, must convey intimacy, truth, kindness, understanding, compassion, love, must come from the heart the priest as the heart of Jesus.

Even a person who is not ordained priest, can have access to a great intimacy, only that very often such intimacy a layman can live through the inner life of a priest, and he knows how to manifest it on the altar.

The situation today is difficult, because it seems that priests, for what lies on the side of their pastoral and administrative, do not have time for God, to be with Jesus. They go, you, doing spiritual exercises and retreats, as if they put head out of the water, but then dive back in apnea in the pastoral, risking to die of asphyxiation.

The priest should not be afraid to give time to Christ, to cultivate his inner life and his holiness. Will not have to go in search of the sheep supplicandole to be guided by Him, but will be the sheep that beg to be led by the pastor, because in him they recognized the Good Shepherd.

Happy Holy Thursday to everyone.


April 1, 2015


Mt 26.14 to 25

14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests 15 and said, "How much you want to give me because I hand him over?". They paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16 From that time he sought opportunity to betray him.

17 The first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying: "Where do you want us to prepare for you, for you to eat the Passover?". 18 And he said, "Go into the city to a certain and tell him, 'The Teacher says, My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover with my disciples. '" 19 And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.

20 When it was evening, he sat down with the Twelve. 21 While they were eating, he said, "Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me." 22 And they, deeply saddened, they began asking him in: "Is it I, Lord?". 23 And he said: "He who has put his hand with me in the dish, which is to betray me. 24 The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! Better for that man if he had never been born. " 25 Judas, the betrayer, said, "Rabbi, is it I?". He answered, "You have said so."



The story of Jesus goes through the betrayal of Judas. And 'the rejection of Christ, his person, his mission, by one of his disciples, even in the group of the Twelve. We can certainly feel pain, confusion and suffering, but what can we expect from the man, from ourselves? Instead what we can expect from God?

 On the stage of history shows the drama of man unable to respond to God with love or just with reason, that recognizes the facts of God and the drama of God who knows only one answer to man ,: mercy and love.

 As it crosses the story of Jesus with human freedom, generating intersections of freedom where man collides or meets with God and He cures him with his love. We reveal why Judas his betrayal was yet another act of love of Christ, to help his repentance, and his return to the Master who had chosen him as an apostle among many. This repentance is then derived from the fold who have had the facts. Judah, however, was punished by his remorse and Satan played the card of despair.

All this happened for us and for our salvation.

We have to realize what kind of evil we are surrounded, like a black tide that rises higher and wrapping everything and everyone. In this story came the shocking fact of a God who does not accuse, do not judge nor condemn, but is close to the man to lift it from its betrayals. At the end there is to say that if the mystery of evil is greater than man, the mystery of goodness and mercy of God is much bigger man and the evil that surrounds him. We all do not understand that if we do not allow God to accompany us on our journey on this earth, we are easy prey to evil, an evil that is greater than each of us

Have a nice day.