VIAGGIO SPIRITUALE: di Tommaso Nuovo
Gospel to day: may 2019
Wednesday 22 May 2019
Fifth week of Easter time
Jn 15: 1-8
1 «I am the true vine and my Father is the farmer. 2 Every branch that bears no fruit in me cuts it, and every branch that bears fruit prunes it to bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have announced to you. 4 Remain in me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself if it does not remain in the vine, neither can you if you do not remain in me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, and I in him, bears much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. 6 Whoever does not remain in me is thrown away like the branch and dried; then they collect it, throw it into the fire and burn it.7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for what you want and it will be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified in this: that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
The Father is the farmer
A premise. All the analogies that Jesus uses to describe the kingdom of God and the action of God are not mere images given to people who did not understand more complex discourses or more complicated explanations, but are simply true, as they refer to a reality, which is found in God, to God himself. Therefore, beyond the usual exegetical discourse, the explanation of the text and its redaction, there is the inspiration of God, who wanted to place the Truth, the revelation, in the words of men.
That said, this question arises: how are we grafted onto the true vine like the branches? In order for us to be placed in the true life, Jesus Christ, the opposite must happen: by virtue of the incarnation of the Son of God, the "true Vine" is placed in us.
Jesus is present in the most intimate aspect of man's life in his soul. Who is in charge of cultivating this vine in us? The Father, defined by Jesus himself the farmer. Except that unlike farmers who work with the tools appropriate to the land, God the Father acts through the Holy Spirit.
Jesus reveals to us how the Father works. The Father prunes the branch so that it bears more fruit or cuts it if it does not bear fruit: it is left on the ground and then after it is dried, it is taken away and burned. Do we realize that here we talk about our eternal fate? This is also true, so we have to worry a lot because what Jesus said and did has always come true. Every second that passes us always brings us closer to the encounter with the Lord Jesus.
We carefully evaluate whether the heavenly Father is pruning us with trial and suffering or whether he leaves us so dry on earth ready for eternal fire. If God is not doing anything in our lives we run the risk of being considered dry and good for nothing, with one foot already in the pit. Let us verify how God works in our lives. Good day
Tuesday 21 May 2019
Fifth week of Easter
27 I leave you peace, I give you my peace. Not as the world gives it, I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or be afraid.28 You have heard that I have told you: "I am going and I will come back to you". If you loved me, you would rejoice that I go to the Father, because the Father is greater than me. 29 I told you now, before it happens, because, when it happens, you believe. 30 I will not speak with you any longer, for the prince of the world is coming; he can do nothing against me, 31 but the world must know that I love the Father, and as the Father has commanded me, so I act. Get up, let's get out of here. "
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
The Christian's rule
What peace can the world give that from the time of Cain and Abel is at war with itself? The peace that Christ gives instead is communion with God, which is realized in fulfilling his will. This peace has a great return towards one's neighbor, because it is the work of God in the hearts of men that produces peace, justice and holiness.
If someone thinks instead of finding peace in the fulfillment of the senses, he will only find war in himself, with others and before God.
Jesus Christ does not return to the Father empty-handed, but carries our humanity with him. All people, who by faith welcome him into themselves become members of his Most Holy Body: the Church.
All this has already been achieved, but there is Satan as the "prince" of this world, who does not want peace between God and man and continually puts man against God.
Jesus Christ never worried about his person or his peace, but about our person and the peace we need to live in communion with God and neighbor.
These times we live in are the times when Satan continually puts man against God. We fight Satan within us to preserve faith, God's grace and peace. We must always be at war with Satan and in peace with God this is the Christian's rule. Good day.