VIAGGIO SPIRITUALE di Tommaso Nuovo
Gospel to day:april 2018
Friday, April 13, 2018
Second week of Easter
1After these events, Jesus passed to the other shore of the Sea of Galilee, that is to Tiberìade, and a large crowd followed him, because he saw the signs he was carrying out on the sick. 3He went up the mountain and sat there with his disciples. 4It was near Easter, the festival of the Jews.
5 Then Jesus lifted up his eyes and saw that a great multitude came to him, and said to Philip, "Where shall we be able to buy bread for them to eat?" 6 He was saying to test it; in fact he knew what he was about to accomplish. 7The Philip answered: "Two hundred denarii of bread are not enough even for everyone to receive a piece of it." 8Then one of his disciples said, Andrew, brother of Simon Peter: 9 "There is a boy here who has five loaves of barley and two fishes; but what is this for so many people? " 10 Jesus answered: "Let them sit". There was a lot of grass in that place. So they sat down and there were about five thousand men. 11Then Jesus took the loaves and, after giving thanks, he gave them to those who were seated, and he himself did fish, as much as they wanted. 12 And when they were satisfied, he said to his disciples, "Gather up the advanced pieces, so that nothing is lost." 13They gathered and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves, advanced to those who had eaten.
14Then the people saw the sign that he had done, he said, "This is indeed the prophet, he who comes into the world!" 15 But Jesus, knowing that they came to take him to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain, he alone.
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
The Holy Eucharist Easter gift
First of all I wondered why the liturgy places this miracle or sign, as John calls them, in the liturgical season after Easter. The evangelist says that "Easter was near, the festival of the Jews" (Jn 6: 4). This note of time is in truth a theological note to show in the Gospel the intention of Jesus to fulfill in his person those implicit signs in the Passover: the exodus, the person of Moses, the paschal lamb and the sign of the manna. Instead, the Church offers us this sign near the Easter of Jesus, which we have just celebrated.
The main purpose of the liturgy is to make us meet with the risen Jesus, accepting his passion, death and resurrection
To meet Jesus we do not need a miracle, but to enter into the action of grace of the Spirit of every Holy Eucharist. As Jesus offered himself yesterday, he offers himself to us today. Through his hands is offered that bread that is multiplied by a multitude of men, greater than those present on that day, which includes the humanity of all time.
Yesterday Jesus, on the mountain, near the sea of Tiberias, took those loaves and those fish, which they put before him almost for provocation. Today it is Jesus himself who replaces the bread from the fish, to nourish a deeper hunger, which we often ignore, that of the soul, which God instead has in mind.
The disciples thought impossible the request of Jesus that invited Philip to look for bread for those men: Where can we buy bread, why do they have to eat? (Jn 6,5b). But we must think that: "nothing is impossible to God" (Lk 1:37) Jesus transforms himself into bread, bread in himself and through the hands of the apostles of today can reach every man who presents himself before God with his hunger for life, love and truth.
This is why we are given this sign, to help man recover the hunger for life, love and truth, in the final analysis the hunger for God, which emerges from the soul and to relativize the hunger of the body, to bring it back to the need to feed him for his livelihood.
Jesus multiplying that day the bread made a gesture of charity, but he goes further, he knows the hunger of the soul. This is why he makes himself bread worked through his passion, cooked on the altar of the cross, then fills it with the Holy Spirit and offers it to all people of all ages.
In the Holy Eucharist, that little piece of bread contains all of humanity and the divinity of Jesus Christ, who offers himself to us. This is why faith is needed, to recognize the One who makes food for us. Jesus with himself also gives us life that will never end. This is the real Easter gift.
Today how many men and how many women, consecrated or lay, will make Holy Communion without being aware of what they have received. We must always demonstrate, with the faith with which they participate in every Holy Mass, that there is something greater in it than the miracle that has been done on the shores of the Lake of Galilee. Today we are offered the One who gives the answer to all man's hunger. Good day.
Monday 2 April 2018
Eighth of Easter
8 Quickly abandoning the sepulcher with fear and great joy, the women ran to give the announcement to his disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus came to meet them and said, "Health to you!" And they approached, embraced his feet and adored him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers that they go to Galilee: they will see me there ».
11 While they were on their way, behold, some of the guards came to the city and announced to the chief priests all that had happened.12 These then gathered with the elders and, after consulting, gave a good sum of money to the soldiers, 13 saying : "Say so:" His disciples came at night and stole him while we slept. " 14 And if it ever came to the governor's ear, we will persuade him and free you from all worry. " 15 Those took the money and did according to the instructions received. Thus this story has spread among the Jews until today.
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
The time of the Risen
The time of Jesus Christ resurrected begins. Only this time has never ended, continues today. He began to appear, first to the women and then to his disciples. But to those who have condemned him and still condemn him today, he does not reveal himself as risen, but as a reason for trouble, to be eliminated even in the face of evidence. So did the guards, the high priests. the elders of the people, losing the chance to meet and believe in Jesus Christ, who had come right for them.
Instead, the women and the disciples who loved him despite having abandoned him at the time of the trial showed up and met. That communion of life that He had begun with them could not end in nothing. Jesus makes himself meet by those who love him and by those who proclaim him resurrected, offering everyone the forgiveness of sins and a new life, open to eternity. Where do you meet? Tell my brothers to go to Galilee, they will see me. The encounter with Jesus is in the words and deeds that are contained in the Gospel and that concern him. To return to make the path that Jesus did means to be able to meet him again in every Holy Eucharist, where those gestures are repeated and those words that are resurrected and resurrected with Him. The Gospel is not a letter death is life and resurrection, which they are continuously offered to us. Christ has risen, he has truly risen. Alleluia.
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Easter of resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ
Jn 20: 1-9
1 On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala went to the tomb in the morning, when it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2 Then he ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord away from the tomb and we do not know where they laid him!" 3 Peter then went out together with the other disciple and went to the sepulcher. 4 They ran together, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and came first to the tomb. 5 He bent down, saw the sheets laid there, but did not enter. 6 Simon Peter also came in, who was following him, and entered the tomb and looked at the sheets laid there, 7 and the shroud - which had been on his head - not laid there with cloths, but wrapped in a separate place. 8 Then the other disciple also came in, who had come first to the tomb, and he saw and believed. 9 For they had not yet understood the Scripture, that it was to rise from the dead.
CHRIST IS RESOURCED, IS REALLY RESOURED ALLELUIA
This announcement is not only the proclamation of the resurrection of Jesus from death, but it is a cry, which pierces the leaden and hazy sky of humanity. This morning we must gather this announcement and do it just to give our life and that of the world a different direction, a horizon of eternity that no man, while looking for it, can not give it.
We do not need proof from God that Jesus has risen, the moved rock alone, the empty tomb, the bandages on the ground and believing in those who saw Him risen and gave their lives for Him
The resurrection of Jesus comes after the tremendous hours of his passion. I am impressed to think how discreet the resurgence of Jesus has been, while the world has made noise in condemning it to death, but to no avail. Today they still think to eliminate Jesus, but He has risen, and he precedes us in Galilee, in the places where he lived and preached.
Jesus with his resurrection also won sin, because he taught us to die to ourselves, to live a divine life. But how much effort it costs us to die in sin. We prefer to live in sin and die in it, rather than die to sin in order to rise again with Christ.
To resurrect with Him we must therefore die, this means to make a basic choice: to choose who we want to belong to forever, because the resurrection of Christ opens to us the horizon of eternity.
If we want to be with Christ forever, we must belong to him already on this earth and make a communion of life with him. The alternative is only one: either belonging to Him or sinking forever into the infernal abyss, where there is no longer communion with God, but eternal desperation. They can write what the journalists want, hell is there and who He lives in sin and already experiences belonging to him.
Today, thanks to the Easter liturgy, both of the Vigil of this night and of the Holy Mass of the day we have access to the Risen Christ who is alive with his Body and Blood in the Holy Eucharist and in his mystical Body: the Church. It is up to us to desire and belong to him and to look for him in the places of faith where he meets. Christ is risen, he is truly risen, alleluia.