VIAGGIO SPIRITUALE di Tommaso Nuovo
Gospel to day: december 2017
Saturday 9 December 2017
First week of Advent
35 Jesus went through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, announcing the gospel of the Kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity. 36 Seeing the crowds, he felt sorry for them, because they were tired and exhausted like sheep who have no shepherd.37 Then he said to his disciples: "The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few! 38 So pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers to his harvest! "
1 Calling his twelve disciples to himself, he gave them power over the unclean spirits to drive them out and heal every disease and every disease.
6 Turn instead to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.7 Proceeding, preaching, saying that the kingdom of heaven is near. 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, free dates.
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
The Gospels of Advent: the mission of Jesus continues in the Church
All the holy Gospels of Advent time have the characteristic of showing how Jesus comes to us and how we can recognize him. Man, after the sin of origin, was not abandoned by God. Even today God does not abandon man, but he comes to meet him and saves him, always if man wants him.
God does not need man, but for his infinite mercy
he involved him in the great plan of redemption. Therefore it is an immense gift of God to participate in the work that Christ has begun and which continues in his disciples. Jesus, after choosing the twelve disciples, invested them with his saving and healing qualities and sent them first to the lost sheep of the house of Israel and then to the whole world.
This mandate then handed over to the Church on the day of Jesus' ascension to heaven and confirmed it at Pentecost with the gift of the spirit. It is for the mission of the Church that it is necessary to pray that the master of the harvest will send workers to his harvest
Therefore the Church today does not have another mission except that of Jesus Christ, it is always He who speaks, acts and saves, through his disciples. He asks the apostle for a profound union with Christ, to avoid going to the mission to proper name, bringing oneself and not the person of Jesus. The mission is this: to save man from sin and death and prepare him for eternal life. To fulfill the mission of Jesus it is necessary to have with him Jesus and his Mother Mary. Everything else may seem useful, but it is only a burden, a ballast that does not allow you to run with Jesus, towards Jesus.
This is why the soul of every mission of the Church is spiritual life, without which the impulse to give one's life for Christ and for the brothers is extinguished in the missionary. Spiritual life does not stand alone nor through our effort, but thanks to the continuous attention to the Immaculate Virgin Mary, to the saints, thanks to a Eucharistic life in which the missionary offers himself to Jesus and with Jesus on the altar.
If then a missionary must help the human promotion of the people to whom he is sent, it is his duty to help, knowing well that he acts in the name of Christ and for the greater glory of God and not in his name.
If prayer is extinguished in a missionary, life with Mary and with the saints, the Eucharistic life, the spiritual life, the mission of Christ in him is also extinguished. He will do other things, he will be good, but he will not bring Christ to anyone. He will receive praise from men, he will be known and esteemed, but he risks not receiving from Christ that single praise of God that the saints have always wanted to receive: "you come good and faithful servant, you have been faithful in the little I will give you much power" ( see Mt, 25.23). Not for nothing a nun, Saint Teresa of Jesus child is the patroness of the missionaries.
Let us pray, God send workers to his harvest and so that the mission of the Church will always have a heart that pulsates for God. If the heart of the missionaries beats for God, it also beats for the neighbor. Good advent.
Thursday 7 December 2017
First week of Advent
21 Not everyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord," will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
24 Therefore anyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain fell, the rivers overflowed, the winds blew, and beat down on that house, but it did not fall, because it was founded on the rock. 26 Anyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain fell, the rivers overflowed, the winds blew, and they fell upon that house, and it fell and its ruin was great. "
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
Gospels of Advent: Christ is the stone for the house on the rock
This Gospel of the time of advent tells us how the Son of God was sent among us, as Word that becomes flesh, to transmit God's will to men.
With regard to this page of the Gospel of Matthew, today I want to pay attention not only to what Jesus Christ tells us to do: "not those who say Lord, Lord ..., but who does the will of my Father who is in heaven." , or the invitation to build our life on the rock and not on the sand without a secure foundation. I want to pay attention to the material, to the bricks with which we build our life as a solid house.
First of all it is necessary to choose the place on which to build not so much a material building, but a spiritual home. The rock is God himself, with his Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit, while we are the sand, when we build on the fragility of our people, on the ambitions, focusing on our abilities, on our desires and passions, on our sins. With the faster we build quickly we are cut down and become dust, just like sand.
We must ask ourselves about things is this constant insistence on building human life on what is fragile, subject to time and degradation, material and spiritual? One of the reasons is undoubtedly the tendency to turn away from God and wanting to do without Him.
With what materials can we construct our life as a solid construction, built according to God, that resists time and human weather? The bricks are Christ himself and the Word of God, which is given to us together with his Body and his Blood in the Holy Eucharist. With this material the house of life becomes eternal, holy, inhabited by God, able to face every adversity and contrast.
But we must also know how to build and have safe guides, who have already completed the construction of their home, in order to carry out the work according to God. These guides are the saints. In them we can see and observe the complete building and we can go to their history, as they have built their life on Christ with Christ. So to build well you have to choose the right place, the most suitable materials and valid workers, of the reliable collaborators who have already done the work for themselves. We have holy material in abundance, we have collaborators and extraordinary help, let us work to build the house of our life according to God.
Wednesday 6 December 2017
First week of Advent
29 Jesus went away from there, came near the Sea of Galilee, and went up on the mountain and stopped there. 30 A great crowd gathered around him, bringing with him lame, crippled, blind, deaf and many other sick; they put them at his feet, and he healed them, 31 so that the crowd was full of astonishment at seeing the dumb ones speaking, the cripples healed, the lame ones walking and the blind ones they saw. And he praised the God of Israel.
32 Then Jesus called his disciples to himself and said, "I feel compassion for the crowd. For three days now they have been with me and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them back fasting, so that they will not fail along the way. " 33 And the disciples said to him, "How can we find so many loaves in a desert to feed such a large crowd?" 34 Jesus asked them, "How many loaves do you have?" They said: "Seven, and a few fish". 35 After he had ordered the crowd to sit on the ground, 36 took the seven loaves and the fish, gave thanks, broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples to the crowd. 37 Everyone ate their fill. They took away the advanced pieces: seven full bags.
COMMENT OF TOMMASO NUOVO
Gospels of Advent: the hidden coming of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist
In the first part of today's Gospel, (v.29-31) the reason why the Son of God became man is remembered: to heal suffering humanity in body and spirit. Then also with the help of Saint Bernard, who in his Advent talks speaks of an intermediate coming of Christ, an occult coming, we are told how Jesus comes to meet us in a direct way.
In the story of the second multiplication of the loaves, narrated by the evangelist Matthew (v. 32-39) announcement of the institution of the Holy Eucharist, we are told how Christ comes to us today, in a hidden and sacramental way. This hidden coming of Christ, besides being real, is continuous in every Holy Mass and contributes with the grace of the Holy Spirit to meet us with the only living and true God. Certainly faith is needed in order to meet Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. Many faithful indeed approach Holy Communion, but without faith. In doing so, Christ is not revealed, but hides more and more. This is especially true of first-person priests. Thus this Gospel of Advent reminds us, through the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fish, that it is still Jesus, in the person of his ministers, to break and multiply the bread which in turn will become his body offered to us.
The way we prepare and approach this hidden coming of Christ says all our faith or unbelief. Many churches in which the Holy Eucharist was celebrated or celebrated are profaned or trivialized. Our person is like a church, a tabernacle, a meeting point between the Body of Christ and our soul. The holiness with which one must receive Holy Communion, the Body of Christ must not be just a prerogative of holy places like churches, but also of our bodies. The time of Advent helps us to rediscover the necessary sanctity with which to welcome the Body of Christ in every Holy Mass. Good advent
Tuesday 5 December 2017
First week of Advent
21 In that same hour Jesus exulted with joy in the Holy Spirit and said: "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to the little ones. Yes, Father, because in this way you have decided in your benevolence.22 Everything has been given to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is but the Father, nor who the Father is but the Son and he to whom the Son he will want to reveal it ».
23 And he said to the disciples, "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. 24 I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you are looking at, but they did not see it, and listen to what you hear, but they did not listen to it. "
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
The Gospels of Advent time
It is necessary to find a connection between the Gospels proposed in the days of Advent. We abandon for a moment the ordinary itinerary that introduces us to the history of salvation (historical salvific itinerary), to follow an itinerary of revelation, to show how Christ comes towards man and how man must turn to Christ.
The itinerary begins with the healing of the servant of the centarion of Capernaum (Monday of the first week), where his faith is highlighted, which Jesus also admires (see Mt 8: 5-11). But where did the centurion's faith come from? Here is the answer with today's Gospel: "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to the little ones" (cf. Mt 10,21). The source of the Roman centurion's faith is above all the heavenly Father, who uses everything and every person, to lead us to Christ and to believe in him. In this case the only person on the scene with Jesus and the centurion is his servant. It may be that his servant on some occasion has known and listened to Jesus, even if he were one of his disciples.
So the centurion heard him invoke during his illness. The centurion has seen with what courage and with what force his servant confronts the disease and the servant himself spoke to him about Jesus the Nazarene as the Messiah promised by God, also transmitting his faith in Jesus. Thus the heavenly Father, seeing as the Centurion listened, he gave him that faith, which brought him to Jesus.
There is no limit to the faith of arriving to anyone who opens himself to God. But we must not suppose that we already have faith, we must ask God or. If there is so much suffering in man today it is because we ask little of God and turn to him without faith. Today we know that the gift of God, which offers to those who least expect it, but that before Him are small, because they recognize its greatness and its power. May Jesus exult also for us, for our faith. Good advent.
Monday 4 december 2017
The first week of Advent
5 When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came to meet him, begging him and saying: 6 "Lord, my servant is in the house, in bed, paralyzed and suffers terribly." 7 He said to him, "I will come and heal him." 8 But the centurion replied, "Lord, I am not worthy to enter under my roof, but say only one word, and my servant will be healed. 9 Even though I am a subordinate, I have soldiers under me and I say to one: "Go!" And he goes; and to another: "Come!", and he comes; and to my servant: "Do this!" and he does it. "
10 Listening to him, Jesus marveled and said to those who were following him: "Truly I tell you, in Israel I have not found anyone with such a great faith! 11 Now I tell you, many will come from the east and from the west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven,
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
The faith of the centurion and our faith.
What can this gospel tell us in the advent season that has just begun? We need to look at the movement of people. In the Gospel it seems that the centurion is going to Jesus, whereas it is Jesus who is going towards the centurion. Jesus already knows who this man is, his history, but above all he knows his faith and wants to bring it to light, so that he may enlighten the faith of others, even ours.
Jesus says a word, in front of his request to heal his servant, but he also addresses us and our requests: "I will come and treat him". It should not surprise us the word of Jesus, which sums up all his mission, but the centurion's answer: "Lord, I am not worthy to enter under my roof, but only one word and my servant will be healed". Where did this man find all this faith? Who taught him about Jesus Christ, how should we ask Him to get? These are questions that are not given to us to know the answer.
Jesus in front of everyone admires the centurion's faith and presents it to us at the beginning of this new advent. The Lord asks us to grow our faith, to be able to welcome him in this time of waiting. Jesus shows us what is the main problem we must face in us, together with the problem of sin, the problem of our faith, without which we can not ask and obtain from God for ourselves and for others. Good advent