VIAGGIO SPIRITUALE: di Tommaso Nuovo

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Feast of the apostles Simon and Judah Taddeo

Lc 6,12-15

 

12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went up to the mount to pray, and went all the night praying to God. 13 And when it was day, he called his disciples to him, and chose twelve, to whom also he gave the name of the apostles. also gave the name of Peter; Andrew, his brother; James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, 15 Matthew, Thomas; James, son of Alphaeus; Simon, called Zelota; 16 Judah, son of James; and Judas Iscariot, who became the traitor.

 

 

Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

We too are apostles

 

Jesus chose the twelve apostles after a night of prayer. We do not overlook this particular, because the prayer of Jesus was and is the soul of his mission and mission of the Church. What happened that night? Can we just imagine it? The Father presented his plan, his will to establish a new Israel of God and showed him the Holy Church in its emergence and development in history. Then he showed him with whom to begin, including Judas, to prove that Judas had all the possibilities to abandon his tragic project. In the middle of the night, dialogue became more intimate and loving: the Father to the Son and the Son towards the Father.

 

But in those twelve new patriarchs, we too are, if we consider not only to be believers in Christ, but members of his body that is the Church, we also invested in the gift of apostolicity, namely to be sent in the name of Jesus Christ in the world to make Jesus Christ known and to live the Gospel.

 

 

Like Peter and others, I too am an apostle invested by the Spirit and with the same gifts of grace. Only that we easily reject this identity that comes from baptism and then from Holy Crescent, to assume a comfortable Christianity, which leaves room for the doctrine of the world, centered on consumption and enjoyment of the senses and not on the sanctification of body and soul .

 

 As the tragic person of Judah the traitor is always quoted in the twelve, he is presently present in the Church at all levels: in the Vatican as in the most peripheral churches in the world (peripherals in relation to the Vatican). We are all ready to betray Jesus. Who instead pulls out and says he will never deny him, he is the first to do so.

 

Today, Jesus Christ has more enemies in the Church than outside. If anyone thinks of reforming the Church without converting himself, he acts as an enemy of Christ, as the psalm says: Even the friend I confided in, who shared bread with me, raised my foot against me (Ps 41,10 ).

Good day. tommasonuovo@yahoo.it

Thursday, October 26, 2017

XIX week of ordinary time

Lc 12, 49-53

 

 

 

49 I came to throw fire on the ground, and how much I wish it was already on! 50 I have a baptism in which I will be baptized, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!

51 Do you think I came to bring peace to the earth? No, I'm telling you, but division. 52 From now on, if there are five people in a family, three will be divided against two and two against three; 53 they will divide father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law. "

 

Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

 The time of the decision: with God or against God.

 

Jesus, of what kind of fire do you speak? What fire wants to throw on the ground and so much wants it to be switched on? Why does Jesus himself declare that he did not come to bring peace to earth, but division?

Without a shadow of doubt, fire is the Holy Spirit, the only one that can melt, unite mankind into love, overcoming divisions caused by hatred and selfishness.

 

But the division that came to bring Jesus is not like the human one, but it is the fruit of the decision: with Him or against Him. So in the same family there will be who will believe and who will not believe, who will decide to follow Jesus and who instead will be against it. Even intimate and family ties will be twisted. But is this a good thing? Is not politically incorrect what Jesus says? Would not it be better to leave the disputes over faith and even the faith itself and live all in holy peace, each believing and living as you wish? No! It is better to be against men than to be against God. It is better to condemn and deride men, rather to receive the condemnation of God. That is why Jesus alludes, by saying of the baptism he must receive, to the cross. Those who are ashamed of being Christian and seek for false peace touch and take away this sign, testimony of God's supreme love for man.

 

Even in the interreligious dialogue with Islam the believer in Jesus Christ can not do without the crucifix. Jesus is one with the Father and is called a crucifix because he is only one with the cross.

It's really stupid to take the crucifix to please the Muslims who do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Without Jesus, without the cross, no one is safe, not even one who thinks he believes, but denies him. Good day. tommasonuovo@yahoo.it

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

XIX week of ordinary time

Lc 12: 39-48

 

39 Try to understand this: If the landlord knew at what time the thief came, he would not let the house be buried. 40 Also be ready for it, that in the hour you do not imagine, the Son of Man comes. "

41 Then Peter said, "Lord, do you say this parable for us or for all?" 42 The Lord replied, "Who then is the trusted and prudent administrator, that the master shall put his servant to the ration of food in due time? 43 Blessed is the servant whom the master will arrive to do so. 44 Verily I say unto you, That he shall put him to the head of all his goods. 45 But if that servant say in his heart, 'My master is coming to the end,' and begins to strike the servants and the servants, to eat, to drink and to get drunk, 46 the master of that servant will arrive one day when 'wait and in an hour he does not know, he will punish him severely and inflict on him the fate that deserves the infidels.

47 The servant who, knowing the will of the master, will not act or act according to his will, will receive many beatings; 48 Instead of knowing it, he has done things worthy of beating, he will receive few. To anyone who was given much, much will be asked; to whom it was entrusted, much more will be required.

 

Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

Watch and wait for God

 

The basic attitude that precedes and always accompanies the Christian life and the expectation of God and his grace. This is the vigilance of the Christian, because God is always at the door and knocking, as the demon's soul is the door, who does not knock, does not hear, sends death calls, inviting us to sin. Jesus comes to us but we are so distracted and busy not knowing about his presence and his aid. The thief of souls who is the devil is always at work to steal souls to God and bring them to hell, who knows why we are always ready to listen to him.

 

That is why Jesus responds to Peter, who asks him for who this parable is, with another parable. The trusted administrator that the boss puts on the head of servitude not to do violence on it, but to care for it is the one who cares for the servitude to give the ration of spiritual food that serves to serve the Divine Master. This is the task of those who preside over the servants. Servants do not eat straw or sawdust, or fried air. Servants to serve degnely the absent boss need real food food: the Holy Eucharist and the Word of God offered in abundance and with holy hands.

 

Whoever has not done the will of the Master, who wants his servants to be fed, will suffer the beatings of those who once applaud and then turned against them. The story goes so, when it comes out of the will of God there is nothing to be good. We await God in our lives with desire, faith, fear and tremor. Good day.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

XIX week of ordinary time

Lc 12: 13-21

 

 

13 A man in the crowd said to him, "Teacher of my brother, who shares the inheritance with me." 14 But he said, "O man, who has made me judge or mediator over you?" 15 And he said to them, "Be careful and keep away from every greed because, though one is in abundance, his life does not depend on what he possesses."

16 Then he told them a parable: "The rich man's campaign had given a plentiful harvest. 17 He reasoned among himself, "What shall I do, because I have not where to put my crops? 18 I will do so, "he said," I will demolish my warehouses and build other larger ones, and gather all my wheat and my goods. 19 Then I will say to myself, My soul, you have many goods available for many years; rest, eat, drink and have fun! " 20 But God said to him, "Stuck, this night you will be asked for your life. And what you have prepared, who will be? " 21 So is he who builds up treasures for himself, and does not enrich himself with God. "

 

Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

Accumulate for itself

The question of the accumulation of riches, dealt with in this parable, is not just about the rich, but it concerns everyone, because our heart is easily attached to things or to people, even to ourselves, so as to make sense that life depends on goods or people we "own". I also put people in what we possess, because affective relationships lead the heart to almost perceive the other as an exclusive possession, to be arranged at will. This is one of the reasons for so many tragedies in the relationship between man and woman: the exclusive possession of the other.

 

Jesus, before telling the parable of the rich fool, warns of greediness: "Keep away from every greediness and explain why:" Even if one is in abundance, his life does not depend on what he possesses. Greed is the messy desire of things, and it can take all if we do not help our heart to desire what is our true good in a particular way to desire God. This parable speaks to us of the secret dream of all of us: having everything, especially plenty of money, for the rest of your life. This dream becomes the title of lotteries like this: "Tourist forever." This dream many people pursue it lawfully and illicitly, either by working tirelessly or treating business to gain economic benefits, but also illegally through delinquency and wicked gains. Jesus reveals that it is foolish to live by accumulating to consume goods and resources as much as to live for them. Certainly with our consumer mindset it is convenient to have what is needed at all times, especially in emergencies. But one thing is saving, the result of sacrifices, the other is to accumulate by placing the heart in it.

 

Jesus has two very important indications: life does not belong to us and is returned to God. Enriching before God is true wisdom, it is to live according to the Gospel. In this way, poverty can also be part of our lives as a choice and not just as a happening. To have a generous alms, to belong to our possessions to those who have nothing, to live a virtuous and holy life, preparing the heavenly reward is enriching ourselves with God.

Many saints have lived their lives in the full throes and gift of themselves, placing themselves in the providence, aspiring with all their might to the heavenly prize.

 

Often, a rich and famous person is pursued by the demon of unhappiness, who chronicles to extreme acts, because life becomes unbearable: what is it to earn the world if it then loses its soul? For those who want to understand the gospel of the rich fool is a real life page.

Good day. tommasonuovo@yahoo.it

Friday 20 October 2017

XXVIII week of ordinary time

Lc 12, 1-3

 

 

1 Meanwhile, thousands of people gathered to the point where they traversed each other, and Jesus first began to say to his disciples: "Look good from the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.2 There is nothing hidden it will not be revealed or secret that will not be known. 3 So what you have said in the darkness will be heard in full light, and what you have said in the ear in the most internal rooms will be announced from the terraces.

4 I say to you, my friends: do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that they can do nothing. 5 I will show you instead of whom you must be afraid: fear the one who, having killed, has the power to cast into Geenna. Yes, I tell you, fear him. 6 Five sparrows are not sold for two dollars? Yet none of them is forgotten before God. 7 Even the hair of your head is all counted. Do not be afraid: you are more than many sparrows!

 

Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

The great evil of hypocrisy

 

We must do our best to not knock our life of faith with hypocrisy, that is to say, what we are not, and hide ourselves in front of God as if he did not see us. This also applies to spiritual life. No one can deceive God, so it is good to always present ourselves before God acknowledging our sin and misery, confessing to us and confessional, to receive the grace to make it appear in our actions, thoughts, words and the person of Jesus .

 

The sin we do not remain hidden, the same devil cares to make it appear in us to find out, even after years, when we least expect him. We must anticipate the Demon, acknowledging our sin. In exchange for our sin we receive from God his grace, if we confess him and abandon him.

 

If we practice hypocrisy, we also take away the courage of witnessing and we can not face the trials and persecutions, the normal condition of every Christian. The courage with which martyrs face the test of martyrdom comes from their sincere faith, which carries them with grace, holiness, and strength in front of God and in front of men. The executioners were often amazed at the martyr's courage, such as the courage of the Jesuit martyrs. Many times, though, man is more afraid than God, so grace does not help us, because we seek salvation, salvation in man, and we do not expect God. We must work hard on the sincerity of our faith, hypocrisy the devil is his second enemy after the devil. Good day.

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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Evangelist Saint Luke's Day

Lc 10, 1-9

 

1 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy-two, and sent them two to two in front of him in every city and place where he was about to go. 2 He said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but there are few workers! Pray then the lord of the harvest, that he may send laborers into his mess. 3 Go, behold, I send you as lambs in the midst of wolves; 4 Do not wear your bag, no bag, no sandals, and do not stop greeting anyone along the way. 5 In any home you enter, first say, "Peace to this house!" 6 If you will be a son of peace, your peace will fall on him or else he will return to you. 7 Stay in that house, eating and drinking what they have, for whoever works is entitled to his reward. Do not go from one house to another. 8 When you enter a city and welcome you, eat what is offered to you, 9 heal the sick who are there, and say to them, "The kingdom of God is near to you."

 

 

Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

Bring the Gospel from Letter to Life.

 

Today is the feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist, author of the same Gospel and Acts of the Apostles. Beyond every exegetical study of the author and of all academic considerations, it was undoubtedly moved or inspired by God to do such a work, simply because it concerned expressly the Son of God and his mission in the midst of us . The need for inspiration is evident, because in every work of man remains the imprint of the author, in the Gospel according to Luke, God's imprint appears, because everything is oriented to the manifestation and knowledge of the person, work, and word of the Son of God.

 

Those who seek God, his will, and his voice find it in the Gospels. Those who seek something else in the Gospels see the person of God disappear. The Gospel needs us to discover and meet God in Jesus Christ and our eternal destiny.

 

The Gospel is not a simple scripture; it is not a dead letter waiting to be proclaimed; it is alive and incarnate in all those who welcome it with faith. We are not willing to live according to the Gospel as if it were our own free choice, but it is the Gospel that once welcomed by the form of life to those who believe. If this is not the case, why is it that you have not received it or has a superficial reading of it.

 

Therefore, listening, reading, meditation, and contemplation are necessary. One says but when do I find time? Certainly every layer of life has its way of approaching and welcoming the Gospel, what everyone can do and have is the "mental, visual and auditory" memory of the Gospel, which allows us to always have the word of Jesus to be present guided by it in the affairs of life.

 

The Gospel then has to be read and meditated through the written text of Sacred Scripture, all other auxiliary, especially computer technology is useful, but the Spirit does not pass as the written text. Then you should also try to write your own observations and meditations, which become just as material for reflection and study. In short, the Gospel is like a chest full of gold and precious stones, who can keep it and raise it has an immense treasure that enriches your life without fearing thieves. Good day.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

XXVIII week of ordinary time

Lc 11: 29-32

 

29 As the crowds came up, Jesus began to say, "This generation is a wicked generation; it seeks a sign, but it will not be given any sign, except the sign of Jonah. 30 For as Jonah was a sign to Nineveh, so also the Son of Man will be to this generation. 31 In the day of judgment the queen of the south will rise up against the men of this generation, and will condemn them; for she came from the ends of the earth to hear Solomon's wisdom. And behold, here is one greater than Solomon. 32 In the day of judgment, the people of Nineveh will rise up against this generation and will condemn it, because they prevailed in the preaching of Jonah. And here, here is one bigger than Jonah.

 

Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

Here, here is one bigger than Jonah

 

They are heavy words, these words that Jesus addresses to that generation, who had it in his squares to preach. But these words have to come to us, with the same force. Our generation is more than evil, perhaps a bad one. This is not a condemnation of condemnation, but a healthy salute to the awareness of gifts of grace that come down from heaven like a torrent full and are often ignored. Two thousand years of Christianity are an immense wealth for the world.

 

 These two millennia of Christians have seen the continuation of Jesus' mission on earth, through the Church, which despite men and their divisions, walks in history without exhausting the initial thrust, rather with more courage and awareness of its mission.

 

What makes the impression is that the world generally fails to go beyond what the Church and Christians show of itself, can not see and recognize in the Church the voice and presence of God. Certainly the Church's credibility is has been spotted by so many of her children, but this is not enough to take away her divine outfit.

 

 The question is related to the sanctity of his children, which aims to make the most of Jonah and Solomon who is present in the Church: Jesus Christ. The continuity between the Church and Jesus Christ must be the concern of the pastors as of the faithful, otherwise we play Christianity, we play God's play, we joke with sacred things and throw pearls into pigs.

 

Try to see when social news is commented on the Church, especially if it is negative, harsh words like boulders are used, with contempt that has no measure. Jesus does not want anyone to be condemned, but everyone can be saved and the Church, each of us, is the tool to bring men to the knowledge of God's love and salvation. To worry about our holiness means worrying about the holiness of the Church and its mission in the world. Good day. tommasonuovo@yahoo.it

Sunday, October 15, 2017

XXVIII of Ordinary Time

Mt 22, 1-15

 

1 Jesus began to speak to them with parables, and said, 2 "The kingdom of heaven is like a king, who made a feast for his son. 3 He sent his servants to call the guests to the wedding, but they did not want to come. 4 Again he sent other servants with this order: "Tell the guests: Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fattened animals are already killed and everything is ready; come to the wedding! " 5 But they did not care, and went to those who were in their own field; And others took their servants, and insulted them, and killed them. 7 Then the king was angry, and sent his troops, and killed those murderers, and burned their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, "The wedding feast is ready, but the guests were not worthy; 9 Now go to the streets of the streets, and all that you will find, call them to the wedding. " 10 Exit to the streets, those servants gathered all those who found it, bad and good, and the wedding hall filled with dinners. 11 And the king went in to see the diners, and there he saw a man that did not wear the bridal gown. 12 He said to him, "Friend, how have you come here without the bridal gown?" That missed. 13 Then the king said to the servants, "Tie your hands and your feet and throw it out into the darkness; there will be weeping and tearing of teeth. " 14 For many are called, but few elected. "

 

Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

The third and final invitation to the wedding

 

They say that Jesus has never explicitly spoken of paradise, yet he seeks in all ways to attract him, for he knows very well that we are able to say no, even to heaven.

 

This parable of wedding invitations, it would be best to call it three invitations to the wedding party. It is because the king, God's figure, only in the third attempt has the full room. The first and second rejection is not mentioned here, but the first two attempts, if placed in the history of Israel, say what happened to Moses and the prophets. Early Jewish people did not believe in God and his offer of salvation. But the banquet hall is still destined to fill with "good and bad" diners.

 

 We must not think that this parable is directed only to the Jews and speak only of the rejection of Israel, proclaimed for us today, speaks of our refusal to believe in eternal life, paradise, to live only in this life and for this life. It is not enough for us to enjoy the fullness of what our existence offers us and for this reason we are destined to eternal life, but in order to access it, faith and belief in the dead and risen Jesus Christ need to be obtained. The bridal gown is not a dress to wear, but it is our adherence to Jesus Christ, without which eternal life can not be accessed. That man tied with hands and feet and thrown out of the banquet hall means that if we are not found in the conditions required after the third call, there will be nothing to do.

 

Then the last one is a dramatic warning: many are called, but few elected, it does not mean there are few who will be saved, but we are all in the condition of rejecting eternal life and therefore being cast out of the kingdom. Certainly this rejection seems inexplicable, but it is only a question of faith, belief in God's invitations, and you have his servants who are sent to call the Son of the King, the Son of God.

 

Here is not considered the problem of the credibility of the servants sent to call everyone to the wedding party. Messengers and Messengers are called to be one, how can one be credible who announces eternal life and then lives in the worldly way, more busy with things, than God's people? This is the time of the third wedding invitation, we do not despise his invitation and find ourselves dressed so that we can enter and stay in the wedding banquet hall. Have a nice Sunday. tommasonuovo@yahoo.it

 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

XXVII week of ordinary time

Lc 11: 27-28

 

27 While he was saying this, a woman from the crowd raised her voice and said, "Blessed be the womb that brought you, and the breasts you nursed!" 28 But he said, "Blessed are they who hear the word of God and observe it."

 

Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

Must be reborn from above

 

There is a carnal maternity of Jesus and that of his Mother Mary, but there is also to discover another maternity of Jesus, in which Jesus is born in the spirit of man, because even man is born again in the spirit of God : "Verily, verily, I say unto you, if one is not born from above, he can not see the kingdom of God (cf. Gen. 3.3) .birth from above means to follow the birth from the bottom, the natural one , that supernatural, which does not happen automatically, but with the participation it is active in man. In this world, the necessity of the consensus and the will of a man and a woman to be born in the kingdom of God is done for the will of God and man.

 God puts the Holy Spirit, but what does man put on us? The grace of God needs the soul to be full of God and fills it with the sacraments and listening to his Word, combined with a life, that of the commandments, which is proof of the beginning of our rebirth in God .

 

But there are further conditions. We must always strengthen our will to pursue this end for life. It is necessary that our actions, our thoughts, our desires turn to this end. It is necessary that while living in the midst of men, in the sincere charity we avoid friendships downward. We all undergo the law of gravity in relation to sin. Today, however, it is difficult to find holy friends. Behind a friend or friend you can always hide a devil.

 

We can not rely on men today. Then, to avoid being in danger of being alone, it is necessary to make strong ties with the angels and saints, who are more alive and generous than many friends and friends. It does not mean then that human friendship is not possible, but a lot of prudence is needed especially between man and woman.

 

Today, however, for the spread of vice versus nature and good practice to practice prudence among people of the same sex. Most prudence for those who then cast a chastity vote, because the devil always has opportunities and temptations for him. Good day. tommasonuovo@yahoo.it

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

XVII week of ordinary time

Lc 11,1-4

 

1 Jesus was in a place to pray; When he was finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples." 2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say,

Father,

be sanctified by your name,

come your kingdom;

3 Give us daily our daily bread,

4 And forgive us our sins,

even we, in fact, forgive each of our debtors,

and do not abandon us to temptation. "

 

Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

When you pray say ...

Prayer for Jesus is with the air for us. I say this because the life Jesus lived in the flesh was the same that lived in the bosom of the Father, that is, a continuous communication between the Father and the Son that becomes personal love and thus a concrete person: the Holy Spirit.

 

Jesus as the Son of God lives his Son's life through prayer: day and night. This is the first testimony of his man's life, which precedes, accompanies and follows his ministry. He is always in constant dialogue with the Father because he lives in the Father: "I am the Father we are one (Gv).

 

It seems that Jesus instead of teaching to pray has told his disciples only a prayer to be performed, but it is not. In him the act of praying and prayer become one and so pointing to his disciples the prayer of our Father in his own person how to pray.

 

Jesus could only tell them what prayer to pray, but he did more, showed them how to pray, who to pray, and what content to put in praying. We think we have only a material life that is sustained because we breathe, eat, and drink, we do not consider that we have a life in the soul, who lives in our union with God.

 

Prayer is the way to know our inner life and to be in union with and communion with God. If we pay attention to the prayer of our Father reveals the identity of God, what he wants from us, and what can we ask with certainty. But in prayer with the Father there is room for all mankind for all his life. Knowing how to stand before the Father also means that we live in the Father and wait for Him what is good and we need in life, in view of our full and long-lasting being with Him.

 

The horizon of prayer is not this life, but eternal life. Those who pray like Jesus and with Jesus can only hope that the meeting with the Father is soon to come. But we must find the best ways and times for our prayers, both personal and liturgical. There is no suddenness, but it is cultivated assiduously, for it brings fruits of conversion and charity. As prayer opens to God so it opens to our neighbor, makes us sons and daughters not strangers and indifferent to each other. The heavenly horizon and the worldly horizon are the inseparable ends of prayer and even what makes it true. Mystical life must lead to man, like the life of charity to God. When we pray, therefore, we do not have to remove the eyes of the mind from Jesus and his prayer.

 

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

XXVII of Ordinary Time

Mt 21: 33-43

 

33 Listen to another parable: There was a man who owned a plot and planted a vineyard. He surrounded her with a hedge, dug a hole for the press and built a tower. She let her go to the peasants and went away.34 When the time came to pick up the fruits, she sent his servants to the farmers to collect the harvest.35 But the peasants took the servants, and one chased him, and another slaughtered him , another stoned him.36 He sent again more servants, more numerous than the first, but treated them in the same way. 37 Finally, he sent their own son, saying, "They will have respect for my son!" 38 But the peasants, seeing the son, said to one another, "This is the heir. And let us kill him, and we will have his inheritance. "39 So they took him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. 40 And when the master of the vineyard cometh, what shall he do unto these peasants? 41 They said to him, "Those wicked ones will make them die miserably, and will lease the vineyard to other peasants who will deliver the fruits to their own time."

42 And Jesus said unto them, Ye have not read in the scriptures:

The stone that manufacturers have discarded

it has become the cornerstone;

this was done by the Lord

and is it a wonder to our eyes?

43 Therefore I say unto you, that the kingdom of God shall be taken away from you, and it shall be given unto a people that shall bear fruit.

 

Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

The parable of murderous vintners: a watch for the Church today.

 

The parable of homicidal vintners is the third parable set in the vineyard which is read in the Gospel of Matthew. This parable is the final judgment on Israel's story: "Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away and given to a people who produce the fruits (v.43). This parable in its final proclaims the birth of a new people, called to produce those fruits that the master of the vineyard, that is, God, awaits.

 

We must wonder whether this parable is also directed at the principles of the priests and elders of today and all the people to whom the kingdom of God was once again entrusted, after the failure of Israel.

 

It is certainly also directed to us to help us understand that we are always in the possibility that God takes away the kingdom and entrusts it to others.

 

The kingdom of God, that is, the Gospel, faith in the past was delivered to the people, especially to the peoples of Europe, to bring it to all continents. Today the Gospel is widespread and present on all continents of the earth, but the people who had it before, after Israel, have now rejected it and insulted it. The prophet Isaiah says: Why, while I waited for grapes to grow, did she produce acorns? (Is 5,2c).

 

The risk that God's kingdom is taken away is concrete, today more than yesterday. Violence, injustice, denial of God are present in our lives. At all levels God expects holiness and is not found: to peoples levels, as the psalm says: Blessed is the people of whom God is the Lord.

 

At Church level: holiness does not correspond to the small number of saints and blessed proclaimed in a year, but it must be the visit card of the Church. Instead, the Church suffers because of many of her sons and daughters, who swap holiness with personal protagonism and have a morale that is certainly not the one of the commandments, crushed and replaced with the commandments of the world. God has the right to collect from each and every fruit of holiness, and we have the duty to produce them. The Church is present today in the presence of God and the wounded, humiliated, and despised world. The credibility it offers today is very low, yet it should present to the world the fruits of the vine of God, but these fruits of holiness are not there.

 

To which people God could give his kingdom today? God would not give it to any ethnic people, even though some people would deserve it. God is enough for two people to make a people. The people of God, to whom God continually passes over, is made of saints and is growing, even though today suffers from the scandals of his children and lives hidden, far from stakes, even ecclesials. This parable of homicidal vintners, however, remains a current warning, especially for today's holy Church, its princes and its elders. Have a nice Sunday. tommasonuovo@yahoo.it

 Parable of the two sons. 2012. Canvas, oil. 70 x 100. Artist A.N. Mironov
Parable of the two sons. 2012. Canvas, oil. 70 x 100. Artist A.N. Mironov

Sunday 1 october 2017

XXVI of Ordinary Time

Mt 21: 28-32

 

"What do you think? One man had two children. He turned to the first and said, "Son, today goes to work in the vineyard." 29 And he said, I will not. But then he regretted and went there. 30 He turned to the second and said the same. And he answered, "Yes, sir." But he did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of the father? " They answered: "The first." And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, The publicans and the harlots pass on to the kingdom of God. 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; publicists and prostitutes instead believed him. You, on the contrary, have seen these things, but then you have not even repented of believing him.

 

Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

A Father and his two children.

 

This parable that Jesus told about the principles of the

priests and people of the elders, is now called to us personally, because we can see what our situation is of Christians and Catholics in the face of the invitation of God the Father to take care of our salvation, that is to cultivate, preserve, and fruitate the vineyard of God, symbol of the soul, of the Church and of the world. Today we are faced with the situation that everyone does their own interests, no one does the interests of Christ: here are the two children who show us how we are.

 

We are Christians who say they are God, but they are not masked by God. We reserve God's time for a Mass of Sunday Mass, if I have nothing better to do. First of all, our interests, passions, comfort, vices or even our worries, ideas and thoughts and everything that is politically correct according to the world's ideology comes first. We want God to do what we ask him, until we reach the excesses (but also cessations) of San Petronio in Bologna.

 

We are also those children who say no to God, because it is not good for us what we are asked to do, we want our freedom of decision, thought and action. So the world has filled so much with God that they have taken the form of laws, customs, and customs that all take the name of the rights of the individual and are also called conquests of civilization. But strangely, they are those who say no to God in a public way and are known to repent and go to work in the vineyard of God. I'm certainly not better than others, but it is easier for them to grab God's grace and overtake them overwhelm in the river of his merciful love.

 

How long did the first child take care of the no one to repent? A few moments, like a whole life: one year two, five, ten, twenty, thirty years. Although God's pedagogy is to wait, our time is measured and above all short. What do we expect to change our no to God in a clear and definitive one? Waiting for the last minute ?. Because we go on to say so much to God and then deceive him by doing ours, not his will. What do we expect to go to work in his vineyard, which after a short time has an eternal harvest? We ask God's grace to repent and learn to reason and to have the same feelings as Christ Jesus. Good Sunday. tommasonuovo@yahoo.it