VIAGGIO SPIRITUALE: di Tommaso Nuovo
Gospel to day: march 2018
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Fifth week of Lent
Jn 12, 20-33
20 Among those who had gone to the cult during the festival there were also some Greeks. 21 These came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, "Lord, we want to see Jesus." 22 Philip went to tell Andrew, and then Andrew and Philip went to tell Jesus.
23 Jesus answered them, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
24 Verily, verily, I say to you, if the grain of wheat, fallen on the ground, does not die, it remains alone; if instead it dies, it produces a lot of fruit.
25 He who loves his life loses it and who hates his life in this world, he will keep it for eternal life.
26 If anyone wants to serve me, follow me, and where I am, there will also be my servant. If one serves me, the Father will honor him.
27 Now my soul is troubled; what will I say? Father, save me from this hour? But for this I arrived at this time! 28 Father, glorify your name. " Then came a voice from heaven: "I have glorified him and will glorify him again!"
29 The crowd, who was present and had heard, said it was a thunder. Others said, "An angel spoke to him."
30 Jesus said: "This voice did not come for me, but for you.
31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the prince of this world will be thrown out.
32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself. " 33 He said this to indicate what death he should die.
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
Write them on the heart
This page, of the visit of the Greeks, who want to see Jesus, introduces us to the understanding of the events that dramatically involved Jesus and consequently each one of us.
The Greeks want to see Jesus: they have seen his triumphal entry and want to know him personally. But more than seeing Jesus listen to him. This must be our basic attitude. Faith does not depend on vision, but on listening.
Jesus makes a speech, a monologue, anticipates his disciples and us who come from the pagans (the Greeks) the sense of what is about to happen.
The hour has come for the full revelation of God the Father in his Son Jesus Christ. What happens can only be understood by those who have faith and recognize the divinity of Jesus Christ.
At the end of Lent we must cling to the person of Jesus to enter into his mystery of death and resurrection. The words of this Gospel we are called to write them on the heart, because only they can remain and bear fruit. Indeed, the whole Word of God, though listened to with the ear, understood with the mind, must then be written on the heart, because it has to do with the person of Jesus Christ, who for love has gone on the cross for me, in my place.
Let us write on the heart these extraordinary words: "Truly, truly, I say to you, if the grain of wheat, fallen on the ground, does not die, it remains alone, but if it dies, it produces much fruit." (Jn 12,24) wheat is Jesus and united to Him too, why am I afraid then to lose my life?
Here is what I have to write about my heart: "He who loves his life loses it and who hates his life in this world, he will keep it for eternal life. I look to Jesus and to the result of his life. Then I look at myself and my very poor results. To what victory do I want to participate in that of egoism or that of Jesus Christ.
Now another word to write on the heart: If one wants to serve me, follow me, and where I am, there will also be my servant. If one serves me, the Father will honor him. He is not just any father but the Father of Jesus Christ. These are some of the words to be written on the heart with the love that Jesus brings us and with the love that we want and we must show to Jesus. We can not enter with an empty heart in the holy days of passion that are near now. Have a nice Sunday. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday. March 11, 2018
Fourth of Lent
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not be lost, but may have eternal life. 17 God, in fact, did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but because the world is saved through him. 18 He who believes in him is not condemned; but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And the judgment is this: the light has come into the world, but men have loved the darkness more than the light, because their works were evil. 20 Whoever does evil, hates the light, and does not come to the light so that his works may not be reprobated. 21 But he who does the truth comes towards the light, so that he may clearly see that his works have been done in God. "
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
The two rooms of the Lent
Lent has a horizon towards which they walk. On the one hand it is the celebration of the Passover of the Lord, on the other the celebration of our Passover of death and resurrection. The Easter of Christ and ours do not prepare them as the Christmas Festival, adopted by the world of consumption, (in the markets at most there are cakes in the shape of doves, chocolate eggs or slaughtered some lamb for Easter lunch), but it requires a more interior and spiritual preparation, in contact with the mystery of Christ, with his passion, death and resurrection. It is necessary to enter within us, to prepare for the encounter with the paschal Christ, dead and risen. We need to enter two interior rooms through two doors, which only we can choose or open or leave closed.
The first door we have to open is that which leads us into the inner room of sin, in contact with our sin, above all of infidelity to God and idolatry, which were the cause of the end of Jerusalem of kings and prophets and I am the because of so many moral and material debris of our time. The sin of infidelity to God and idolatry are both personal as collective. If we go through the door and enter our conscience we see them all hanging there, well exposed, who does not see them is because he has removed them, does not consider them sins, but free choices. This is normal for someone who has removed God from his life and has put himself in the place of God. But whoever accepts to look at them begins to charge himself with pain and repentance. You just have to look at them, you do not have to justify yourself and charge yourself with pain and repentance. In fact without pain as there can be repentance. It may be annoying to see or review one's sin, but it is necessary in view of conversion.
The second door we have to open is that of Love, of crucified Love. We open it and enter, after closing the door behind us. In this room we find a large crucifix. It is not just a representation, it is Christ, Love, it is crucified Love. Load of pain and repentance you can stand at his feet, letting yourselves be washed by the blood that comes from the side of Christ and which continues to flood the world through the Church and the sacraments.
You can not get to Easter, the one that changes the heart of man without entering these two rooms. In my twenty-year experience I have seen people come to celebrate the Easter vigil, weeping with joy. They had entered the two rooms and had come out with new heart and life. I wish this and all of you for a new Easter, called to be a new Easter for us. Good day.
Saturday 10 March 2018
Third week of Lent
9 This parable once more said to some who had an intimate presumption of being righteous and despised others: 10 "Two men went up to the temple to pray: one was a Pharisee and the other publican. 11 The Pharisee, standing up, prayed so to himself: "O God, I thank you because I am not like other men, thieves, unjust, adulterers, or even like this publican. 12 I fast two times a week and pay the tithes of all I have. " 13 But the publican, standing at a distance, did not even dare to raise his eyes to heaven, but he beat his breast and said, "O God, have mercy on me a sinner." 14 I tell you, these, unlike the other, returned home justified, because whoever exalts himself will be humiliated, but those who humiliate will be exalted. "
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
The prayer that changes man.
The parable of the Pharisee and the publican at the temple is more than a parable. It must be borne in mind that Jesus did much of his activity in Jerusalem and in the temple, so he often observed those who went up to pray. Jesus saw the outside and the inside of those people in prayer, as he sees each of us. We must know that we are always before the eyes of God, especially when we pray.
Jesus with this parable helps us to see our prayer from where it starts, if it is self-celebratory, if it asks God for mercy, if it reaches the heart of God.
We are not there to show the diversity of both requests and prayers between the publican and the Pharisee. Both prayers come before God, only heard by Him, but only one is heard, that of the publican: "... he returned to his house justified," that is, saved. He recognizes himself as a sinner, asks for pity on God's part, shows himself repentant for the shame he manifests by placing himself in the last place and standing at a distance. His prayer is answered because he asks well, he starts from his heart and reaches the heart of God. God works the power of prayer and faith, able to reach the heart of God.
What happened after? Will the publican have changed his life? The Pharisee certainly not. The publican instead. I like to think that the publican was called Levi. I like to think that Levi has returned home and his work, in a "new" way. I like to think that Jesus has passed and called him, he called that publican he had seen at the temple. Levi did not hesitate and immediately followed him.
This is what a prayer made like God commands: it changes the heart, saves man and makes him capable of responding to God who calls him. What if it went like that? Good day. email@example.com
Friday 9 March 2018
Third week of Lent
28 Then one of the scribes who had heard them approached him and, seeing how well he had answered them, asked him, "What is the first of all the commandments?" 29 Jesus answered: "The first one is: Listen, Israel! The Lord our God is the only Lord; 30 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. 31 The second is this: You will love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these. " 32 The scribe said to him, "You have said well, Teacher, and according to truth, that He is one and there are no others but Him; 33 loving him with all our heart, with all our intelligence and with all our strength and loving our neighbor as himself, is worth more than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices ». 34 Seeing that he had answered wisely, Jesus said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And no one had the courage to question him.
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
God in the first place?
The scribe asks Jesus and also questions each one of us. In short, this is the question that makes us: "As believers it is faithful what we put in first place? It is not a question, and does not require a hasty or superficial response, to put in the first place means to give the maximum importance. There is nothing in the first place, because we certainly do not put God, things and ourselves on the same level To understand what we put first, we need to see what we care about most of our lives and see immediately what order we put things.
Honestly speaking, we know God's commandment, but we do not put it first. We say so in words, but then in the first place we put ourselves, our needs, our things, our concerns. Then comes God in second place? No others come, but still in view of ourselves, because it is difficult to live alone and we always need everything and everyone. So is God in third place? Not even in a dream, come our plans, our thoughts, our ambitions. To put it simply, the harsh reality is that we put God in the last place or at least after us. This is reality. This is why we are given a commandment where we are asked to love God with all our heart with all our soul and mind, not only because everything depends on Him is the existence of things, but because we easily remove God from his first place.
How can we put God first? It is a question of God's love, to make us prevail over ourselves and our self-love and mind to accept the truth and embrace it without doubting. It is a question of heart and gratitude to God, who always puts us first and even sacrificed the Son to show us how much he loves us. We must not forget this. Putting God first is a great motive for conversion, putting what God wants first is the way to renew our heart and our life. Good day.
Thursday 8 March 2018
Third week of Lent
Lk 11: 14-23
14 Jesus was casting out a demon that was dumb. When the demon came out, the silent one began to speak and the crowds were taken by surprise. 15 But some said, "It is through Beelzebul, head of the demons, that he cast out demons." 16 Others then asked him for a sign from heaven to test him. 17 Knowing their intentions, he said: "Every kingdom divided in itself is in ruins and one house falls on the other. 18 Now, if Satan is also divided in himself, how can his kingdom stand? You say that I drive out demons by Beelzebùl. 19 But if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, your sons by whom cast them out? For this they will be your judges. 20 But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.
21 When a strong man, well armed, guards his palace, what he possesses is safe.22 But if someone stronger than him wins it, he snatches away the weapons in which he confided and divides his booty. 23 Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
A silent demon who speaks only to deny the truth
Jesus drives out a mute demon, that is, that he does not have his own voice, his own word, but he takes it from his possessor, making the unfortunate dumb. Jesus drives away this demon and the silent returns to speak. But another fact happens: on the one hand the crowds are taken by surprise and on the other some begin to slander Jesus: "It is in the name of Belzebul, head of the DemonsÈ through Beelzebùl, head of the demons, that he drives away the demons ". Apart from the nonsense of what they say, we want to deny the evidence at all costs, namely the irruption in the history of God, his presence and his action of salvation.
Today we find ourselves dealing not only with silent demons, but with real people, who try to deny the truth and tarnish the Church in every way. Even in the Church, individual scandals, which are of particular concern to priests, are self-ruling in favor of evil against the Church that suffers all, even for one son who is wrong.
The holiness of the Church must be kept high. The scandals are inevitable that there are. However, it is necessary to show more the holiness of an army consecrated to God, who knows how to respond to the accusations of the world with concrete facts. There will always be the detractors of Truth. They are also in their stock. They will be satisfied with what they continue to cook. But every cleric must guard against being scandalized, that the whole Church is struck. Good day. firstname.lastname@example.org
March 7, 2018
Third week of Lent
Mt 5 17-19
17 Do not believe that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to give full fulfillment.18 Truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, there will not be a single iota or a single dash of the Law, without everything having happened. 19 Therefore whoever will transgress one of these least precepts and teach others to do the same will be considered minimal in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever observes them and teaches them will be considered great in the kingdom of heaven.
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
Objective eternal life
Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the law and the prophets by his death and resurrection, makes God's law capable of giving life, the true one without limiting man in his aspirations
But let us return to reflect and meditate on the commandments of God, the law and the prophets, to whom God binds the promise to give a land to the observer: "Now, Israel, listen to the laws and the norms that I teach you, so that you may put them in practice, so that you may live and enter into possession of the land that the Lord, God of your fathers, is about to give you. (Dt 4: 1).
God asks the observance of his Word, in order to live and enter the promised land. But this promise is also valid for us, who are not called to take possession of the land of Canaan, but of heavenly heaven. Taking possession of paradise is not a right, but the logical consequence of a life lived in view of it, preparing us to live with God in eternity. But how do we prepare for eternity?
First of all eternal life must be the final goal of man. We have many objectives in this life, but there must be one that drives and guides all intermediate goals, which must be oriented, like the compass needle, in the same direction. For this reason it is necessary to work for our sanctification, moved by the Holy Spirit. God has given us the commandments because they allow us to live well here on earth, to make others live well and prepare us to live in eternity.
They give us a way of life like that of heaven, without sins, without passions, without suffering, without the search for sense satisfaction, which instead makes us slaves of our drives. Life in the commandments and in the virtues is but a preparation, because what will be delivered to us in eternal life infinitely overcomes every expectation of the earth.
Why do I have to renounce on this land the pleasures I have the chance to have? Because the pleasures of which I enjoy today at my death will be taken away from me and then they themselves are a preparation for the infernal life as they bring the soul to extinguish the desire of God, igniting the passions of the senses. While what I will be deprived of will be given to me in abundance in eternity in the measure of God.
Now the very serious problem lies in the mixture of objectives we aspire to here on earth: human ambitions, spiritual aspirations, worldly life and the pursuit of holiness fight each other without giving everyone the space they deserve, based on the value they express and man remains still, disappointed in everything, never satiated, always empty in the heart. Worldly aspirations take the upper hand over that of the spirit, the eternal sky is darkened, it is erased from the horizon. Human goals become the absolute of man and the true Absolute of man, that is, God becomes relative, according to the space I leave him: little or nothing.
The way of the commandments of God and of the virtues does not take away the possibility of having human goals, but directs them towards the final and total goal of man. Those who neglect this goal, while believing in it, end up in the desperate rush of man towards the search for what seems to satisfy him for a moment, but then he disappoints him eternally. If we want to give the commandments of God a sense we use them to do good and to acquire the only good necessary to fulfill our life: eternal life. Good day.
Saturday 3 March 2018
Second week of Lent
Lk 15.1-3. 11-32
1 All tax collectors and sinners approached him to listen to him. 2 The Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying: "He welcomes sinners and eats with them." 3 And he told them this parable.
11 He said again: "A man had two sons. 12 The younger of the two said to his father: "Father, give me the part of my inheritance". And he divided his substances among them. 13 A few days later, the youngest son, collected all his belongings, left for a distant country and there he squandered his wealth by living in a dissolute way. 14 When he had spent everything, a great famine arrived in that country and he began to find himself in need. 15 Then he went to serve one of the inhabitants of that region, who sent him to his fields to graze the pigs. 16 He would have liked to be satisfied with the carobs that pigs fed on; but nobody gave him anything. 17 Then he returned to himself and said, "How many of my father's salaried have plenty of bread and I'm starving to death! 18 I will get up, go to my father, and say to him, "Father, I have sinned against Heaven and before you; 19 I'm no longer worthy of being called your son. Treat me as one of your wage earners ". 20 He got up and went back to his father.
When he was still far away, his father saw him, had compassion, ran to meet him, threw himself on his neck and kissed him. 21 The son said to him, "Father, I have sinned against Heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy of being called your son ". 22 But the father said to the servants: "Soon, bring here the most beautiful dress and have it worn, put the ring on his finger and the sandals on his feet. 23 Take the fatted calf, kill it, eat and party, 24 because my son was dead and he came back to life, he was lost and he was found again ". And they began partying.
25 The eldest son was in the fields. On his return, when he was near home, he heard the music and the dances; 26 called one of the servants and asked him what all this was. 27 And he said to him, "Your brother is here and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has recovered it safe and sound." 28 He was indignant, and did not want to enter. His father then went out to beg him. 29 But he answered his father, "Behold, I have served you for many years, and I have never disobeyed your command, and you have never given me a kid to party with my friends. 30 But now that your son has returned, who has devoured your substance with prostitutes, you have killed the fatted calf for him. " 31 His father answered him, "Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours; 32 but it was necessary to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours had died and came back to life, was lost and was found again "».
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
The Parable of the eternal Father.
The parable offered today for our meditation speaks to us of Jesus' attitude towards publicans and sinners and photographs the heart of God, expressed in the behavior of the Father, together with our real situation expressed by the two sons: minor and the major.
Why does Jesus tell this parable? One reason is related to the religious environment of that time that excluded from religious life easily sinners, publicans (tax collectors and administrators of the Romans) and those who came in contact with them.
Jesus addresses them as well as the Pharisees and the scribes, who judge him for his behavior towards publicans and sinners.
The other more general reason is that Jesus speaks to everyone about God and how his fatherhood manifests towards his children, minor or greater than they are. The true prodigal is really He, the Father, not as a dissipator of substances, but a prodigal of love for all. This wants to make Jesus known. The behavior of the Father who gives his younger son what belongs to him, even before inheriting, means how God puts our lives in our hands, when we want to affirm our freedom, without objection. This is a risk from God, because man's freedom can take us far from Him, but this does not diminish God's love for us.
Why does the father and therefore God act like this? No doubt to say that from the Father to the departing child there is a strong, almost indissoluble bond, that no good, no distance can separate. The younger son, on the other hand, wants to lose his identity, break every bond and relationship with his father, living in a foreign country of dissolute.
In the behavior of the youngest child we must recognize everyone, even those who consider themselves attentive to the trap of the excessive use of goods. The real problem consists in detachment from the father, from God. If from the human side the detachment from the natural father is positive, in view of a maturation of the person, the detachment from the heavenly Father leads to the loss of oneself and every link with God, that can not be replaced by people or things that are.
Only if one re-enters oneself by looking at the real situation in which we have fallen, far from the Father, brings us back to the true problem, to true sin, which makes us die of hunger, not of food, but of love. Far from Heavenly Father, we also move away from the source of love, which makes us know that we are children forever. The younger son acknowledges having sin against heaven, that is, against God, who gave him the gift of the condition of a son, which he rediscovers in sin and misery. The journey back to the Father is the journey of conversion and return to God of us all, which results in the rediscovered experience of the tender and caring love of the Father. No reproach, no judgment, just joy and celebration
Even the eldest son represents each of us. Even though he lives with the Father, he is far from him, he lives at home like a stranger, worried more than his friends than his father. He judges everyone: the Father, because he celebrates his son because he has had the nerve to return home. The Father offers him reasons and invites him to resume his identity as son and brother, and begs him to come to the party. A rediscovered child is worth more than any lost good. We do not realize how much God loves us personally and how much we can become strangers to Him, while always living under the same roof. God is not a Father far from children, they are in sons, all men, who do not know well the Father, in his love. We transfer this parable to our lives and we will discover how God is made and how we too are. Good day.