VIAGGIO SPIRITUALE: di Tommaso Nuovo
Gospel to day: november 2018
Sunday 25 November 2018
Solemnity of Christ the King of the universe
XXXIV of ordinary time
Jn 18: 33-37
33 Then Pilate returned to the praetorium, called Jesus, and said to him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" 34 Jesus answered, "Do you say this to yourself, or have others spoken to you about me?" 35 Pilate said, "Am I a Jew? Your people and the chief priests have given you to me. What have you done?". 36 Jesus answered: "My kingdom is not of this world; if my kingdom were of this world, my servants would fight because I was not handed over to the Jews; but my kingdom is not from here ». 37 Then Pilate said to him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered: "You say it: I am king. This is why I was born and for this I came into the world: to bear witness to the truth. Whoever is from the truth, listen to my voice. "
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
Long live Christ the King and then I do what I want.
In this scene of passion, Pilate, representative of Roman power, is called to judge Jesus, his being King of the Jews. This is the passion, it is the violence that even today Jesus suffers: moved away from society in the nations, from the men that he himself created and for whom he gave his life, and is still persecuted and killed in his faithful.
Being the King of Jesus is not a title, but an actual condition of his person, because for his death and resurrection, he is the alpha and omega of history, the first and last of the living the Son of God only begotten, who has the primacy over everything and everyone. Even if it is still little to say that Jesus Christ is the King of the universe, it is necessary to learn to relate to him with the dignity and sanctity that belongs to him rightfully.
There is no use at all for parties, proclamations or declarations that Jesus Christ is the King of the universe if everyone does not submit to Him, does not let himself be guided, does not accept him as Head and does not obey his will. Let's say in words that Jesus Christ is the King of the universe and then we do what we want.
We want to declare that Jesus Christ is our King? Then it really is: submission, obedience, service, listening to His word, imitation, gift of oneself to death as He did for us. We are not the kings of our life, we have only one king, one Lord and this is Jesus Christ. He will one day be our judge too, so we are careful to recognize him here on earth, to be recognized as his children in heaven. The day will come when we will be persecuted for our faith in Jesus Christ. Are we ready to die for our King, like the Catholic martyrs of the Spanish Civil War, who died shouting Christ King alive? Let's try to answer this question and make a good examination of conscience on our way of being Christians, because the time has become short.
Monday 5 November 2018
XXXI week of ordinary time
Lk 14: 12-14
12 He then said to the one who had invited him: "When you offer a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, because they in turn will not invite you too and you have the exchange. 13 On the contrary, when you offer a banquet, invite poor, crippled, lame, blind; 14 and you will be blessed because they do not have to repay you. For you will receive your reward for the resurrection of the righteous. "
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
The temptation of reciprocation
How easily we yield to the temptation of reciprocation: I do something to you and you do something to me; I give something to you and you give it to me. And if you do not make me, or you do not give me, I speak badly of you right away. Or how many people say, "I've always done good in my life and what I've just got kicks in the back." So what should God say about us for all he has done and given to each of us?
We want to be true disciples of Jesus Christ, then we must imitate his style: in giving without measure and without waiting for any reward, no return. The only reward and the only return to hope for is that which comes from Christ and he does not allow himself to be won by anyone in this life.
The example of the saints is extraordinary. They became champions in generosity because they had learned to compete with Christ, knowing full well that He had already won by giving all of himself to us.
We learn to think that whatever we give or do to others especially to the poor, even those who want to take advantage of our good faith we do it to Christ. So when we are in need we can turn to Him without being ashamed.Good day.