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Gospel to day: november 2017

Monday, November

27, 2017

XXXIV week of the ordinary time

Lc 21, 1-4


1 He opened his eyes, and saw the rich men cast their offerings into the treasury of the temple. 2 And he saw a poor widow cast out two coins, 3 and said, Verily I say unto thee, This poor widow hath cast more than all. 4 All these, in fact, have thrown as part of their superfluity. She, in her misery, threw everything she had to live. "


Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

The widow's treasure

The treasure of the Temple of Jerusalem consisted of voluntary offers, which the Jews did each time they went to the temple for worship. These offers were for temple maintenance, for priests' ministry, and for assisting the poor.


Jesus is in front of this treasure and he stops watching not just how much one offers but what he has in the heart when he makes the offer. Jesus does not praise the rich, who give abundant offerings from their superfluous, but praises a poor widow, who from all that he had to live. What is behind this generous gesture of this woman, who shakes the supposed generosity of the rich?


There are people, maybe we also know personally, who are generous in nature and even out of measure. This generosity often comes from an equally generous faith with God, who recognizes that he receives everything from God and therefore from all to God, always trusting in Him. In this "all" that is offered to God, there are not only our goods, to which we are often morbidly attached, but there is the same person from God himself to himself. So in the little offer of the poor widow there is herself, as if putting herself in the treasure of the temple. While the rich have offered nothing of themselves, the widow is offered to God.


Why are we so ungrateful to God and retract the hand we can offer to God? Apart from the lack of faith, we do not know God's omnipotence and his will to help us in every situation, even in economic terms. We rely little on God, we think that He asks us everything and then nothing. When, on the other hand, is He who gives us everything, while for Him we only give spilorcerie. Let us try to understand and experience how powerful God is and how much he can help us.


We must think and believe that this widow, who has come back to his home, has found God a hundred times so much that he has given all that he has to live. God is also grateful for a little gesture, done with sincerity of heart.


We begin to thank God for what he has given us and offer ourselves joyfully to Him. Nothing is lost of what we will place in the treasure of God. Thus the widow's widow has become the treasure of God and the treasure of God has become the widow's treasure. Good day.

Friday, November 24, 2017

XXXIII week of ordinary time

Lk 19: 45-48


45 And he went into the temple, and cast out those that sold, 46 and said unto them, It is written,

My home will be a house of prayer.

But you have made a lie of thieves. "

Every day he taught in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes sought to kill him, and so did the leaders of the people; 48 but they did not know what to do, for all the people were hanging from his lips to hear it.


Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

My home will be a house of prayer.


We should not hide behind a finger, as if the Gospel of today does not concern us. If the Gospel does not speak to us and to us, to whom do we speak?


Jesus, by dispossessing the sellers of the temple of Jerusalem, has restored to the temple its meaning and its role: it is the house of God and a place of prayer. This action of Christ and his words allow us to verify and judge whether our churches are homes of God and houses of prayer.


Today in the church certainly no oxen, sheep and doves are sold, and there are no currency changers. Today, you are using the House of God to sell yourself, your ideas, your own image, and sometimes to showcase your body. This applies especially to women, certainly not all, but when a woman dresses to go to church, she does not give up on the little seduction she can always place in her dress or hairdo, and this not only in view of pleasure for herself, but also in view of pleasure to others, sometimes even to the priest. No one says this, because it seems normal that one dresses well to go to church, not taking into account that today fashion and elegance go hand in hand with sensuality and lust, and so it is possible to sin just where it is not you should do it.


We are not talking about the improper use of churches, even if approved by the diocesan Curie: concerts of all kinds, art exhibitions, debates. It is usually thought to move the Most Holy from its throne, which is the tabernacle at the Sacristy, forgetting that if a Church is devoted and consecrated, all the space of the church is sacred because it is inhabited by the Holy Spirit and so the church is defiled and dissected . In this way, the faithful are educated to no longer consider the sacred place as the church, but merely a place destined for the community alone and not consecrated to God.


Today, the House of God is giving back the sacred, spiritual climate that allows prayer, gathering, listening, and dialogue with God. The Church cares for the Holy Eucharist, perhaps the only space, the tabernacle, which still belongs to God. The rest is occupied entirely by man and his works. Should Christ come back to teach us what zeal we must have for the house of God? The more we treat our soul, the more we brutalize the church. Do we think that Christ does not cry for what he sees today in church? Good day.

Monday 20 November 2017

XXXIII week of ordinary time

Lc 18, 35-43


As he approached Jericho, a blind man sat on the road to begging. 36 Listening to the people, he wondered what would happen. 37 They announced, "Pass Jesus, the Nazarene!" 38 Then he cried out, "Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me!" 39 Those who were walking forward scolded him for silence; but he shouted even more strongly: "Son of David, have mercy on me!" 40 Then Jesus stopped and commanded him to be led by him. When he was near, he asked, "What do you want me to do for you?" He replied, "Lord, that I see again!" 42 And Jesus said to him, "Have your sight again! Your faith has saved you. " 43 And immediately he saw us again, and began to follow him, glorifying God. And all the people saw, and praised God.


Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

Jericho's blind man: Master in asking God


Who today faces a personal situation of grave poverty, such as that of Jericho's blind man, forced to beg, turns to God with cries and supplications? It is thought that a disagreeable and desperate person turns spontaneously to God. Unfortunately, this does not happen or little happens.


 The most serious illness which man today suffers is the blindness of God, which leads to no longer seeing God in his life and not believing in his help. This blind man gives us courage, Jesus passes, the blind man is informed who is passing, he begins to shout with proper words, he does not fear reproach in his shame. It is no mistake to turn to the right person, to ask for the impossible for men. Jesus hears it at once by extolling his faith: "Your faith has saved you.


 Today, the problem of faith is so serious for the desperate ones, even those who are poor or ill invoke death on their own, instead of calling God. Only when we hear about miracles or prodigious facts turns a gaze a bit lost in empty to God, then the greed of life returns. Today, one must speak of the courage of faith: to have a faith that dares and who believes beyond hope. God is always ready to say, "What do you want me to do for you?" But we must always be ready without tire of asking God. Good day.


19 November 2017


Ordinary Time

Mt 25: 14-30


14 It will be like a man who, departing for a journey, called his servants and handed over his goods. 15 One gave five talents, one to another, one to another, according to the abilities of each one; then he left. Immediately 16 the one who had received five talents went to employ them, and earned five more. 17 So also the one who received two of them, he earned two more. 18 But instead of having received one talent, he went to make a hole in the ground and hid his master's money. 19 After a long time the master of those servants came back and wanted to settle the accounts with them. 20 The one who had received five talents came and brought five more, saying, "Lord, you have handed me five talents; here, I have earned five more. " 21 "Good, good and faithful servant," said his master, "you have been faithful in the least, I will give you power over; take part in the joy of your master. " 22 Then came he who had received two talents, and said, "Lord, you have given me two talents; here, I have earned two more. " 23 "Good, good and faithful servant," said his master, "you have been faithful in the least, I will give you power over; take part in the joy of your master. " 24 Finally he also came to the one who had received one talent and said, "Lord, I know you are a hard man, think where you did not sow and gather where you did not scatter.25 I was afraid and I went to hide your talent under the ground: here is what is yours. " 26 The master replied, "Wicked and lazy servant, you know that I have sown where I did not sow and gather where I have not scattered; 27 You should have given my money to the bankers and so, returning, I would have withdrawn my interest. 28 Take away the talent, and give it to those who have the ten talents. 29 For whosoever hath, it shall be given, and shall be in abundance; but who does not have, it will also take off what he has. 30 And the useless servant cast him out into the darkness; there will be weeping and tearing of teeth. "



Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

The talent parable


The talent parable is contained in Chapter 25 of the Gospel of Matthew, enclosed in the parable of the ten virgins, on the need to guard and the narrative of universal judgment. This parable is an invitation to work, awaiting the return of the master, who will ask for the talents received, to be returned multiplied.


The talent amounted to six thousand denars, that is, to the pay of six thousand days of work. The master distributes them according to each person's abilities. What do those servants do? The first two employ them immediately and double them, while the third puts talent underground. Why does this servant put him underground? He may be afraid of rubbing him or telling me whenever I want to go to work or he's just a liar who does not want to work. The result is that it has been delivered unnecessarily, it remains fruitless.


But let us pay attention to the meaning of talent. Perhaps Jesus meant talking about money? I do not think Jesus was dealing with financial investments. If it is not money then talents are the gifts with which God enriches a soul from baptism, to serve it in the multiplication of good.

These talents are the virtues a soul possesses and must develop with their exercise. These virtues are faith, hope and charity, and all those operations that descend from them. They must be used through the gift of God and neighbor. They multiply immediately because they have within the power of the Holy Spirit. All men who come to baptism and faith are endowed with it, unless these virtues are exercised and energies die in us and are likely to become vices.


The life of the saints has been a continuous gift of oneself to God and to the neighbor, manifested through the exercise of the gifts of God and through virtues lived in a heroic way, that is, to the utmost of the gift of himself. Think about what was the life of Saint Francis, Saint Dominic, of many saints and saints. They have certainly struggled and suffered, but the result was great: to the measure of God's gift.


I think that we can also do the story of so many saints who have not been made, because they did not realize that the gift they had received, even one talent, did not employ him to bear fruit according to God. Maybe among these failed saints we may be ourselves as well. So if we still have some time and conscience to do and win the laziness that already condemns us. We think at least that we will be asked for the use we have made of everything that has been given to us in this life. God's judgment is certain, as is certainly the award and also the condemnation.

Good day.


Friday, November 17, 2017

XXXII week of ordinary time

Lc 17, 26-37



26 As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the days of the Son of Man: 27 They ate, and drank, and took their wives, and took their husband, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and came the flood, and caused them all to die. 28 As it was in the days of Lot, they ate, drank, bought, sold, planted, built; 29 But on the day that Lot came out of Sodom, there was rain and sulfur from heaven, and he made them all die. 30 So it will be on the day when the Son of Man will be manifested. 31 In that day, whoever is on the terrace and leaves his property in the house, do not go down to take them; So, who will be in the field, do not go back. 32 Remember Lot's wife. 33 Whoever will seek to save his life will lose it; but who will lose it will keep it alive. 34 I tell you, in that night two of them will be in the same bed: one will be taken away and the other left, 35 two women will grind at the same place, one will be taken away and the other left " . [36] 37 Then they asked him, "Where, Lord?" And he said to them, "Where the corpse will be, the vultures will gather together there."


Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

The story repeats, then closes.


The story repeats itself: "As it was in the days of Noah." Only in the affair of Noah God gave humanity a "chance" to return to God's will. Instead, the day of the coming of the Son of Man will seal the story and all the wickedness it has produced in it.

The day of the Son of Man is no different from the days of Noah and Lot, and it will not be different from our days: they ate, drank, fell and married, bought, sold and planted, then God sent his punishment. in the day of the Son of man God sends his judgment. On that day, Jesus Christ will manifest himself in his divinity and dominion, now subject to faith and almost hidden in the holy signs, the sacraments.


The Lord's Day will also separate united people unless they are united in Christ, and the story will end dramatically. This is the cosmic drama of the end of the universe, of which there will be spectators who will be left on the earth. While those who will be abducted in heaven will enter the glory of God.

When history is finished, universal judgment will begin and, after judgment, eternal life or eternal death in the underworld.


These are the words of Christ. So knowing how story is going to end is for us a gift of grace, for our lives have a happy and eternal outcome. We wish this for all men. But let us first be concerned with being abducted with Christ in glory. Good day.


16 November 2017

XXXII week

of ordinary time

Lc 17,20-25


The Pharisees asked him, "When will the kingdom of God come?" He replied: "The kingdom of God does not come to attract attention, 21 and no one will say," Here it is here, "or:" Here it is. " For, behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.

22 Then he said to the disciples, "There will be times when you will want to see only one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. 23 They will tell you, "Here it is," or: "Here it is!" Do not go, do not follow them. 24 For as the lightning shineth from head to toe in the sky, so is the Son of man in his day. 25 But first it is necessary that he suffer a lot and be rejected by this generation.


Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

The kingdom of God is in our midst.


The earth, after sin of origin, is prey to man, and has established its kingdom on it. The question that the Pharisees do to Jesus, "Lord, when will the kingdom of God come?" Also applies to our time. Many men wonder when the kingdom of God will come, because they are tired of the way man reigns on earth: by violence, pride, and arrogance of being the master of the earth, in injustice, in exploitation. The earth is impregnated by the fratricidal blood of man.


Although it is the earth and all the universe of God, there is something that reveals the presence of God and the beginning of his kingdom on earth: the heart of man. This is the center of the kingdom of God and from the heart starts the expansion and the recapture of the earth, which man so much contends with God.


Right in the heart lives God and here meets man and his life. Through the heart of man the kingdom of God passes through the earth.

The kingdom of God assumes nothing outward, visible, or extraordinary; it is a small seed, a bit of yeast, but has the power to renew creation, starting with man himself.

On the day when God's plan will be fulfilled, the whole world will recount in the kingdom of God in an instant. The kingdom of God begins inwardly, but then it will be revealed in all creation, with the power and glory of which it is carried.

The beginning of the coming of the kingdom of God will be with the repudiation of the Son of God Jesus Christ and with his suffering, which will reveal the wickedness of all human power and at the same time the greatness of God's love in his infinite, prepared kingdom for all men but offered to those who have chosen to enter. Good day.

Wednesday 15 November 2017

XXXII week of ordinary time

Lk 17: 11-19


Along the way to Jerusalem, Jesus crossed Samaria and Galilee. 12Traveling in a village, ten lepers met him, who stopped at a distance 13 and said aloud, "Jesus, master, have mercy on us!" 14As he saw them, Jesus said to them, "Go and present them to the priests." And as they went, they were purified. 15And one of them, seeing healed, went back praising God with a loud voice, 16 and bowed before Jesus at his feet to thank him. He was a Samaritan. 17But Jesus observed, "Have not been purified of ten? And the other nine where am I? 18 Is there no one who comes back to glorify God, other than this stranger? " 19 He said to him, "Get up and go; Your faith has saved you! "


Comment by Tommaso Nuovo.

The ten lepers and scientists of today.


he miracle of ten lepers healed by Jesus and the lack of thanks of nine of them, but of one, and moreover, Samaritan, makes me think of how God works in the world and in the whole universe, and the fact that not only you are not grateful to Him for so much love, but you do not even recognize God's work.


One of the culprits in this sense is science, which, while looking for the origin of things, can not come back to God's creation. God is not a phenomenon, he is a person, and to know him, it is necessary to enter into dialogue with him, to have faith in Him. If the majority of scientists are atheists, their research and studies are myopic about God. While their old colleagues were believers, and observation and study united the Catholic Christian faith. Every discovery they did was also a step in the faith. If these men had the tools available to today's scientists, they would have discovered and studied many things. But these men helped out of faith have had more light to understand and reveal the mysteries of life.


More than two centuries of atheistic and positivistic rationalism have left a negative sign on the men of science, orienting science to a frequent use of knowledge.


Only if the Lord Jesus Christ opens his eyes and hearts to the scientists he can hope to bring God into the closed world of Science.

Only if the Lord heals the leprosy of the atheism and the religious indifference of scientists, one can hope for more from science.


The condition is that personally they recognize sick as leprosy and with confidence they cry to Jesus, calling him Master.

The conversion of only one of these scientists can pave the way for the return of many others.


But let us also think of ourselves in that group of ten lepers, thanking Jesus Christ forever, who never stops, day and night to do us good and to save us from the leprosy of sin.


Good day.