VIAGGIO SPIRITUALE di Tommaso Nuovo
Gospel to day: september 2017
Monday 25 September 2017
XXV seventh ordinary time
Lk 8: 16-18
16 No one lights a lamp and covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but places it on a candlestick, for whoever enters see the light. 17 There is nothing secret that is not manifested, nothing hidden that is not known and comes to light. 18 Watch therefore how you listen; because whoever has, will be given, but who does not have, will also take away what he believes to have. "
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
Light, lamp and candlestick
Even though today, in most homes in the world, there is electric current and artificial light, the principle is always that: a lamp is burning because it receives the energy to produce light.
Concerning the Word of God, this light consists of the Holy Spirit, who through the Word of God makes fire of love and truth to those who possess it. Possessing the Word means having a continuous contact with it and with the Holy Spirit and with whom it conveys the Church and its bearing Tradition in the centuries of the Truths that are going to heaven.
Possessing light, the Word is not only a requirement of the cleric preachers, it is also a requirement of every Christian, of every Catholic. The Word that illuminates it is received through the liturgy, catechesis, but also in personal reading as the CCC points out at No. 133: The Church "exhorts and exhorts all the faithful ... to learn" the sublime science of Jesus Christ "(Phil 3: 8) with the frequent reading of the divine Scriptures." Ignorance of Scripture is, in fact, ignorance of Christ "(St. Jerome)" [Conc. Ecum Vat II, Dei Verbum, 21].
To possess the Word means knowing Sacred Scripture well and "navigating in it" in order to grasp the red thread that binds one word to another, a verse, a page with another, because the Word is commented on with the Word.
Commenting on this page of the Gospel I use the Word of Psalm 118, verse 105: "The lamp for my steps is your word, light on my path. The lamp and the light together do one thing, while different things serve the other: the light from a sense to the lamp and the lamp is put to the service of light, because it shines.
Jesus speaks of the lamp and says it should be placed on a candlestick because those who enter will see the light. The candlestick is usually high and corresponds to a tall, holy life. In this way the light shines and lights. Those who possess the Word to enlighten have more to do with the sanctity than with the science of the Word. Without the first even if there is the second is how to put the lamp under a bed. This is mediocre Christian life, which does not allow the light to shine from the lamp.
There is a need to pray very much because in the Church, who has the Science of the Word, also has the holiness of life, both a tall candlestick on the top. If the world is in darkness it is because the Christian does not enlighten this world with holiness and with the Word. This is the commitment of every day. Good day.
Sunday 24 September 2017
XXV of Ordinary Time
1 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a lord of the house, who went out to dawn to labor for his vineyard. He agreed with them for a day's money and sent them into his vineyard. 3 And he went out at nine o'clock in the morning, and saw other people standing in the plain, who were unemployed. 4 And he said unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; what is right I will give you. " 5 And they went. He went out again midday, and about three o'clock, and did the same. 6 Still at about five o'clock, he saw others standing there and saying to them, "Why are you here all day without doing anything?" 7 They answered, "Because no one has taken us into the day." And he said unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard.
8 When it was evening, the master of the vineyard said to her, "Call the workers and pay them, starting from the last to the first." 9 The five o'clock in the afternoon came, each one receiving money. 10 When the first arrived, they thought they would receive more. But they also received money each. 11 But when they had withdrawn him, they murmured against Master 12, saying, "The latter have worked only one hour, and have treated them as we have borne the weight of the day, and the heat." 13 But the master answered one of them, saying, "Friend, I do not wrong you. Have not you agreed with me for money? 14 Take yours and leave. But I also want to give this to you as well: 15 can I not do my things what I want? Or are you envious because I am good? " 16 So the last shall be first, and the first, last.
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
The first will be the last
There is no danger Jesus does not deal with unjust pay or pay. Jesus does not belong and no party, he has never even had the honorary card of Cristina Democracy, has been enrolled into trade unions or associations of entrepreneurs. Jesus is totally free. His thoughts are not our thoughts, and his ways are not our ways. He calls everyone to work in his vineyard that is both the whole world, the Church, each soul in which he lives for the baptism he has received.
Once Jesus came out to look for workers for his vineyard and always found someone on the square waiting to be taken in the day. Today Jesus comes out and finds the deserted square. There is no one who is willing to work in his vineyard. The rumor spread that Jesus does not pay as he pays the world, he does everything from the end. In addition, many have left their lives in the vineyard, even with a violent death. In the meantime, the vineyard becomes wild, wild snakes and beasts flee. It is not cultivated, it does not harvest. The vine seems abandoned by both God and men. What about this vineyard? This is not the end of this parable, but the current situation. If Jesus does not find workers here among those who received the Gospel first, he will turn to others. He will be on other squares to call and who will go to work in the vineyard will be able to enjoy the fruit from now on even those who have worked before, but he has not been able to grow the fruits that God expects from his vineyard.
If once this mysterious prophecy of Jesus was addressed to Israel, it is now addressed to us: the last will be the first, the first, the last. And Jesus adds: He who has ears intends. Good day.
Saturday 23 September 2017
XXIV week of ordinary time
Lc 8, 4-15
4 For a great crowd gathered together, and people came to him from every city, Jesus said to him with a parable: 5 "The sower went out to sow his seed. While sowing, one part fell along the way and was trampled on, and the birds of the sky ate it. 6 Another part fell on the stone and, just sprouted, dried up for lack of moisture. 7 Another part fell in the midst of the rows, and the rows, which grew up with it, choked it. 8 Another part fell on the good soil, sprouted and made a hundred times so much. " Having said this, he exclaimed: "Who has ears to hear, listen?"
9 His disciples questioned him about the meaning of the parable. 10 And he said, "To you is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to others only with parables, so that
seeing they do not see
and listening do not understand.
11 The meaning of the parable is this: the seed is the word of God. 12 The fallen seeds along the way are those who have listened to it, but then comes the devil and takes away the Word from their heart, believing they are saved. Those on the stone are those who, when they hear, receive the Word with joy, but have no root; they believe for some time, but in the time of the test they are less. 14 Those fallen in the midst of the trenches are those who, after listening to the road, let themselves be suffocated by the worries, riches and pleasures of life, and they do not come to maturity. 15 Those on the good ground are those who, after listening to the Word with an integer and good heart, guard it and produce fruit with perseverance.
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
The Word of Jesus awaits our hearts.
What mystery encloses the Word of Jesus, so much so that He compares it to a seed intended to bear fruit? The mystery is understood if we do not separate the Word of Christ from Christ Himself. The word of Christ, as the word of God in general is Christ himself, is God who reveals himself and manifests himself in order to be able to participate in his divine life. Thus says the Lord in the Gospel of John: My words are Spirit and life (cf. Jn 6: 63).
Jesus Christ's words communicate God to those who welcome them and give eternal life to those who put them into practice. Jesus compares the spread of the word to a sower who makes a plentiful sowing on men and their hearts. Jesus describes them so that we can examine what the heart of our heart is and begin, if we have not done so yet, to work to make it productive.
The Word of God only waits for this, that we remove rocks, rope spines, remove that hardness of heart that is comparable to an asphalted road or dirt. We must ask God's grace to know how to examine our heart and then ask for help to God himself to work it out. How do you get the heart of the heart? You are crowned with the cross: suffering trials difficulties and inconveniences.
With hammer and chisel shots like Padre Pio said. If we do not allow God to work our heart his Word can not go down deep and bring that fruit to which it is destined. It is not just a metaphor of this parable of the sower, but it is a help for us because we put ourselves to work and follow the work of God. The fruits of this sowing are certain. Good day.
22 September 2017
of ordinary time
1 He later went to cities and villages, preaching and announcing the good news of the kingdom of God. There were with him the Twelve and some women who had been healed by evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Maddalena, from whom seven demons came out; 3 Giovanna, wife of Cuza, governor of Herod; Susanna and many others, who served them with their belongings.
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
Jesus serves his Church by sanctifying it
Who was it that served the most in the group that Jesus had with Him? Peter so spontaneous and energetic or some other apostle? The women here quoted? No! no one more than Jesus was at the service of all day and night, in the manifestation of his holiness and in the continuous action of sanctification of the whole group.
We are always behind enhancing the availability of women following Jesus and projecting it to our day to demagogically exaggerate the role of woman in the Church, indicating as a goal a church to the female. There is no one besides this, but no one who now serves the Holy Church more than Jesus Christ and His Most Holy Mother.
All vocations are a service in the Church and the Church, but to be such they must be the continuation of the service of love of Jesus and Mary. The only reality that needs to have more space in the Church is not the woman in man , but the holiness of life. Only then can the Church respond to many malicious judgments that every day they do on the Church because of their sons and daughters. One has to wonder why Jesus and his group have never been accused of making an indecent and indecent life for promiscuity that characterizes it. It was seen that everyone was trying to imitate the Master and they also worried that he would never give up the scandal that could harm him. Today, little is said about the damage that a scandal can bring to Jesus and his Holy Church. Every man-woman, lay religious and secular religious, who has the urgent mission of shining faith and love in Jesus with the holiness of his life before the world. Good day.
16 September 2017
of ordinary time
43 There is no good tree that produces a bad fruit, nor is it a bad tree that produces a good fruit. In fact, every tree is recognized by its fruit: no figs are collected from the spines, nor grapes are harvested from a rovue. 45 Good man of the good treasure of his heart draws out good; the evil man from his bad treasure draws off evil: his mouth in fact expresses what from the heart overwhelming.
46 Why do you invoke me, Lord, Lord? Do not you do what I say? 47 Whoever comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show to you who is like; 48 He is like a man who, building a house, dug deep and laid the foundations on the rock. When the river came full, the river invested that house, but could not make it because it was well built. 49 He who listens and does not practice, is like a man who built a house on earth without foundation. The river invested it and immediately collapsed; and the destruction of that house was great. "
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
Good trees and bad trees in the heart
The Gospel also applies the principle of non-contradiction, in simple terms: a thing can not be and not be the same at the same time: an ass can not be a horse, as a hen can not be a lion. So in the Gospel the man is either good or bad. The good man is recognized by the good fruits that come out of his heart, the bad man is recognized by his bad fruits.
Having said this we are either good or bad we can not be both good and bad at the same time, yet we do this experience, which also Paul describes: "I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, does not live the good: I have the desire for good, but not the ability to implement it, for I do not do the good I want but the evil I do not want. " (cf. Rm 7: 18-25).
We are good for our origin in God, but we can become bad. The problem is what grows in the soil of our heart, our soul: the good tree or the bad tree? Both trees are present, we need to see what we cultivate with assiduity and learn to cultivate and seize the good fruits present in the soul. The fruits of sin we grow them without wanting it with the inspiration of the Prince of Evil. The fruits of God's grace we cultivate and capture them only in a continuous and divine relationship with God.
It seems so simple, and in part it is. The problem is that we are also attracted to the fruits of sin and after having enjoyed them, we remain poisoned in such a way that we continue to look for them and desire them. They refer to the human mind. That is why in the spiritual life it is very important for the mortification of the senses to not feed the appetites of sin.
However, every action of mortification requires a positive counterpart: access to spiritual goods that make the soul live and grow in virtues, especially in love with God and neighbor. These fruits are spiritual and are the head of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of grace with which the soul of divine life is. The Christian's life is always under the sign of grace, which is demanded in any action that is made, even material.
How little we care about soul life and we are sorry to say we do not have time. We prefer to deal with things that pass through, looking for life in them, but we find only death, combined with the consummation of time, which no longer returns.
We must open our eyes and take care of the soul, because it will first come to receive the eternal reward or condemnation and there will be no appeal. To foster the life of the Spirit today is to prepare for tomorrow's eternity. Good day firstname.lastname@example.org
September 10, 2017
XXIII of Ordinary
Mt 18: 15-20
15 If your brother commits a blame on you, go and warn him between you and him alone; if he hears you, you will have earned your brother; 16 If you do not listen, take one or two people with you again, for everything is resolved on the word of two or three witnesses. 17 If he does not listen to them, then tell the community; and if you do not even listen to the community, for you as the pagan and the public. 18 Verily I say unto thee, All that thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and all that thou shalt melt upon the earth shall be dissolved in heaven.
19 Verily I say unto you again, If two of you on earth will agree to ask for anything, my Father who is in heaven will give it to you. 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them. "
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
Fraternal correction for the salvation of the soul
The underlined invitation in today's Gospel is to care for one another, a cure, an attention, which puts into effect the commandment of love. Care about material things and certainly good, but we also need to pay much attention to spiritual care, which we must have each other. Why spiritual care? Because it is in the soul of each one to play our eternal destiny. In fact, this must be the main concern for the salvation of the soul.
In the past, much more was spoken of the salvation of the soul or the salvation of the souls of sinners.
Since our eternal destiny is at stake, it is first of all our soul, which goes to the particular judgment (CCC 1020-1021) and at the end of time it will be reunited with our body in universal judgment (CCC 1038-1041 ). We can not spend our lives like waiting for a tram, but we must fill it with good works, love, care for one's soul, and that of another is a very welcome thing to God.
Fraternal correction by voice is just the beginning. However, it must always be applied with charity, not as an opportunity to reap against the other. But we must be more willing to receive it than to give it. Indeed, we must always be in the condition of receiving it, even when there are no valid reasons for it to pass through God's correction, his care.
You have to make sure that it is in who gives it, as in someone who receives it does not speak pride or pride. Many times the desire to correct the other arises from the fact that he has been wronged. This is not a fraternal correction, but a desire to rival.
The main reason for fraternal correction is to take care of the eternal sorrow of others, whether they are close or distant. As there is solidarity in humanity in humanity, there is also solidarity in good. If we know that the other is at risk of damaging the soul we must not indulge, or personally or with the help of other people and the Church we must act. The last appeal, after yet another rejection, must be done to God the Father, who in Jesus Christ personally deals with pagans and publicans, as the Gospel has shown.
We must not underestimate the strength of the intercession prayer, especially together, offering sacrifices, fasting and penance for sinners. Saint Thérèse of Jesus baby teenager has obtained the eternal salvation of a condemned to death. When it comes to dealing with our soul or other gods he never says no. We ask for the grace to have as a desire to save souls and God will be right with us. Have a nice Sunday.
Saturday 9 September 2017
XXII week of ordinary time
1 On a Sabbath, Jesus passed between wheat fields and his disciples seized and ate their ears, rubbing them with their hands. 2 Some Pharisees said, "Why do you do what is not lawful on the Sabbath day?" 3 Jesus answered them, "Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 When he entered into the house of God, he took the bread of the offering and ate and gave it to his companions, though it is not lawful to eat them except the priests alone. "5 And he said to them," The Son of Man is Lord on Saturday. "
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
Jesus Christ of the Sabbath for a good world.
The precepts that God had given to Moses on the Sinai were in view of the relationship of the people and therefore of every single Israelite with God. But by the law and its countless applications in all fields of man's life, it was established what was or it was not right to do it. The case was elaborated by the various judgments of law practitioners and scribes and often became authoritative as to the law itself. Therefore, the Pharisees criticize the disciples of Jesus because on the Sabbath they did a job that was not prescribed. Jesus' answer passes through an episode of David's life when Saul chases to refresh himself and his companions eat bread of the offering that was reserved for priests.
The comparison of David used by Jesus serves to indicate in the person of David an indisputable authority and in his person a greater authority. Jesus appears as the Lord of the Sabbath, as the author of the Sabbath. This statement suffices to upset the minds of those Pharisees who criticized disciples and indirectly Jesus, who let them do so.
But the discourse of the religious authority of Jesus and his representatives for many centuries is being questioned, if not overtaken and dismissed and fought. The world is not only legiferous for its affairs, but it also enters into violence in God's affairs, especially in the fields of life, education, and family, without taking God's thought into consideration. The consequences are dramatic because there is no a rule shared and accepted by everyone: what is good for you is bad for me.
We are in the dictatorship of relativism. With the excuse for freedom and the rights of the person, every kind of depravity is justified.
How to restore authority to the law of God, so violated and disregarded? Even before the road to denouncing the world, it is necessary to walk the path of personal fidelity to God and his will, enriching the person with wisdom, wisdom, and goodness. It is not indifferent to follow or not to follow the law of God. By obeying Him, you do good to yourself and to others.
Every commandment of God's law corresponds to grace, growth in virtue, goodness, and ability to understand and help each other. God's law is therefore an extraordinary moral force for the benefit of all men and capable of forming the saints. Law is a deterrent against the evil we can always do. God's law educates man to be good. All these things have to emerge in the personal life of each one and become for the works and facts that produce a chronicle of life and holiness that contrasts the black story that describes a bad man and an ugly world. Good day.
Friday, September 8, 2017
Feast of the Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary
Mt 1, 1-23
1 Genesis of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham.2 Abraham begat Isaac, Isaac begat Jacob, Jacob gave generations to Judah and his brethren, 3 Judah raised Fares and Zara from Tamar, Fares begot Esrom, Esrom begot Aram, 4 Aram gave Aminadab , Aminadab begot Naasson, and Naasson begot Salmon. 5 And Salmon begot Booz of Racab, and Booz begat Obed of Ruth, and Obed begat Iesse. 6 And David begat David.
7 And Solomon gave birth to Rehoboam, and Rehoboam begat Abijah, and Abia begat Asaph. 8 And Asaph begat Jozafat, and Jehoshaphat begat Ioram, and Ioram begat Othi. 9 And Othzi fathered Ioatam, and Ahazam begat Acaz. Hezekiah, 10 Hezekiah begat Manasseh, and Manasseh begat Amos, and Amos begat Josiah. 11 And Josiah begat Ieconiah and his brethren at the time of Babylon's deportation.
12 After the deportation to Babylon, Ieconia begot Salathiel, Salathiel begot Zerubbabel. 13 Zerubbabel was Abiod, Abiod generated Eliachim. Eliachim was Azor. 14 Azor gave Sadoc, Sadoc begot Achim. Achim begot Elihuud. Elijah begot Eleazar, and Eleazar begot Mattan. Mattan begat Jacob, 16 Jacob gave birth to Joseph, the bridegroom of Mary, from whom Jesus was born, called Christ.
18 Thus was born Jesus Christ: His mother Mary, being a promise of Joseph's bride, before they went to live together she became pregnant by the work of the Holy Spirit. 19 His spouse Joseph, being a just man, and not wanting to accuse him publicly, thought to repudiate her secretly. 20 While he was looking at these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in dreams, and said to him, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary, your bride with you. For the child who is born in her comes from the Holy Spirit; 21 She will give birth to a son, and you will call him Jesus, for he will save his people from his sins. "
22 All this was done to accomplish what the Lord had said through the prophet:
23 Behold, the virgin shall conceive and give birth to a son:
to him will be given the name of Emmanuel,
which means God with us.
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
We are in a great salvation story
The genealogy present in Matthew shows us through the names of people who still remain anonymous to us, that God writes with his men about his salvation history, which comes to Jesus and continues from it. Good or bad that his project is unstoppable. Anything is delayed, or takes a wider turn, but goes on until it is completed.
The singular thing is that the genealogy is all male except for the quotation of some women: Tamar, Racab, Rut, is indirectly quoted Betsabea the wife of Uriah the Hittite, with a certain sense of modesty, since David sinned with the " adultery and homicide. Now this genealogy comes to Joseph, but ends with Mary: "Jacob gave birth to Joseph, the bridegroom of Mary, from whom Jesus was born, called Christ (Mt 1,16) These men and women are part of a plan of God, especially Mary of Nazareth, whose Church today celebrates its nativity.
These men and women are unknowingly tied to each other and lead to Mary and Jesus.
But the story that God is writing does not stop at them, not even to Jesus and Mary, but departs from them through the transmission of life and faith in the generation of the children of God with water and the Holy Spirit.
The devil through the attack on the family, marriage and the Church wants the story of God's salvation to be interrupted because of man himself. The demon has his "pastoral plans", introduces ambiguous figures in the history of the Church, confuses the waters, puts scandals and divisions, but God does not go back one moment. Today or we are with God or we are against God. Let us know what side we are, because the conclusion of the story, now near, will have different results: of eternal glory or of eternal damnation. We realize that good or bad we are part of this story. Good day. email@example.com
Wednesday 6 September 2017
XXII week of ordinary time
Lc 4, 38-44
38 He came out of the synagogue into Simon's house. Simone's mother-in-law was in a big fever and begged for her. 39 He bent over her, commanded the fever, and the fever left her. And immediately he stood up and served them.
At the end of the sun, all those who had illness with various illnesses led them to him. And he, laying on each one his hands, healed them. 41 Many of them also came out demons, crying out, "You are the Son of God!" But he threatened them and did not let them know, because they knew he was the Christ.
42 On the day of the day he went out and went to a desert place. But the crowds searched for him, reached him, and tried to hold him in so that he would not leave. 43 But he said to them, "It is necessary for me to announce the good news of the kingdom of God to other cities; for this reason I have been sent. " 44 And he went preaching in the synagogues of Judaea.
Comment by Thomas New
Jesus, the physician of the soul and body
Jesus' pity for the sick is part of his mission and life. Jesus never denied those who asked him for help, they were also lepers (see Lk 17, 12 and ff.). Healing the sick is an explicit mandate given to the disciples in the first mission (cf. Mt 10: 8).
But it is too little to say that Jesus taught us to do the same. Jesus not only taught us to deal with the sick but He continues to act for the health and salvation of man's soul and body. We must not think that the mission of Jesus Christ has ended the day of his ascension to heaven. He said to himself, "I will be with you every day until the end of the world (see Mt 28:20).
We allow Jesus to be near the sick and help them, bringing them to them with our faith and our prayer. It is really nice and comforting to see that in hospitals, rest homes, hospices there are churches and priests, assisted by nuns and laity, who visit the sick and administer the sacraments and bless, ensuring that Jesus continues his mission in the soul and in the sick's body.
Sometimes the prayer and the blessing of the sacraments bring benefits also physical, if not true healing. Most often it allows Jesus to work in the secret of the soul of the slave, preparing him to eternal life. It is very important that healthcare professionals maximize the religious dimension of the animal and bring them with love and faith, recognizing the sick not only as people in need of care, but recognizing in them Christ himself.
Where Christ and the Church are not allowed to be near the sick and move away from the health of a country or nation, there are the most contradictory forms of health that have as medicine the death: abortion practiced until the last weeks of gestation, in vitro fertilization with ovulation elimination, prenatal analysis to eliminate those with Down's syndrome (see Iceland); euthanasia as suicide aid and then mistreatment towards the elderly, low health of all kinds. It's not enough efficiency, organization, and professionalism. Without a Christian ethics of life and a real love for those who suffer, they exchange drugs with death therapies. Jesus never gave death to anyone, he gave his own person to death, because we had life, this is the medicine of Jesus, even for our time.
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