Gospel to day: december 2017

Friday 29 December 2017

Christmas time: eighth of Christmas

Lk 2, 22-35


22 When the days of their ritual purification were accomplished, according to the law of Moses, they brought the child to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord - 23 as written in the law of the Lord: Every firstborn male shall be sacred to the Lord - 24 and to offer in sacrifice a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons, as prescribed by the law of the Lord.

25 Now in Jerusalem there was a man named Simeon, a righteous and pious man, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 The Holy Spirit had foretold him that he would not see death without first having seen the Christ of the Lord. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went to the temple and while his parents brought the child Jesus to do what the Law prescribed to him, 28 he also welcomed him into his arms and blessed God, saying:

29 "Now you can leave, O Lord, your servant

go in peace, according to your word,

30 because my eyes have seen your salvation,

31 prepared by you before all peoples:

32 light to reveal to the people

and the glory of your people, Israel. "

33 Jesus' father and mother were amazed at the things that were said about him. 34 Simeon blessed them and Mary, his mother, said: "Behold, he is here for the fall and resurrection of many in Israel and as a sign of contradiction 35 - and also for you a sword will pierce the soul - so that they may be unveiled the thoughts of many hearts ".


Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

The reception of Simeon



The liturgy of December 29, in the octave of Christmas, brings us to the scene of the presentation of Jesus to the temple, but the attention of the evangelist Luke does not go to the ritual or to the unnecessary purification of Mary, who also submits to the law, but on the person of Simeon who greets the child prophetically and recognizes him as the messiah, the light of the Gentiles. The prophet Malachi (see Mal 3: 1) had announced that the messiah would be recognized in the temple, so first Simeon and then the prophetess Anna welcome him.


Both are moved by the Holy Spirit and the prophecy, that is, by the Word of God. They had never seen Jesus before, even though a child knows how to recognize the promised messiah in it. We can recognize and embrace it by making our own the word of this Gospel and living with the ardent desire to see Christ here on earth, before meeting him in heaven. We must have the same patience and perseverance of these elders, the fruit of faith, as well as the same prayer of Zechariah and Elizabeth, parents of John the Baptist whom the Angel addresses, appearing in the temple and telling Zechariah: "Your prayer is been fulfilled "(see Lk 1, 13).

The presence of Jesus in the temple of the Church and of our soul is stable, only that the soil of the soul should be irrigated with abundant rains of grace of the Word of God, because there is so much desert in us and so much aridity, fruit of materiality and superficiality of today's life. After Christmas it is to be noted with bitterness, that the churches are empty if not deserted, while the temples of consumption are full of people, as if it were there that we must go to prolong the Christmas party. But God begins to rewrite the history of the world from a sterile couple Elizabeth and Zechariah, from Joseph and Mary devoted to putting themselves at the service of God's plan to save man and two old men, who first recognize the messiah, who takes full possession of the temple of humanity. If we want it too we can enter into this wonderful story, with our faith. Merry Christmas.

St. Jhon evangelis Pompeo Batoni
St. Jhon evangelis Pompeo Batoni

Wednesday 27 December 2017

Feast of St. John the apostle and evangelist

Jn 20: 2-8


[1 On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala went to the tomb in the morning, when it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.] 2 She ran then and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, that that Jesus loved, and said to them: "They have taken the Lord away from the sepulcher and we do not know where they laid him!" 3 Peter then went out together with the other disciple and went to the sepulcher. 4 They ran together, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and came first to the tomb. 5 He bent down, saw the sheets laid there, but did not enter. 6 Simon Peter also came in, who was following him, and entered the tomb and looked at the sheets laid there, 7 and the shroud - which had been on his head - not laid there with cloths, but wrapped in a separate place. 8 Then the other disciple also came in, who had come first to the tomb, and he saw and believed.


Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

The Gospel of John


The experience that St. John has made of Jesus has a starting point and a point of arrival. The starting point is at the moment when his teacher Giovanni the Baptist shows him Jesus and he, together with Andrea, brother of Simon Peter, follows him and stays with him, it was about four o'clock in the afternoon. From that day on, John no longer left the teacher and became his intimate, so much as to call himself in his Gospel: "the disciple whom Jesus loved". The point of arrival is the empty tomb where he entered after Peter. From that moment he not only saw, but believed and began his experience of faith, founded on having met, seen, touched and loved the "Word of life".


Thanks to his faith, we also believe, not having seen directly, but through the eyes of John, not having heard but heard Jesus through his listening, even though he did not touch Jesus, but perceived the affection with which Jesus loved him . We must think that the experience of faith of John is contained in the testimony of his Gospel that is full of the Spirit that he received by seeing, listening and touching the Word of life.


We must not think of treating the Gospel of John as a literary text only, knowing its genesis, its structure, even exact exegesis are not sufficient to receive the Spirit that it possesses. The Spirit is received if through the Gospel one wants to reach Jesus, to know him to love him and follow him.


If the study of the text is oriented towards this perspective then

it is useful for something, otherwise it is an end in itself. We must not admire the literary work, but the testimony it transmits and make it the object of meditation, contemplation and prayer. The Gospel contains not only the testimony of Jesus, but also the faith of those who met him. The Holy Spirit gives us faith and the testimony of the apostles, because we too can transmit it, not necessarily by writing another Gospel, but by writing it with life. Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, December 26th 2017

Feast of St. Stephen protomartyr

Mt 10: 17-22


17 Beware of men, for they will deliver you to the tribunals and scourge you in their synagogues; 18 and you shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, to give testimony to them and to the Gentiles. 19 But when they give you up, do not worry about how or what you will say, because what you have to say will be given at that hour: 20 for you are not speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking in you.

21 The brother will make the brother die and the father the son, and the children will rise up to accuse the parents and kill them. 22 You will be hated by everyone because of my name. But whoever persevered until the end will be saved.


Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

The Christmas day of St. Stephen


What should we do after Christmas Day? The world through the media tells us that we have to go on eating, finishing the advanced food during the holidays and then running to get rid of the calories accumulated. This is the the after Christmas of the world. Instead, the Church in its wisdom gives us the Christmas day of St. Stephen, first martyr, killed in hatred of the faith. as today's Gospel says well: "you will be hated by all because of my name" (Mt 10: 22a).


Thanks to the "Acts of the Apostles" we know, almost in detail, the facts that led St. Stephen to die for Jesus Christ.

Stephen was a deacon of the group of the seven chosen by the apostles to serve at tables for widows and the poor of Jerusalem, to allow the same apostles to serve at the table of the Word and preaching, their first commitment (see Acts 6: 1-6) ). But he himself proves to be a profound connoisseur of the Holy Scriptures is an ardent preacher, worthy of an apostle (see Acts, 7.1 ff). Stephen was full of the Holy Spirit, because he had placed in the depths of his soul everything related to the person of Jesus Christ and this had transformed his person, making it angelic.


Certainly he was surrounded by champions of the faith, even if none of them had yet crowned his life with martyrdom, then by the presence of the Mother of Jesus, but what is most striking is the argument of his doctrine combined with the courage with which he expresses it.


Here is what we must do after Christmas: to treasure the lived experience of the words heard, of the Spirit received in the Sacraments and in the Holy Eucharist

Let us therefore learn from St. Stephen how the gifts of God and his grace are placed in our soul, to draw heavily on these days and on the following days. Let us commit ourselves to the one in which he has committed himself, winning laziness and indifference towards Christ, thus preparing our Christmas day and to find both the meaning of life, as the sense of dying for Jesus Christ.

The Annunciation, Beato Angelico
The Annunciation, Beato Angelico

Sunday December 24th 2017

Fourth of Advent

Lk 1, 26-38


26 In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin, betrothed to a man of the house of David named Joseph. The virgin was called Maria. 28 Entering her, she said: "Rallégrati, full of grace: the Lord is with you".

29 At these words she was very disturbed and wondered what a greeting like this meant. 30 The angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, because you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive a son, give him birth and call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High; the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father 33 and he will reign forever over the house of Jacob and his kingdom will have no end ».

34 Then Mary said to the angel, "How will this be, for I know not man?" 35 The angel answered her: "The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will cover you with his shadow. Therefore he who will be born will be holy and will be called the Son of God. 36 And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, in her old age has also conceived a son and this is the sixth month for her, which was said sterile: 37 nothing is impossible to God". 38 Then Mary said, "Behold the servant of the Lord: be it done to me according to your word." And the angel moved away from her.


Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

The conception of Jesus.


Before every Christmas there is always a conception so before Christmas of Jesus there is its conception. Here is the last act of this advent. But before conception there is "consent", as in marriages, only this is not a marriage like any other. Even if it happens in the time when Mary is betrothed to Joseph, what the angel asks of Mary is her becoming mother and mother of the Son of God.


Mary is more disturbed by the angel's greeting than by the warning that he brings. For Mary it is legitimate to ask how it will happen since it does not "know" man. This is not the question of those who do not believe, but it is the search for those who believe, to embrace God's plan and offer the full consent of reason, will and heart.


God seems to interfere in the human project of Mary and Joseph, but in truth it offers both of them to be at the service of God for something that elevates them to a unique role among creatures; thus Mary will be a parent mother and Joseph father not a parent of the Son of God. The mystery of God's plan is revealed to both in the name with which they will have to call who will be born: Jesus (Cf. Lc 1,31: Mt 1,21a), God saves: "For he will save his people from their sins" (Mt 1,21b).


 The intervention of the Holy Spirit is revealed to both. To both God asks the consent of faith. The consent of Mary, her "behold, I am the servant of the Lord" is also Joseph's answer, an answer not expressed by word, but by deeds ": When he awoke from sleep, Joseph did as the angel of the Lord and lost his wife with her (Mt 1.24).


How do we make Mary's response and Joseph's full acceptance of God's plan? As St. Ambrose teaches: If there is only one mother of Christ according to the flesh, according to faith, instead, Christ is the fruit of all, because every soul receives the Word of God, provided that, immaculate and immune from vices, guards the chastity with intemperate modesty. "


 We too are capable of receiving the Word of God and we receive it from the Church with the grace of preaching the sacraments. In fact, as Mary gives the "Head" "the body", so the Church gives the body the "Head", because Head and body form the "total Christ", which lives in every faithful soul when it keeps intact the faith and purity of life from the corruption of the flesh.


 The Virgin Mary and St. Joseph have given birth to the generation of men and women who for their faith and love of God, in the concrete situations of life in which they are placed, raise the "human project", albeit good, to a plan of salvation by collaborating in the sanctification of the human, in renewing man, in generating the new man in the flesh and in the Spirit. To carry out this project it is not necessary to be a couple, but it is necessary to make a couple with the Holy Spirit, who generates in us the Son of God with his power. Now all that remains is to give birth not only to Bethlehem, but also where it has not yet been I conceived of it born. Merry Christmas.


he birth of John the Baptist of Giuliano Bugiardini
he birth of John the Baptist of Giuliano Bugiardini


23 December


feria before   


Lk 1, 57-66


57 For Elizabeth, the time of delivery was fulfilled and she gave birth to a son. 58 Neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had manifested in her his great mercy, and they rejoiced with her.

59 Eight days later they came to circumcise the child and wanted to call him by the name of his father, Zechariah. 60 But his mother intervened: "No, he will be called John." 61 They said to her, "There is none of your kinship named by this name." 62 Then they asked with a nod to his father how he wanted his name to be called.63 He asked for a tablet and wrote: "John is his name." Everyone was amazed. 64 Immediately his mouth opened and his tongue melted, and he spoke blessing God. 65 All their neighbors were taken by fear, and all these things were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea. 66 All those who heard them kept them in their hearts, saying, "What will this child be?" And indeed the hand of the Lord was with him.


Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

The unofficial ways of God


It is interesting to note that God does not pass through the official ways of the temple and the high priests to accomplish his plan. Although Zechariah is a priest of the class of Abia and his wife Elizabeth is a descendant of Aaron, their sterility becomes the opportunity for God to reveal his design and complete it in the folds of everyday history.


God then is in no hurry and follows the passage of time to prepare the story to realize his project. Thus was born the precursor of the messiah and nobody knows it, no one notices it, even if for the miraculous birth many are asked questions about the future of the child.


Did God today have changed his way of acting? No! he did not change it. Certainly we must not compare the Catholic Church with the establishment of the temple of Jerusalem and the priesthood, they are two different things. But God does not need any decree of the Church to act and in the way he has always done, following the unofficial ways.


 Many times it is precisely the way in which certain men of the Church ask themselves to prevent God and Our Lady from carrying forward their designs, but God has time on his side, while the men of the Church do not. Let us pray to the Lord not only to send workers to his harvest, but to many prophetic spirits such as John the Baptist, who know not only to put their faces, but also their heads, just as the Baptist did, because God's design triumphs in history despite ... men. Merry Christmas.

The visit of Mary Most Holy, Pontorno, 1528-1530
The visit of Mary Most Holy, Pontorno, 1528-1530

Thursday 21 December 2017

Feria proper of the day

Lc 1,39-45


39 In those days Mary stood up and hurried to the mountainous region in a city of Judah. 40 Entering the house of Zechariah, he greeted Elizabeth. 41 As soon as Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42 and exclaimed with a loud voice: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 To what do I have to have the mother of my Lord come to me? 44 Behold, as soon as your greeting has reached my ears, the child has leaped for joy in my womb. 45 Blessed is she who believed in the fulfillment of what the Lord said to her. "


Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

The visit of Mary Most Holy


Before gathering in our soul what is proclaimed in the Gospel page known as the visitation, we try to get a complete picture of the events that preceded the visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Elizabeth. Through the Gospels of Luke and Matthew we know that there were two announcements: the Angel of the Lord was first sent to Mary (cf. Lk 1: 26ff) to reveal the virginal conception of the Son of the Most High. Then the Angel of the Lord appears in a dream to Joseph (Mt 1,18ss.), To reveal to him the secret of Mary: what is conceived in her comes from the Holy Spirit and therefore she must not be afraid to take Mary her bride with her, moreover he will have to give the name of Jesus to the child that will be born.


After these events, Mary, knowing what happened, in Elizabeth, moved by the Spirit, goes to visit her and leaves quickly for the mountain. What mission does Mary have to accomplish? Perhaps that of helping Elizabeth, who is expecting a child in her seniority? In Mary's intention there is room for help and help, but more is the desire to bring what has been conceived in her through the work of the Holy Spirit.


Mary greets Elizabeth, but exult is he who is already in her by the grace of the encounter with the One to whom she must prepare the roads of Israel. The woman greets the woman, child rejoices for the child. Thus the prophecy that is present in John passes to the mother. The child recognizes the Son, the mother recognizes the Mother of her Lord and proclaims her blessed.


We too, reached by the greeting of Mary, exult for the faith, which we carry within and recognize both the Son and the mother who conceived it through the work of the Holy Spirit. We both receive them in our soul and with them we grow as Sons of God. Mary most holy visits St. Elizabeth, but also visits every soul that expects to conceive in time and for eternity the Word of God.

Mary's visit continues today in every prayer in which she is called, until the end of time, to bring the fruit of her womb into each soul: Jesus. Good advent.


The Annunciation Leonardo da Vinci
The Annunciation Leonardo da Vinci

Wednesday 20 December 2017

Days before Christmas

Lk 1: 26-38


26 In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin, betrothed to a man of the house of David named Joseph. The virgin was called Maria. 28 Entering her, she said: "Rallégrati, full of grace: the Lord is with you".

29 At these words she was very disturbed and wondered what a greeting like this meant. 30 The angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, because you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive a son, give him birth and call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High; the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father 33 and he will reign forever over the house of Jacob and his kingdom will have no end ».

34 Then Mary said to the angel, "How will this be, for I know not man?" 35 The angel answered her: "The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will cover you with his shadow. Therefore he who will be born will be holy and will be called the Son of God. 36 And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, in her old age has also conceived a son and this is the sixth month for her, which was said sterile: 37 nothing is impossible to God". 38 Then Mary said, "Behold the servant of the Lord: be it done to me according to your word." And the angel moved away from her.



Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

Mary, the Church and the faithful soul.


We must realize how effectively we are involved in the Christmas of Jesus as the Fathers of the Church said: Christmas of the Head is the Christmas of the Body. We are not strangers to those events that seem to exclusively concern the Virgin Mary. Everything that refers to the salvation of man is always carried out in three places: in Mary, in the Church and in the soul of the faithful. What happens in a special way in Mary, takes place in a general way in the Church and especially in the soul of the faithful.


Therefore the events of the Christmas of Jesus take place in a special way in Mary, in a general way in the Church and especially in the soul of the faithful. Mary is all committed to generating the body to the Head, the Church is committed to generating the Head to the body; but this also happens in the faithful soul who, through the Holy Spirit, receives the Head and forms together with all the faithful the Body of Christ, which is the Church.


In the tabernacle of the womb of Mary Christ it remains nine months; in the tabernacles of the Church until the end of the world, in the knowledge and love of the faithful soul Christ remains for eternity. This is why we are given to know this event of Christmas of Jesus in its details: it is announced to Mary, it is proclaimed by the Church is believed by the faithful soul. Therefore it is a party at Christmas not only because Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, but because it is born in the soul of the faithful and makes the person grow up to the full maturity of Christ. That's why he makes a feast: the Christmas of the Head is of Christ is also the Christmas of the body, that is, of the Church and of all her members that we are.

One could say that each of us is part of a great one. an immense living nativity scene where the birth of Jesus is at the center, only that this nativity scene does not end with Christmas, but becomes the setting in which the whole story of Jesus is placed: life, death and resurrection. Christmas is given to us as a beginning to carry forward in history. Good advent.


Saturday 16 December 2017

Second week of Advent

Mt 17, 10-13

10 Then the disciples asked him, "Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?" 11 And he answered, "Yes, Elijah will come and restore everything. 12 But I say to you, Elias has already come and they have not recognized him; on the contrary, they made him what they wanted. Thus also the Son of man will have to suffer through their work ". 13 So the disciples understood that he was speaking to them about John the Baptist.


Comment by Tommaso Nuovo:

The Gospels of Advent: the meeting or the clash with Christ.


It is natural to wonder why the religious men of that time did not recognize in John the Baptist the Elijah that God had promised, as a preparer for the coming of Christ. In general, the prophecies do not only indicate facts and people that will reveal themselves in the future, but draw a line and a horizon towards which our personal history and the history of the world are directed.


These prophecies, contained in the Holy Scriptures, are the Wisdom of God. They must be heard and received in view of a fulfillment not placed in the future, but in history and this fulfillment is the person of Jesus Christ. Thus the human history of the whole universe is directed towards the person of Jesus Christ. The act by which he fulfills the prophecies is his death and resurrection. If the story is directed towards Jesus Christ it will happen either an encounter or a clash: either Jesus receives himself with his person and his word or he comes into direct contact with him; either you accept Jesus or you refuse him.


Those who refuse him do not even accept his wisdom and make his law sin, even refuses to be saved. The rejection of the Son of God is then reflected on his Body which is the Holy Church, hence the violence and persecutions that go through its entire history.


The time of Advent prepares us for an encounter with Jesus, we are announced from afar, we are shown to be present in the world, we guide our steps towards Him with the help of the Holy Spirit. Those who seek the encounter with Him will find it, but whoever seeks the clash with Him will find it. Good advent.


Friday 15 December 2017

Second week of Advent

Mt 11.16-19


16A who can I compare this generation? It is similar to children who are sitting in the square and, pointing to their companions, shout:

17 «We played the flute and you did not dance,

we sang a lament and you did not beat your chest! "

18 John came, not eating and drinking, and saying, "He is possessed." 19 The Son of Man came, eating and drinking, and saying, "Behold, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of publicans and sinners." But wisdom has been recognized as right for the works it accomplishes ».


Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

The Gospels of Advent: let us prepare ourselves to welcome the Wisdom of God.


The judgment of Jesus on his generation shows the indifference with which those men have received the messengers of God: not only the ancient prophets, whose prayers are known to know the doctrine, but also John the Baptist and in the end Jesus Christ himself. But the Son of God does not need anyone to act and where he has found openness of mind and heart has placed the wisdom of God, who guides man to eternal salvation.


But how would Jesus judge our generation, the men of our time, who are capable of doing worse damage than the generation of Jesus? They are like those children that if you tell them not to do something or something is not right, they do it anyway, even if it means getting hurt.


 The generation that today rejects Jesus does the opposite of what He asks and commands. The last example for us in Italy is the approval of the law on living wills and the end of life. But there would be many other examples of clear sayings in the face of God, even on the part of men of the Church, such as celebrating the Protestant reform, which generated the most serious schism in the history of Christianity and not the Counter-Reformation of the Council of Trent, which he has created saints and saints of the caliber of Santa Teresa d'Avila and San Ignazio di Loyola, San Carlo Borromeo and many others.


This generation produces directly or indirectly a culture of death, the denial of God and his will. The book of wisdom says of them: "But the wicked invoke upon themselves death with works and words, considering her friend, they yearn for her, and with it they make a covenant, because they are worthy of belonging to them (Sap 1 , 16).


Welcoming in the Holy Christmas the Son of God we welcome the Wisdom of God, who dwells in souls, educating them to the life of God and to holiness, to overcome death present in sin. The gift given to us in Holy Christmas must find us prepared and welcoming, in need of light and life, available to be guided and educated by God himself, to live with Wisdom and grow with it. Here is the true gift of Holy Christmas. Happy Advent.


Thursday, December 14th 2017

Second week of Advent


Mt 11,11-15


11 Truly I say to you, among those born of women no one greater than John the Baptist has arisen; but the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent seize it. 13All the Prophets and the Law have in fact prophesied up to John. 14 And if you want to understand, it's him that Elijah that has to come. 15Whoever has ears, listen!


Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

The Gospels of Advent: the Christian way to Jesus Christ


John the Baptist is a leading figure in the preparation of the people for the coming of the Messiah, in the person of Jesus Christ. John is the bridge between the ancient prophecies and their fulfillment, they pass through his great person, he takes them back in his preaching and with an uncommon force announces and indicates Jesus as the Messiah.


Jesus himself makes a eulogy of John: "Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen any greater than John the Baptist." But Jesus adds something that concerns us all: "but the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.What does Jesus want to tell us with these words?" John indicated the presence of the Messiah with his life of penance and with the his Word, we are called to do more: in fact, John has invited us to prepare the way for the coming of God in the world.


We are called to be the place where God reveals the world, called to be the way through which Jesus passes into this world and heals him. Today we are either a place of revelation of God or a place of denial of God: a place of encounter with Christ and a place of confrontation with Christ. This is the story of the saints where the person God Christ shone in it. It is up to us to decide what we want to be: revelation or denial of Christ. This is the destiny in which a Christian participates. Happy Advent

Wednesday 13 December 2017

Second week of Advent

Mt 11.28-30

28 Come to me, all you who are weary and oppressed, and I will give you refreshment.29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, who are meek and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your life. 30 My yoke is indeed sweet and my light weight ».


Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

The Gospels of Advent: take my yoke above you.


The Gospels of Advent have the characteristic not only of indicating how Jesus comes in the history of man, but also how man is called to go into history towards Jesus. Jesus comes and tells us: "Come to me" and adds: "All of you who are tired and oppressed". Tired not because we worked, but because we have sinned. Oppressed not because we are persecuted, but because the infernal enemy besieges us day and night with its infernal seductions.


 Jesus tells us: And I will give you refreshment "How will it give us refreshment? Advent time is a time of conversion, where we have the possibility of making an exchange: we hand over to God, in the sacrament of confession, our sins and take in exchange for us his cross, learning from him with humility and meekness to do the will of the Father. Taking the cross of Christ upon us, Jesus says: "You will find refreshment for your life".


 Doing God's will is the sweet yoke to be subjected to. The cross is a light weight, because the Son of God, who came down from heaven to earth, immediately took upon himself the sin of man and helped us to enter into the will of the Father, where we find salvation. This is why Advent is a time of grace Good advent.


Monday 11 December 2017

Second week of Advent

Lk 5: 17-26


17 One day he was teaching. Also there sat the Pharisees and masters of the Law, who came from every village in Galilee and Judea, and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord made him work healings. 18 And behold, some men, carrying a man who was paralyzed on a bed, tried to let him in and put him before him. 19 Not finding which way to let him in because of the crowd, they climbed to the roof and, through the shingles, lowered him with the bed in front of Jesus in the middle of the room. 20 Seeing their faith, he said, "Man, your sins are forgiven." 21 The scribes and the Pharisees began to argue, saying, "Who is this that says blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, if not God alone? " 22 But Jesus, knowing their reasonings, answered: "Why do you think so in your heart? 23 What is easier: to say «Your sins are forgiven», or to say «get up and walk»? 24 Now, so that you may know that the Son of man has power over the earth to forgive sins, I say to you - he said to the paralytic -: get up, take your bed and go back to your house. " 25 Immediately he stood up before them, took the little bed on which he was lying, and went to his house, glorifying God. 26 All were caught in amazement and gave glory to God; full of fear they said: "Today we have seen prodigious things".


Comment by Tommaso Nuovo:

The Gospels of Advent: the forgiveness of sins.

In the Advent Gospel earlier this week, the healing of a paralytic is shown to us. This miracle, which in itself has nothing extraordinary, however, has aroused in the Pharisees and masters of the law so much sensation. The reason? Because Jesus said to the paralytic: "man, your sins are forgiven you." Rightly the Pharisees and the teachers of the law thought within themselves: "Who is this that says blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, if not God alone?


Here is what Advent announces: the forgiveness of sins. God sent his Son to earth to offer this gift and together to treat man in his mortal sickness, which becomes an occasion of grace for God, always if we turn to him with faith. Every time is propitious to receive God's mercy, but in advent this announcement reaches us directly. We are also represented by the man lying on a stretcher. God is ready to forgive sins. We too must do everything, just as the four friends of the paralytic have done to put our "sick" person before Jesus. May or Lord, that our spiritual journey towards you is not paralyzed by our laziness and our sins . Good advent

Saturday 9 December 2017

First week of Advent

Mt 9.35-10.1.6

35 Jesus went through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, announcing the gospel of the Kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity. 36 Seeing the crowds, he felt sorry for them, because they were tired and exhausted like sheep who have no shepherd.37 Then he said to his disciples: "The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few! 38 So pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers to his harvest! "

1 Calling his twelve disciples to himself, he gave them power over the unclean spirits to drive them out and heal every disease and every disease.

6 Turn instead to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.7 Proceeding, preaching, saying that the kingdom of heaven is near. 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, free dates.


Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

The Gospels of Advent: the mission of Jesus continues in the Church

All the holy Gospels of Advent time have the characteristic of showing how Jesus comes to us and how we can recognize him. Man, after the sin of origin, was not abandoned by God. Even today God does not abandon man, but he comes to meet him and saves him, always if man wants him.


God does not need man, but for his infinite mercy

he involved him in the great plan of redemption. Therefore it is an immense gift of God to participate in the work that Christ has begun and which continues in his disciples. Jesus, after choosing the twelve disciples, invested them with his saving and healing qualities and sent them first to the lost sheep of the house of Israel and then to the whole world.


This mandate then handed over to the Church on the day of Jesus' ascension to heaven and confirmed it at Pentecost with the gift of the spirit. It is for the mission of the Church that it is necessary to pray that the master of the harvest will send workers to his harvest


Therefore the Church today does not have another mission except that of Jesus Christ, it is always He who speaks, acts and saves, through his disciples. He asks the apostle for a profound union with Christ, to avoid going to the mission to proper name, bringing oneself and not the person of Jesus. The mission is this: to save man from sin and death and prepare him for eternal life. To fulfill the mission of Jesus it is necessary to have with him Jesus and his Mother Mary. Everything else may seem useful, but it is only a burden, a ballast that does not allow you to run with Jesus, towards Jesus.

This is why the soul of every mission of the Church is spiritual life, without which the impulse to give one's life for Christ and for the brothers is extinguished in the missionary. Spiritual life does not stand alone nor through our effort, but thanks to the continuous attention to the Immaculate Virgin Mary, to the saints, thanks to a Eucharistic life in which the missionary offers himself to Jesus and with Jesus on the altar.


If then a missionary must help the human promotion of the people to whom he is sent, it is his duty to help, knowing well that he acts in the name of Christ and for the greater glory of God and not in his name.


If prayer is extinguished in a missionary, life with Mary and with the saints, the Eucharistic life, the spiritual life, the mission of Christ in him is also extinguished. He will do other things, he will be good, but he will not bring Christ to anyone. He will receive praise from men, he will be known and esteemed, but he risks not receiving from Christ that single praise of God that the saints have always wanted to receive: "you come good and faithful servant, you have been faithful in the little I will give you much power" ( see Mt, 25.23). Not for nothing a nun, Saint Teresa of Jesus child is the patroness of the missionaries.

Let us pray, God send workers to his harvest and so that the mission of the Church will always have a heart that pulsates for God. If the heart of the missionaries beats for God, it also beats for the neighbor. Good advent.

Thursday 7 December 2017

First week of Advent

Mt 7,21.24-27


21 Not everyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord," will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

24 Therefore anyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain fell, the rivers overflowed, the winds blew, and beat down on that house, but it did not fall, because it was founded on the rock. 26 Anyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain fell, the rivers overflowed, the winds blew, and they fell upon that house, and it fell and its ruin was great. "


Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

Gospels of Advent: Christ is the stone for the house on the rock


This Gospel of the time of advent tells us how the Son of God was sent among us, as Word that becomes flesh, to transmit God's will to men.


With regard to this page of the Gospel of Matthew, today I want to pay attention not only to what Jesus Christ tells us to do: "not those who say Lord, Lord ..., but who does the will of my Father who is in heaven." , or the invitation to build our life on the rock and not on the sand without a secure foundation. I want to pay attention to the material, to the bricks with which we build our life as a solid house.


First of all it is necessary to choose the place on which to build not so much a material building, but a spiritual home. The rock is God himself, with his Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit, while we are the sand, when we build on the fragility of our people, on the ambitions, focusing on our abilities, on our desires and passions, on our sins. With the faster we build quickly we are cut down and become dust, just like sand.


We must ask ourselves about things is this constant insistence on building human life on what is fragile, subject to time and degradation, material and spiritual? One of the reasons is undoubtedly the tendency to turn away from God and wanting to do without Him.


With what materials can we construct our life as a solid construction, built according to God, that resists time and human weather? The bricks are Christ himself and the Word of God, which is given to us together with his Body and his Blood in the Holy Eucharist. With this material the house of life becomes eternal, holy, inhabited by God, able to face every adversity and contrast.


But we must also know how to build and have safe guides, who have already completed the construction of their home, in order to carry out the work according to God. These guides are the saints. In them we can see and observe the complete building and we can go to their history, as they have built their life on Christ with Christ. So to build well you have to choose the right place, the most suitable materials and valid workers, of the reliable collaborators who have already done the work for themselves. We have holy material in abundance, we have collaborators and extraordinary help, let us work to build the house of our life according to God.

Good advent.

Wednesday 6 December 2017

First week of Advent


Mt 15,29-37


29 Jesus went away from there, came near the Sea of Galilee, and went up on the mountain and stopped there. 30 A great crowd gathered around him, bringing with him lame, crippled, blind, deaf and many other sick; they put them at his feet, and he healed them, 31 so that the crowd was full of astonishment at seeing the dumb ones speaking, the cripples healed, the lame ones walking and the blind ones they saw. And he praised the God of Israel.

32 Then Jesus called his disciples to himself and said, "I feel compassion for the crowd. For three days now they have been with me and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them back fasting, so that they will not fail along the way. " 33 And the disciples said to him, "How can we find so many loaves in a desert to feed such a large crowd?" 34 Jesus asked them, "How many loaves do you have?" They said: "Seven, and a few fish". 35 After he had ordered the crowd to sit on the ground, 36 took the seven loaves and the fish, gave thanks, broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples to the crowd. 37 Everyone ate their fill. They took away the advanced pieces: seven full bags.




Gospels of Advent: the hidden coming of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist


In the first part of today's Gospel, (v.29-31) the reason why the Son of God became man is remembered: to heal suffering humanity in body and spirit. Then also with the help of Saint Bernard, who in his Advent talks speaks of an intermediate coming of Christ, an occult coming, we are told how Jesus comes to meet us in a direct way.


In the story of the second multiplication of the loaves, narrated by the evangelist Matthew (v. 32-39) announcement of the institution of the Holy Eucharist, we are told how Christ comes to us today, in a hidden and sacramental way. This hidden coming of Christ, besides being real, is continuous in every Holy Mass and contributes with the grace of the Holy Spirit to meet us with the only living and true God. Certainly faith is needed in order to meet Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. Many faithful indeed approach Holy Communion, but without faith. In doing so, Christ is not revealed, but hides more and more. This is especially true of first-person priests. Thus this Gospel of Advent reminds us, through the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fish, that it is still Jesus, in the person of his ministers, to break and multiply the bread which in turn will become his body offered to us.


The way we prepare and approach this hidden coming of Christ says all our faith or unbelief. Many churches in which the Holy Eucharist was celebrated or celebrated are profaned or trivialized. Our person is like a church, a tabernacle, a meeting point between the Body of Christ and our soul. The holiness with which one must receive Holy Communion, the Body of Christ must not be just a prerogative of holy places like churches, but also of our bodies. The time of Advent helps us to rediscover the necessary sanctity with which to welcome the Body of Christ in every Holy Mass. Good advent

Tuesday 5 December 2017

First week of Advent


Lk 10,21-24



21 In that same hour Jesus exulted with joy in the Holy Spirit and said: "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to the little ones. Yes, Father, because in this way you have decided in your benevolence.22 Everything has been given to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is but the Father, nor who the Father is but the Son and he to whom the Son he will want to reveal it ».

23 And he said to the disciples, "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. 24 I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you are looking at, but they did not see it, and listen to what you hear, but they did not listen to it. "


Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

The Gospels of Advent time


It is necessary to find a connection between the Gospels proposed in the days of Advent. We abandon for a moment the ordinary itinerary that introduces us to the history of salvation (historical salvific itinerary), to follow an itinerary of revelation, to show how Christ comes towards man and how man must turn to Christ.


 The itinerary begins with the healing of the servant of the centarion of Capernaum (Monday of the first week), where his faith is highlighted, which Jesus also admires (see Mt 8: 5-11). But where did the centurion's faith come from? Here is the answer with today's Gospel: "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to the little ones" (cf. Mt 10,21). The source of the Roman centurion's faith is above all the heavenly Father, who uses everything and every person, to lead us to Christ and to believe in him. In this case the only person on the scene with Jesus and the centurion is his servant. It may be that his servant on some occasion has known and listened to Jesus, even if he were one of his disciples.


So the centurion heard him invoke during his illness. The centurion has seen with what courage and with what force his servant confronts the disease and the servant himself spoke to him about Jesus the Nazarene as the Messiah promised by God, also transmitting his faith in Jesus. Thus the heavenly Father, seeing as the Centurion listened, he gave him that faith, which brought him to Jesus.


 There is no limit to the faith of arriving to anyone who opens himself to God. But we must not suppose that we already have faith, we must ask God or. If there is so much suffering in man today it is because we ask little of God and turn to him without faith. Today we know that the gift of God, which offers to those who least expect it, but that before Him are small, because they recognize its greatness and its power. May Jesus exult also for us, for our faith. Good advent.

Monday 4 december 2017

The first week of Advent

Mt 8.5-11


5 When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came to meet him, begging him and saying: 6 "Lord, my servant is in the house, in bed, paralyzed and suffers terribly." 7 He said to him, "I will come and heal him." 8 But the centurion replied, "Lord, I am not worthy to enter under my roof, but say only one word, and my servant will be healed. 9 Even though I am a subordinate, I have soldiers under me and I say to one: "Go!" And he goes; and to another: "Come!", and he comes; and to my servant: "Do this!" and he does it. "

10 Listening to him, Jesus marveled and said to those who were following him: "Truly I tell you, in Israel I have not found anyone with such a great faith! 11 Now I tell you, many will come from the east and from the west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven,



Comment by Tommaso Nuovo

The faith of the centurion and our faith.


What can this gospel tell us in the advent season that has just begun? We need to look at the movement of people. In the Gospel it seems that the centurion is going to Jesus, whereas it is Jesus who is going towards the centurion. Jesus already knows who this man is, his history, but above all he knows his faith and wants to bring it to light, so that he may enlighten the faith of others, even ours.


Jesus says a word, in front of his request to heal his servant, but he also addresses us and our requests: "I will come and treat him". It should not surprise us the word of Jesus, which sums up all his mission, but the centurion's answer: "Lord, I am not worthy to enter under my roof, but only one word and my servant will be healed". Where did this man find all this faith? Who taught him about Jesus Christ, how should we ask Him to get? These are questions that are not given to us to know the answer.

Jesus in front of everyone admires the centurion's faith and presents it to us at the beginning of this new advent. The Lord asks us to grow our faith, to be able to welcome him in this time of waiting. Jesus shows us what is the main problem we must face in us, together with the problem of sin, the problem of our faith, without which we can not ask and obtain from God for ourselves and for others. Good advent