VIAGGIO SPIRITUALE: di Tommaso Nuovo
Gospel to day: January 2008
Saturday 27 January 2018
Third week of ordinary time
35 On that same day, when evening came, he said to them, "Let's go to the other shore." 36 And having dismissed the crowd, they took him with him, as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 There was a great storm of wind and the waves were spilling into the boat, so that it was full now. 38 He stood in the stern on his pillow, and slept. Then they woke him up and said to him, "Master, do not you care that we are lost?" 39 He awoke, threatened the wind and said to the sea: "Be quiet, calm down!" The wind ceased and there was great calm. 40 Then he said to them, "Why are you afraid? Do not you still have faith? " 41 And they were taken with great fear, and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
The disciples of Jesus, especially the twelve, lived with Him night and day, having the opportunity to listen to him, to see him, while he was acting and therefore to know him. They saw a man, a teacher, a rabbi, a prophet, but they could not, despite the miracles, the wonders and signs, go beyond what they saw. Indeed Christ himself did not want to be known for what he was, that is, the Son of God, especially when the demons were to recognize him (see Mark 1:24).
He can not be a witness to Jesus, but it is Jesus who gives testimony of himself, that is, he reveals himself, because man believes. The fact that Jesus calms the storm with his word, provokes in the disciples the question: "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey? This question is a step forward in faith, in believing who Jesus is, not because we receive an answer, but because the question about Jesus is placed in us.
This questioning of Jesus, not in a doubtful sense, but as an opening to the mystery, prepares us to receive the revelation of God on the person of Jesus.
The questions of faith are very important and must be in us, to then give the possibility to God to answer us. The questions of faith should not be limited to general observations, perhaps of amazement, for a flower, for the sky or for some wonder of creation or because we feel at a certain moment in harmony with the universe. We must get to be amazed and ask ourselves about the person of Jesus Christ, because we do not yet realize with whom we are dealing. We do not lack information, studies, experiences of the saints, what we lack is a personal awareness, a light that enlightens the mind and the heart and reveals to us who Jesus is, the Son of God.
We are too superficial, we deal with Jesus as if he were the neighbor, the relative, a friend. He is also all of this, but at the same time he is much, much more. Perhaps we are not able to sustain the greatness of his person, because he overcomes all knowledge and understanding. But having access even to a minimum glimpse of his greatness would fill us with so much wonder and love, to die for what we may have seen and known. The knowledge of God is beyond the capacity of man, but God through his Son Jesus took a step towards us, to take us away from ignorance. To us take the step that leads us to meet him in the truth. Good day.
Friday 26 January 2018
Memory of Saints Timothy and Titus
1 After these events the Lord designated seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him in every city and place where he was going. 2 He said to them, "The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few! So pray the Lord of the harvest to send workers to his harvest! 3 Go: behold, I send you as lambs in the midst of wolves; 4 Do not bring bag, bag, or sandals and do not stop to greet anyone along the way. 5 In whatever house you enter, first say, "Peace to this house!" 6 If there be a child of peace, your peace will come upon him, otherwise he will return to you. 7 Stay in that house, eating and drinking what they have, because those who work are entitled to their reward. Do not go from one house to another. 8 When you enter a city and receive it, eat what is offered to you, 9 heal the sick that are there, and say to them: "The kingdom of God is near you."
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
Men of God
The Gospel proclaimed on the day of the holy bishops Timothy and Titus, shows in the action of Jesus, who sends seventy-two disciples, as an advance of the Church's mission to all peoples of the earth. The mission is both of proclamation of the Gospel and is founding a community like the apostolic ones of Jerusalem, led by a successor of the apostles, a bishop, who guarantees the ordered and harmonious growth of the faithful in doctrine, faith, morality, assiduous celebration of the sacraments and the spreading of Christ's love among men.
Timothy and Tito, collaborators of St. Paul, were elected for the guidance of the young Christian communities of Ephesus and Crete, and subsequently other bishops succeeded them.
Now the Christian Catholic communities called dioceses, especially the older ones, like Rome, show through the ordered list of succeeded bishops (chronotaxis), the continuity with the ancient origins and therefore the apostolicity of a diocese.
But what is the problem of the bishops today. It is certainly necessary to ask it to them. Beyond the problem of faith, which remains the first problem for all Christians, the main problem is the absence of vocations to the presbyterate, that is to be collaborators of the ministry of the bishop, belonging to the second degree of the Holy order.
This is why Jesus does not stop at the enthusiasm of the origins, but invites, even commands to pray the owner of the harvest, so that he sends workers to his harvest. In many dioceses the seminaries have been closed or become regional seminars, with always very small numbers of young people starting a path of discernment and formation for the presbyterate.
The reasons for the crisis of vocations are internal and external to the Church: undoubtedly the lack of births, the ideologies that we harvest in the youth world and we can add others with causes. But the problem is above all internal to the Church and mainly consists in desacralization, if not in the secularization of the person of ordained ministers. The young still feel the call of God, but they offer him a social model of presbyter, who extinguishes what the Spirit puts in them. All this happens not so much in the seminaries, which give a discrete formation, even spiritual, but beginning the pastoral life, which transforms in a few years the presbyter from man of God to man of the people. These two dimensions, which should be united, move away from one another to the point where the social dimension also absorbs the sacred one. The contact with the laity and with the women, without limits, without modesty in some cases, educates the presbyter to have a secular life, which does not belong to him, the presbyter assumes a posture that deforms him and even changes his facial features, of the body, of the voice, without counting the thoughts, the heart and all that should be and to have as a man of God. Many churchmen can eventually be exchanged for lawyers, engineers, doctors, doctors, school teachers, accountants, long-time politicians, actors, clowns, comedians and stand-up comedians and much more.
Jesus chose the twelve because they were with him and to send them. If it were possible to photograph the disciples as they were before meeting Jesus and having met him, one would see an abyss. Whoever is with Jesus learns to be like Him, whoever is with the world learns to be like the world wants it. Certainly the world does not want priests as men of God. Have a nice day.
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Thursday, 25 January 2018
Third week of ordinary time
15 And he said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. 16 Whoever believes and will be baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 These will be the signs that will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons, speak new languages, 18 will take serpents into their hands and, if they drink some poison, will not harm them; they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover ".
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
Renew the mission by renewing the experience of Christ
Today we celebrate the conversion of St. Paul, meaning his conversion to Christ and the Gospel, because Saul was already a faithful zealous of God, only that he had not yet known Jesus Christ, until he was revealed to him on the way to Damascus.
Saul immediately bothered to testify to him with his word and with his life, giving proof of unparalleled courage, only that St. Paul preserved this strength for life, until his death.
Saint Paul was gratified by a personal meeting with Jesus, even if traumatic. The measure of his mission will assume the extension of the whole world then known, by virtue of the encounter and the relationship that has been established with Jesus. The deeper and more alive the relationship with the greater Christ will be the mission.
The challenge for any apostle is precisely this to bring out in his mission, wherever his faith and his experience of Jesus Christ occurs. This is true both for those who go far as for those who remain close to the Church that has generated it to the faith.
The true wealth of an apostle is not the human capacities that he can put into play, but his faith, his spiritual life, the experience of Christ, understood as love for his person. The important human and social promotion always risks to be in the foreground and to make the shadow of evangelization, if the kelp of the encounter with Jesus Christ does not emerge in the apostle. Renewing man from within means making him meet with Jesus, the new man. This costs fatigue and pain, trials and persecutions.
After two thousand years of Christianity, the mission that Christ entrusted to his Church is more than ever open, not only to those who are far away but even more to their neighbors, if not their relatives and family members. When St. Bernard began his monastic life he was followed by numerous relatives and family members, including four brothers; Saint Clare of Assisi was followed by her sister and mother. If we can not convince those close to us, we will not go very far.
We learn from the masters of faith and mission like St. Paul, then we will go far. Today, being a false apostle is much easier than yesterday. Maybe we can deceive others but we do not deceive God or the devil, who will laugh at us.
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of the ordinary time
Mk 3, 20-21
20 He entered a house and again a crowd gathered, so that they could not even eat. 21 Then his own, having heard this, went out to go and get him; in fact they said: «It is outside of oneself»
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
The exercise of faith.
This page of the Gospel should be read in the context of other texts of the Gospel in which people wonder about Jesus and what he does as in Nazareth (Lk 4:22), or when Jesus is warned that his relatives want to see him, for take it away. (Lk 8, 19-20). At the time of Jesus no one could make a judgment on Jesus, the easiest way was to declare him "outside of himself" (cf. Mt 3,21) or demoniac (cf. 3,22). Certainly not everyone thinks so, especially his disciples, who call him master.
What matters is what we think of Jesus today. Our opinion is the mirror of our faith, which in turn is the fruit of our Christian growth, which occurred day after day, starting from the gift of God received in baptism, continuously nourished by the sacraments, prayer, meditation of the Word of God and of Catholic doctrine.
If everyone wants to be good at what he is and what he does, he must practice: the athlete as an athlete, the painter as a painter, the pilot as a driver, and this to win, be the best, the greatest . So it must be of the Christian, who must not be content with a smattering of Christianity done at catechism, but become expert in faith, in the knowledge of Jesus.
Today it is not the panda bear at risk of extinction, but the Christian. Despite all the efforts made by the Church and families who have faith, the young generations struggle to receive the faith and move away from it.
What is the remedy? Today the Church to testify to her Lord Jesus Christ needs athletes in the discipline of faith and in holiness, who make their life of Christianity exercise. Only in this way, who Christ is will emerge. We do not realize the damage that a lukewarm, doubtful and tired faith can do, that does not keep the pace of Jesus, who does not transmit faith, that reaches the rite, but fails to enter into the mystery of God, as on Mount Tabor and to hear the words of God inviting them to listen to his Son.
There are no easy recipes, in order to obtain from faith it is necessary to practice: to make the knees work, to ask continuously the Holy Spirit and to exercise ourselves continuously in humility and charity. I am not the Christ, said St. John. Only fatigue pays. Good day.
Friday 12 January 2018
First week of ordinary
Mk 2: 1-12
1 He entered Cafàrnao again, after a few days. It was known that he was at home 2 and so many people gathered that there was no place even before the door; and he announced the Word to them.
3 They went to him carrying a paralytic, supported by four people. 4 However, since they could not bring it to him, because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof at the point where he was and, having made an opening, lowered the stretcher on which the paralytic was lying. 5 Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven."
6 Some scribes were seated there and thought in their hearts: 7 "Why is he speaking like this? Blasphemy! Who can forgive sins, if not God alone? " 8 And immediately Jesus, knowing in his spirit that they were thinking to himself, said to them, "Why do you think these things in your heart? 9 What is easier: to say to the paralytic "Your sins are forgiven", or to say, "Get up, take your stretcher and walk"? 10 Now, so that you may know that the Son of man has the power to forgive sins on earth, 11 I say to you - he said to the paralytic -: get up, take your stretcher and go to your house. " 12 He got up and immediately took his stretcher, under the eyes of all he went away, and everyone marveled and praised God, saying: "We have never seen anything like this!"
Comment by Tommaso Nuovo
Jesus doctor of the soul and of the body.
The paralytic lowered from the roof before Jesus, receives from four people the forgiveness of sins before the healing of his sickness. Sins are an obstacle to both the healing of the body and the spirit. When one commits evil and goes against the commandments of God, the first to suffer the consequences is precisely who makes them. This fact concerns both a great evil, like killing a person and a small evil, like saying a word that slanders and defames the other.
We do not know if the man on a stretcher was accused of some sin, even in the depths of his soul, but from what appears it seems that Jesus anticipates him by giving him an answer to his need to be forgiven. The four people who lowered him to Jesus certainly had the concern of the healing of the body, but Jesus saw deeper and healed the spirit first and then the body.
Jesus also replied to those who had been scandalized by the fact that he forgave sins, which belongs to God alone. The conclusion is obvious and instead of thinking of the presence of God, those men have sinned against the Holy Spirit. For this reason Jesus shows that his action on man is total and he heals the paralytic to testify for them.
We reflect little on the weight of sins and their consequences on body and spirit. Many diseases that have an organic cause in the weakness of our person, also have a spiritual cause. These diseases are related to disorders, abuses, or situations in which structures of sin mark our society and we are born and live in them.
Sin affects us in the senses, in the eyes, in the hands, in the words and in the thoughts, many times we get sick in the organ with which we sin.
The forgiveness of sins certainly acts for the salvation of the soul, but it can be the premise for the healing of the body. But the difference is made by faith. One thing is to face an illness with faith, one thing is to face it without faith or with a weak faith. A sickness, an accident, can be a great opportunity for conversion and salvation of the soul. We must learn to see in these facts a hidden grace, of which to profit immediately, thinking of the salvation of our soul, which is destined for eternal life. Like the soul so the body, which will be food for the worms, we must not condemn it with our sins, has eternal destiny: "I believe in the resurrection of the flesh". Jesus is the true physician of the soul and of the body and teaches us to be responsible to them: eternal life is at stake.Good day.