“Hospitality” as a secret space to be opened to God to become a place of donation

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“HOSPITALITY” AS A SECRET SPACE TO OPEN TO GOD BECAUSE DIVENTI LUOGO DI DONAZIONE

Jesus speaks of the welcome of a prophet and a just man. Who knows how to welcome them means that he is the first and just prophet. He says this because Jesus is the welcoming person par excellence and in turn wants to be welcomed into our lives. This causes us to receive Jesus who is the gift par excellence. So we are able to give ourselves and love, like He did, carrying our crosses, in the most difficult and complex moments of our life.

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Author:
Gabriele Giordano M. Scardocci, o.p.

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Rome, 28 June 2019, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, Gabriele Giordano Maria Scardocci, o.p. he is consecrated priest

a few years ago I read the story of the Secret Garden of the writer Frances Hodgson Burnett. It's Annie's story, a little girl who, on an English estate, casually discovers a garden, whose existence nobody knows, because it was made secret due to a tragic story. That garden, once opened to Annie's eyes it becomes a welcoming place, of growth and maturation.

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Similarly, in today's readings [see Liturgy of the Word, WHO], the Lord speaks to us first of all about welcoming a secret space to be opened to God, perché diventi luogo fecondo di donazione. In the Book of Kings we read:

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«I know that he is a man of God, a saint, the one who always passes by us. We make a small upper room, masonry, let's put a bed, a table, a chair and a candlestick » [2Re 4, 9-10].

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In this first reading, unnamed wife and husband open their home in Elisha, therefore as if they opened a space between him and God. Elisha prays and then prophesies; so comes a son for them, unexpected, and in a sense almost desperate. Husband and wife open up to God then experience God's intervention. So they are the first to be open and somehow fruitful.

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This is beauty of when we also open a space for God and for those who send us. This also happens today, for all of us, if we know how to open our heart and our intimacy to God's plan, it will really fill us with unexpected gifts, of an unexpected hundredfold, of friendships and joys we never expected. Therefore, from the acceptance of God's plan for us, a fruitful being comes. Saint Paul writes:

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«By means of baptism therefore we were buried with him in death so that, like Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too can walk in a new life " [RM 6, 4].

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Fertilization is expressed by Paul just in the new life we ​​live, starting with Baptism. In fact, from Baptism onwards, the Lord has taken up residence, has filled the space of our soul, allowing us to walk on a path of new life, to glory, therefore until we are with Him in Paradise. Il Battesimo è vita nuova feconda, because it allows all of us to be freed from original sin and filled with baptismal character, by the grace and gifts of the Holy Spirit. Così diviene feconda anche la nostra vita spirituale, perché in forza del battesimo viviamo la liturgia e una preghiera personale con cui chiediamo intercessione per gli altri battezzati. Quindi dall’accoglienza viene la fecondatività, e dalla fecondatività viene il dono di sé. Nel vangelo leggiamo:

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«Chi accoglie voi accoglie me, e chi accoglie me accoglie colui che mi ha mandato. Chi accoglie un profeta perché è un profeta, avrà la ricompensa del profeta, e chi accoglie un giusto perché è un giusto, avrà la ricompensa del giusto» [Mt 10, 40-41].

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Jesus speaks of the welcome of a prophet and a just man. Who knows how to welcome them means that he is the first and just prophet. He says this because Jesus is the welcoming person par excellence and in turn wants to be welcomed into our lives. This causes us to receive Jesus who is the gift par excellence. So we are able to give ourselves and love, like He did, carrying our crosses, in the most difficult and complex moments of our life.

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La ricompensa del giusto è allora l’imitazione di Gesù in un amore più grande, till death, un’imitazione che dopo la morte lo porterà a risorgere con Cristo stesso.

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Scriveva Voltaire «L’originalità non è altro che imitazione giudiziosa».

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Signore donaci il coraggio di imitarti nelle scelte decisive, la forza di aprire uno spazio in fondo al cuore, la tenerezza di donarci come te nella Trinità per amare fino alla fine.

Amen.

Rome, 28 June 2020

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2 thoughts on "“Hospitality” as a secret space to be opened to God to become a place of donation

  1. La festa di San Pietro e Paolo non ricorre da sempre il 29 June?
    Anyway, tanti auguri a Lei Padre Gabriele per il primo anniversario della Sua Consacrazione.

    1. Dear Ettore,

      è stato un errore, andava scrittonella vigila della solennità dei Santi Pietro e Paolo

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