Risen Christ antidote to the coronavirus: "Wake up, O sleeper, arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you "

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RISEN CHRIST THE ANTIDOTE CORONAVIRUS: "WAKE UP, OR THAT YOU SLEEP, Arise from the dead and Christ will give you light "

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Virus quarantine lets us home, modifying the freedom, habits, needs. But there is a way out. If I have Christ, indeed if I allow Christ to possess me, although I find I barricaded himself in the house, I am free. Fossi also jailed for my faith, as well as they have experienced the apostles, Christ would still make me a free man. If we are with the Lord, any situation can be overcome, the misfortune is to be without Christ, it is wanting to be pastors of oneself. Paradoxically we find out now what our supposed freedom may be limited, As our lives can be blurred, as what we consider real look like in reality to a long sleep.

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Author
Ivano Liguori, Ofm. Capp.

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Letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians: 5, 14.

In this Laetare Sunday [Liturgy of the Word, WHO], resonates the expression: "Wake up, O sleeper, déstati from the dead, and Christ will shine on you ", this ancient statement taken from the Letter to the Ephesians sums up hope in this time of darkness that we are all living. Coronavirus is the dark this time, it is the dark evil that deludes itself to challenge the light of Christ. The word of the Gospel of today questioning the whole Church the Sunday of Lent traditionally dedicated to the joy. L'antiphon d'ingresso Canta:

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Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all ye that love her, regroup.

Exult and rejoice, you who mourned for her:

eat your fill of the abundance of your consolation.

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Perhaps someone may seem almost insulting speak of joy in such a critical situation like the one we are living in Italy. Every day we come abreast of new infections, they inform us about the number of victims. There are reports about the inability to die in God's grace many hospitalized brothers, which after being removed from their families to be hospitalized, also they seem forgotten by God. At this juncture theand words of Psalm 137 certainly appear closer to our current mood:

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Along the rivers of Babylon,

there sat down and wept

we remembered Zion.

The willows in the land

We hanged our harps ...

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And yet, It's not like that, as believers we can not tell time with this resignation, with only human categories. We must learn once and for all that history belongs to God, it is he who leads it even if in a mysterious way to our eyes. We just know that all things work for good for those who love God, ricordiamocelo always, all things work together for good for those who love God.

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It is our habit before evil, to sin, the disease frantically search the culprit: "Rabbi, who sinned, he or his parents, he was born blind?» [GV 9, 1-2], so Christ's disciples put the question to the teacher, but basically it is the same question that everyone arises in these hours: who is to blame for the infection Coronavirus? Where is the responsibility? It is not the time to hunt down the culprits, They do not need alibis or excuses to make it more digestible evil, It can not normalize that which can not be normalized. We need a way out, we need Christ.

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The blindness that afflicts this man is selfishness image that rejects God, of that condition of life that is independent of the Lord. Blindness leads to darkness and the darkness of death, Good Friday and Holy Saturday are days of darkness. But in Christ there is no darkness or blindness, he is the light, Easter Sunday is a day of light. Today is the day when we are called to rediscover the light, not to look down at our sins but to turn our gaze to Christ, Light of the nations, he is the definitive alternative in the dark. Just as it was for the blind, we must leave to Jesus the task of reshaping our lives. Not through the mud of weakness but by the grace of the Holy Spirit.

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If Christ does not make me again, if it does not blow over me the Spirit of Life, I will always dead, I will always be in the dark, I will never get up from sleep. This virus scare us, it is comprensible, however it is to our lives a salutary warning: remember that you are blind, remember that you are immersed in the darkness sleep, only Christ is your shepherd. We really this conviction? Jesus is the whole of our existence? It is true that when we Him nothing we miss? Let's think about it ...

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Virus quarantine lets us home, modifying the freedom, habits, needs. But there is a way out. If I have Christ, indeed if I allow Christ to possess me, although I find I barricaded himself in the house, I am free. Fossi also jailed for my faith, as well as they have experienced the apostles, Christ would still make me a free man. If we are with the Lord, any situation can be overcome, the misfortune is to be without Christ, it is wanting to be pastors of oneself. Paradoxically we find out now what our supposed freedom may be limited, As our lives can be blurred, as what we consider real look like in reality to a long sleep.

Let's wake, destiamoci from sleep, come to light.

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Laconi, 22 March 2020

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To stay as close as possible to the faithful in this time of crisis and emergency, the editorial staff of The Island of Patmos informs readers that our author Father Ivano LIGUORI, Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, Care on Facebook the heading 'THE WORD NETWORK ", offering of three times a week meditations. You can access the edited page from our Father clicking on the logo below:

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