From the survivors of the catastrophic cinematography to the Kingdom of Christ which has no end

Homiletics of the Fathers of The Island of Patmos

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SURVIVORS FROM THE CATASTROPHIC CINEMA IN CHRIST WILL NOT END UNITED

do not fidget, or let's take it from various anxieties, we are not Preppers the Survivalisti, we are Christi fideles. We live so serenely our work and our daily lives, firm and steadfast in the faith, and really even the greatest difficulty we will face them certain of the presence of Jesus.

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

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Dear brothers and sisters,

The survivors (Survivors) British television series of post-apocalyptic setting produced by the BBC in 1975. The plot is based on a scenario in which the whole world has been hit by an epidemic caused by a deadly virus, which it is just escaped the 1% of the world population.

in the last century it has emerged in the United States the movement of Preppers the Survivalisti. This movement brings together people firmly convinced of an imminent irreversible catastrophe economic, war or environmental: so they are prepared to survive the worst living conditions; They are preparing for the "end of the" known world, for example anti building atomic shelters at home, making a perpetual collection of foodstuffs or imposing a regime of frugality. The preppers prepare for the worst, to a time of the end according to a human mentality.

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We must prepare all at a time when this period will end: but we must do it with the joy of the beginning. We have to prepare the final encounter with Jesus, knowing that he is the beginning of the meeting.

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The readings for this Sunday XXXIII Ordinary Time [see Liturgy of the Word, WHO] today offer us this perspective, from the Book of Malachi in which we read:

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"He's coming, burning like an oven. All the proud and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble:; that day, coming, burn them until they left them neither root nor branch. For you, you have fear of my name, it will rise with healing rays the sun of justice ".

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The prophet Malachi stands proud and arrogant by God-fearing, that is, those who live with a devout faith and true. For the first, when the day of the Lord, there will be more chances of conversion and return back. This is to Malachy is a call to the unjust to the review of their lives. God takes seriously our conduct: if we turn away from Him by sinning, do not force anyone to repent; freely instead it helps us get back on our friendship with him. So let's think about what are the sins that often repeat, and that they have become so routine that not even realize that we make.

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To come therefore with a living faith and true, this attention is needed. In fact we will be trying times of our faith and our life. In today's Gospel we read:

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"They will lay their hands on you and persecute you, […] because of my name. You will then have opportunity to bear witness. Settle it therefore in your minds not to prepare your defense; I will give you a mouth and wisdom, so that all your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict ".

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The consistency until the end the Catholic faith requires, for the same teaching of Jesus, persecution and slander. But the Lord will not leave us alone, anything: give us a word - stoma - a language that is able to respond to false accusations. At the same time it gives us the gift of wisdom, with which we will grasp where the error is being proposed as absolute truth by our persecutors. So with the word and wisdom of Jesus, we can reach the Meeting with Him with great strength and personality.

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St. Paul offers us one last tip on how to live this time of waiting:

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"We hear that some among you are living a disorderly life, without doing anything and always in turmoil. Such people, urge in the Lord Jesus Christ, we order to earn their living by working quietly ".

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So we do not fidget, or let's take it from various anxieties, we are not Preppers the Survivalisti, we are Christi fideles. We live so serenely our work and our daily lives, firm and steadfast in the faith, and really even the greatest difficulty we will face them certain of the presence of Jesus.

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He wrote W. Goethe:

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"How to reach a goal? Without haste, but without pause ".

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May the Lord grant us the tenacity to walk without stopping toward the ultimate goal, and so, together with those who love find ourselves in Paradise, to live the Sunday without end in the embrace Trinitarian.

Amen.

Rome, 17 November 2019

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4 thoughts on "From the survivors of the catastrophic cinematography to the Kingdom of Christ which has no end

  1. D’accordo con Lei. Devo fare il mio dovere. Nulla di più e nulla di meno. Non è mio dovere avere fede, è mio dovere fare ciò che la mia coscienza mi dice esser mio dovere fare. Non so se ci sarà qualcosa. La mia vita un giorno, near or far, si concluderà. Nessuna ansia, nessuna agitazione; massima tranquillità, come suggerisce Paolo; lavorare (cioè fare ciò che devo fare), senza fretta ma senza sosta.
    Concluso il mio percorso, ci sarà un Dio che mi giudica? non lo so; in ogni caso ci sarà la mia coscienza che mi giudica.

  2. Padre Gabriele grazie!
    Ho letto con interesse la riflessione proposta sulla Parola dell’ultima domenica.
    Mi ha dato una grande consolazione e una via: la semplicità, la serenità nell’andare avanti fiduciosi in Dio. La serietà con cui prendere la propria vita, guardando a quei peccati che commettiamo più di frequente e ai quali non facciamo neanche più caso.
    Il tutto con moderazione e nessuna forzatura.
    Mi è tornato alla mente un passo del Profeta a me molto caro:

    Isaiah 30, 15
    Poiché così dice il Signore Dio, il Santo d’Israele:
    «Nella conversione e nella calma sta la vostra salvezza,
    nell’abbandono confidente sta la vostra forza».
    Lei ha donato un esempio meraviglioso di come fare l’omelia per aiutare i fedeli che arrivano assetati e desiderosi di arrivare ben disposti all’incontro eucaristico con il loro Re e Signore Cristo Gesù Amore.

    Pax

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