From prayer to the terrible question: "When the Son of Man will return, find faith on earth?»

Homiletics of the Fathers of The Island of Patmos

PRAYER FROM THE TERRIBLE QUESTION: "WHEN THE SON OF MAN WILL RETURN, FIND FAITH ON THE EARTH?»

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In life everyone has or has had deep friendships, and depending on how much time we spent with our friend, of what we shared with him, our love for him or her increases. He wrote the philosopher Aristotle: "Friendship is a soul dwelling in two bodies, a heart that lives in two souls ".

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

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Salvador Dali: Girl at the window

in this XXIX Sunday of ordinary time, the liturgy offers us considerable food for thought [see Liturgy of the Word, WHO]. In life everyone has had, of hectares, deep friendships and, depending on how much time we spent with our friend, of what we shared with him, our love for him or her increases. He wrote the philosopher Aristotle:

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"Friendship is a soul dwelling in two bodies, a heart that lives in two souls ".

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This being as one It is therefore made possible by an open and sincere dialogue that believers becomes possible for us making us one with the Lord through the most lively and fruitful dialogue: prayer. Just this tell us about the songs today. Let's start from the first reading Old Testament:

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"Moses said to Joshua,: "Choose us some men and go out, fight against Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill, with the rod of God "in hand" [Is 17,1]

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The Jewish People It is supported by Moses while fighting the Amalekites, one of the armies of the most aggressive and therefore quite hard to defeat. Moses joined army Jewish, for which invokes God to support them.

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For us prayer thus indicates a union with those in spiritual warfare, but also it is wanting in a test phase. Praying can mean continually invoke the strength and support of God towards those who suffer and can be a moral fatigue, physics, spiritual. Prayer is therefore first call upon God as support for those we love. It's intercession as almost get in the middle between God and his people. This is why Jesus himself asks his disciples to never stop praying, as explained the Gospel passage:

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"During that time, Jesus told his disciples a parable about the need to pray, tirelessly " [LC 18, 1].

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In the parable of the Lord ago so see how the widow turns continually to the judge gets tired of hearing it kick, and eventually fulfills. With this provocation of Jesus to the disciples becomes evident: the judge who has no relationship with the widow, can not resist the constant complaints. The Lord instead has an intimate relationship with us, if we ask the right thing by prayer, We will hear us. The unceasing prayer, at the same time he teaches us to ask the Lord, but at the same time to learn to ask what is needed for us.

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That final question of Jesus: "When the Son of Man will return, find faith on the earth " [LC 18,1] also shows a connection between faith and prayer. Faith feeds the prayer and at the same time the prayer is nourished by faith. Even a dying faith or underactive through prayer rediscovers life, because all our life of faith finds nourishment in prayer and in the sacraments.

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At this point then we see how they pray unceasingly. He says St. Paul speaking to Timothy: please ceaselessly if we pray with the word of God:

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"But you keep balance in what you have learned and are convinced, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you know the Sacred Scriptures: They are able to instruct for salvation, which is obtained through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, to convince, correcting and training in righteousness, That the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work " [2 TM 3, 14-16]

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The word of God is God and it helps to do good works, especially works of charity that help us become saints. If we pray with the Word of God, It becomes a continuous way of praying. There are many ways to pray, therefore, with the word of God, such as read a short passage from the Gospel day, before going to work. Or to make a longer prayer there is lectio divina, as reading, meditation, prayer and contemplation of God's word.

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The German Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote: "To pray is to catch your breath before God; pray is to rely on God ".

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We ask the Lord to help to ensure the vital oxygen our prayer becomes day by day, and united to the sacraments, both the lungs with which to breathe a life of joyful faith, satisfaction and fullness of himself.

Amen.

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Rome, 19 October 2019

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3 thoughts on "From prayer to the terrible question: "When the Son of Man will return, find faith on earth?»

  1. Se il povero Cristo dovesse mai scendere sulla Terra, parafrasando Dostoevskij, troverebbe il paludato inquisitore Ariel di Gualdo che lo affronterebbe con le parole:” Why have you come to disturb us?”. Il Cristo, mute, gli sorriderebbe, lo bacerebbe sulla fronte e se ne andrebbe disgustato, senza profferire verbo.

    1. e siccome, Christ, un giorno tornerà nella gloria per giudicare i vivi e i morti, lei sa anche chi giudicherà e come li giudicherà?
      Lei si rende conto che affermare che cosa Cristo farà e come lo farà, è una vera e propria blasfemia? Nessuno può sapere Cristo cosa farà e come lo farà, salvo essere un dio più dio di Lui.

      What say, sicuramente alla destra e alla sinistra di Cristo, che darà avvio alla parusia presso la neocatecumenale Domus Galiaeae, ci saranno Kiko e Carmen a dirgli: “Questo sì, questo no!”
      In fondo, al suo Vicario in terra, la diva Carmen lo interruppe pubblicamente per due volte al fine di correggere delle cose a suo dire sbagliate che il Sommo Pontefice aveva detto.

      And remember: Christ, dei suoi sacerdoti, non è mai disgustato, neppure di quelli che si dannano l’anima e finiscono nell’Inferno, anyway because, persino all’Inferno i sacerdoti di Cristo ci finiscono con tutta quella loro eterna dignità sacerdotale da voi non riconosciuta in nome di un solo, unico ed eretico sacerdozio, dato che a dire di Kiko “we are all priests”.

      And remember: “gli inquisitori”, nel senso spregiativo in cui lei intende questo ufficio, sono i vostri mega-catechisti. Lo prova il fatto che io, come confessore, mai e poi mai mi permetterei di rivolgere quelle delicate e invasive domande che dei laici praticoni come i vostri ignorantissimi mega-catechisti osano rivolgere ai poveri settaristi durante quelle confessioni pubbliche chiamate scrutini.

      E si provi a dire che non è vero.

    2. Se io dico al malvagio: Tu morirai! e tu non lo avverti e non parli perché il malvagio desista dalla sua condotta perversa e viva, he, il malvagio, morirà per la sua iniquità, ma della sua morte io domanderò conto a te.
      Ma se tu ammonisci il malvagio ed egli non si allontana dalla sua malvagità e dalla sua perversa condotta , egli morirà per il suo peccato, ma tu ti sarai salvato.
      Thus, se il giusto si allontana dalla sua giustizia e commette l’iniquità, io porrò un ostacolo davanti a lui ed egli morirà; poiché tu non l’avrai avvertito, morirà per il suo peccato e le opere giuste da lui compiute non saranno più ricordate; ma della morte di lui domanderò conto a te.
      Se tu invece avrai avvertito il giusto di non peccare ed egli non peccherà, egli vivrà, perché è stato avvertito e tu ti sarai salvato ». (This 3. 18-24)

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