The manly tenderness of the Warriors of Light, mandates as sheep among wolves

Homiletics of the Fathers of The Island of Patmos

THE MANLY TENDERNESS OF THE WARRIORS OF LIGHT, MANDATES AS SHEEP IN THE MIDST OF WOLVES

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Being lambs sent by Jesus is a bit’ this: be warriors of Light, able to defeat the wolves, od ammansirli, per la potenza di grazia di Colui che ci ha mandati come agnelli in mezzo a lupi.

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

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Dear brothers and sisters,

guerrieri della luce

Questa XIV domenica del tempo ordinario ci offre un Vangeli denso di immagini che ci parla della missione affidata da Cristo agli Apostoli [cf. texts of the Liturgy of the Word, WHO].

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In questi periodi di vacanza può capitare spesso di fare memoria di quando eravamo più piccoli. Quando le vacanze al mare erano con i nostri genitori, e si trascorreva molto tempo in spiaggia fra scherzi, giochi e tanta dolcezza e tenerezza. Anche adesso, se trascorriamo del periodo coi nostri genitori, ringraziamo Dio per il dono del loro amore e della fede: questo infatti ci ha portato fino ad oggi e fino a qui, ad essere chi siamo nella via del Signore.

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Today's readings vogliono farci addentrare in questo grande mistero di Dio nella sua consolazione e tenerezza che ci invia ad essere creature nuove, and therefore sent his great love.

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In the prophetic texts vetero testamentary let's read:«As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort; in Jerusalem you will be comforted " [Is 66, 13]. Note that the third Isaiah writes in the Jewish exile after the VI BC, so the City of Jerusalem, in this exact circumstance, It is the place that symbolically evokes the maternal consolation of God. This teaches us that God is not locked up in heaven but we are consoled, There is nearby with a mother's affection. Of this tenderness often talks about Pope Francis, e questo ci deve far porre attenzione: la tenerezza consolatrice è uno degli elementi caratteristici propri di Dio, quasi fosse il DNA stesso di Dio. Noi non siamo lontani da questa mano tenera del Signore, eterno innamorato di noi. We are comforted when we are absolved in confession and when we receive the fragrance of the Eucharist. Or in the friendly mercy of a few friends and family.

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This consolation It makes us a new brand. In a passage in his apostolic letters St. Paul writes:

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"It is not circumcision that counts, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature " [cf. Maybe 6, 15].

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Receiving the consolation and tenderness of God makes us feel dearly loved. Change our whole way of being from head to toe. E nonostante i nostri difetti, peccati, vizi, debolezze noi siamo continuamente amati da Dio. Nel suo amore, ogni giorno siamo resi nuovi, ricostruiti, riprogettati ogni volta che ci sembra di fallire. Ognuno di noi è chiamato a un progetto più grande da Dio stesso: so we are incredibly made new by the Lord, strong and at a quiet time and serene in His Truth.

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Consulates and made new creatures, finally God sends us. As he did with the seventy-two disciples described herein in Luke's Gospel. These disciples Jesus says: "Go: here, I am sending you like lambs among wolves " [LC 10,3].

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We too are sent, as new creatures to bring the consolation and affection that we have received. This allows us to also convey the joy and communion with God. It allows us to be missionaries of peace in the sufferings and difficulties of life, of all those who meet. This is the optics to be lambs among wolves. The wolf is the biblical image of those rapacious robber who comes in the night. It is the image of the current culture that does not respect those in need of care. Consider in this regard to the terrible suffering that is suffering now Vincent Lambert [cf. WHO]. The lamb instead is the image of someone who is gentle and good. Appunto di chi è ripieno della pace di Dio e si fa missionario della luce e della consolazione di Dio.

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Ricordo di aver letto a 16 year old un bellissimo libro di Paulo Coelho, da un titolo altrettanto splendido: Manuale del Guerriero della Luce.

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Essere agnelli mandati da Gesù and a little’ this: be warriors of Light, able to defeat the wolves, od ammansirli, per la potenza di grazia di Colui che ci ha mandati come agnelli in mezzo a lupi.

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May the Lord grant us the light of His grace and His consolation, because we become alive and authentic tradition of His Love who gave himself up to the end.

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Amen.

Rome 6 July 2019

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News from the Dominican Province Roman: "The right to live and the right not to suffer: living wills', Riccardo Lufrani, o.p. [text, WHO].

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