«In all the tears a hope lingers» because «heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never go away "

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Homiletics of the Fathers of The Island of Patmos

"IN ALL TEARS A HOPE DELAYS" BECAUSE "HEAVEN AND EARTH WILL PASS, BUT MY WORDS WILL NEVER PASS "

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If we are not more than cautious, a real form of neo-millennialism can arise, with excessive attention also to the modality of the so-called end of the world. Needless to say what can happen when certain Catholics fai-da-te, with specializations and theological doctorates taken up Facebook, they mix together the return of Christ at the end of time and above all the most misunderstood and badly lived Marian devotions.

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

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Meditation on the Holy Gospel of the 33rd Sunday of ordinary time

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Dear Readers of the Island of Patmos,

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Lately, the Gospel readings have called us to attention, to prudence and vigilance. Especially vigilance is a theme that is sometimes experienced excessively, sometimes in a minimal way.

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As for the excessive way, exaggerated and exasperated I have already told you about the US movement of the preppers the survivalisti. If we are not more than cautious, a real form of neo-millennialism can arise, with excessive attention also to the modality of the so-called end of the world. Needless to say what can happen when certain Catholics fai-da-te, with specializations and theological doctorates taken up Facebook, they mix together the return of Christ at the end of time and above all the most misunderstood and badly lived Marian devotions. But on this we speak in abundance, We Fathers de The island of Patmos, in our book The Church and the coronavirus, published by our editions in October 2020.

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Cinematography helps us to get into this theme. In fact, it is enough to remember when at the end of the nineties, films such as Armagedonn - Final Judgment and Deep Impact. In these films one could almost materially perceive a certain fear for the end of the millennium and the century at the now imminent times.. After that, The curtain also fell on the night of the millennium, we had to wait twelve years, to see the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012, con film omonimo e altra colossale catastrofe e fine dei giochi per tutti noi. In short, we wanted at all costs to want to understand how the present time had to end. A desire that is healthy, he moved without faith, hope and charity.

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This is the theme of the Gospel of this XXXIII Sunday of ordinary time. With obviously different shades. The beginning of the gospel is a proclamation of future days that, at first glance, deadly sembrano.

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"In those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened,, the moon will not give its light, the stars will fall from the sky and the powers that are in the heavens will be upset. Then they will see the Son of man coming on clouds with great power and glory " (MC 13, 24-26)

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In conclusion, a truly terrible scenario. Stay without light, with the stars, the moon and the sun that seem to devastate the entire universe. Yet this is the meaning of the parousia. A radical and definitive change in our whole person and in the relationship with God. In fact, our final vocation will be in the parousia: stop looking with the light of your eyes, to look at Jesus with the light of love and charity. With a light given to us by the Holy Spirit, the defined Light of Glory. We will therefore be gathered by the angels, for the most beautiful and final meeting. But don't worry! In fact, Jesus calls us to this meeting. To be ready to receive the light of glory, it is necessary to take a path of rootedness and union with God. This is possible if we follow the culmination of Jesus' teaching:

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' Verily I say: heaven and earth will pass away, but my words shall not pass away " (MC 13, 31)

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That of heaven and earth is a Hebrew formula to indicate the entire cosmos. So the whole cosmos will pass, will have an end, It has and logoi, God's Word will remain forever. Jesus is in fact the Logos of the father. Every single cell of our being depends on Christ's eternal yes to us. We are radically dependent on God. This is the first and last sense of remaining in the word of God.

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So if we commit ourselves to continually listen to the word of God from now on we will draw on his glory, in its light, to the grace that will be our lamps to walk and face these dark times with serenity. Listen to the word of God, together with the Sacraments, it is the nourishment of charity and hope, it is remembering that we are living in the time of the end but with the joy of the beginning.

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Simone De Beauvoir wrote: "In all the tears a hope lingers". For this we ask the Lord to live every day anchored to his Word, aware that if we also experience existential moments of sadness, we will receive the Trinitarian embrace of the One who is the only and definitive winner and Lord of History.

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"Sweet Jesus, Jesus 'love' (St. Caterina da Siena)

Rome, 13 November 2021

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Gabriele Giordano M. Scardocci Dell'Ordine dei Frati Predicatori Presbitero e Teologo ( Click on the name to read all its articles )