IL-KELMA ISSA FUQ IL-QARI TAL-QUDDIESA
għall-Ġimgħa, l-1 ta ’Lulju, 2016
Agħżel. Tifkira ta ’San Ġuniperu Serra
Testi Liturġiċi hawn
KEMM ħafna intqal f’din is-Sena tal-Ġublew tal-Ħniena dwar l-imħabba u l-ħniena ta ’Alla lejn il-midinbin kollha. Wieħed jista 'jgħid li l-Papa Franġisku verament imbotta l-limiti biex "jilqa'" lill-midinbin fi ħdan il-Knisja. cf. Il-Linja Rqiqa Bejn il-Ħniena u l-Ereżija-Parti I-III Kif jgħid Ġesù fil-Vanġelu tal-lum:
Dawk li huma tajbin m'għandhomx bżonn tabib, imma l-morda għandhom. Mur u tgħallem it-tifsira tal-kliem, Nixtieq il-ħniena, mhux is-sagrifiċċju. Ma ġejtx biex insejjaħ lill-ġusti imma lill-midinbin.
The Church does not exist, as it were, to be some kind of a spiritual “country club”, or worse, a mere custodian of laws and doctrines. As Pope Benedict said,
Allura ħafna drabi x-xhieda kontra-kulturali tal-Knisja tinftiehem ħażin bħala xi ħaġa lura u negattiva fis-soċjetà tal-lum. Huwa għalhekk li huwa importanti li nenfasizzaw l-Aħbar it-Tajba, il-messaġġ li jagħti l-ħajja u jsaħħaħ il-ħajja tal-Vanġelu. Anki jekk huwa meħtieġ li nitkellmu bil-qawwa kontra l-ħażen li jhedduna, irridu nikkoreġu l-idea li l-Kattoliċiżmu huwa sempliċement "ġabra ta 'projbizzjonijiet". —Address to Irish Bishops; VATICAN CITY, October 29, 2006
And yet, I think there is a gap today in the Church’s missionary activity between the extremes of “mercy without the law” and the “law without mercy.” And it is the witness of those who proclaim not only the great joy in knowing God’s love and unconditional mercy, but the joy that comes from following His laws. Indeed, the world’s protagonists do a good job of painting the doctrines of the Church as stifling, fun-killing statutes. But in truth, it is precisely in living God’s Word that a soul’s thirst for peace is quenched and the bread of happiness is consumed.
Yes, days are coming, says the Lord GOD, when I will send famine upon the land: Not a famine of bread, or thirst for water, but for hearing the word of the LORD. Then shall they wander from sea to sea and rove from the north to the east In search of the word of the LORD, but they shall not find it. (Today’s first reading)
It is hard not to read Amos’ prophecy and see its fulfillment in our day, for those who preach the milja of the Good News are few and far between. And the Good News is not only that God so loved us that He sent His only Son to die for us, but that He has left us a means to abide in that love: His commandments.
Jekk inti tħares il-kmandamenti tiegħi, int tibqa 'fl-imħabba tiegħi, bħalma jien żammejt il-kmandamenti ta' Missieri u nibqa 'fl-imħabba tiegħu. Għedtlek dan sabiex il-ferħ tiegħi jkun fik u l-ferħ tiegħek ikun sħiħ. (Ġwanni 15: 10-11)
And this is why part of the Great Commission of the Church is not only baptizing and making disciples of the nations, but Jesus also said that it is “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” 28 Matt: 20 It is precisely in these teachings of Jesus on marriage and sexuality, personal conduct, justice, service, and fraternity that we will find the means for our joy to be made complete.
I have been blessed to have witnessed the wedding of not only my Christian daughter, but of her friends. This generation of young people are marrying as virgins. The joy and peace at these weddings is utterly palpable with a true sense and awareness of a Sacrament taking place. The vows are said with the heart and the kind of attentiveness and love that is the antithesis of a culture of lust. The Bride and Groom have waited for each other, and their anticipation and innocence is far from a sense of having been deprived, oppressed, or suffocated by Church law. It is romance in the truest sense. Their wedding speeches often include references to Jesus and the Faith instead of the all too common fare of risqué humor. The dances often last for hours with ballroom-style dancing and more wholesome songs. I remember speaking to one father who was stunned at the conduct of the young people. They were having a blast without getting drunk, and he couldn’t believe how much alcohol they were going to have to ritorn after the wedding. As such, this new generation of young Christians are revealing the utter ferħ u, sbuħija in following God’s commandments—as much as a rose, that follows the laws of nature, reveals a wonderful splendor.
Sadly, the world no longer has ears to hear the teachings of the Church. The pulpits have lost, for the most part, their moral credibility due to the scandals, modernism, and intellectualism that has dominated them the past fifty years. However, the world cannot resist the light of authentic Christian witness. Ħallina Uri the world the joy of purity. Let us reveal to them the happiness in fidelity, the peace in moderation, the restfulness and contentment in self-control. Recall again the wise words of Paul VI:
In-nies jisimgħu b'aktar rieda lix-xhieda milli lill-għalliema, u meta n-nies jisimgħu lill-għalliema, huwa għax huma xhieda. Huwa għalhekk primarjament bl-imġieba tal-Knisja, permezz ta ’xhieda ħajja ta’ fedeltà lejn il-Mulej Ġesù, li l-Knisja tevanġelizza d-dinja. —POP PAWLU VI, L-Evanġelizzazzjoni fid-Dinja Moderna, n. 41
There is a famine today for the word of God. May our witness be the water that quenches the thirsty and feeds the famished.
P. Blessed are they who observe his decrees, who seek him with all their heart.
R. One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. (Today’s Psalm)
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|cf. Il-Linja Rqiqa Bejn il-Ħniena u l-Ereżija-Parti I-III
|28 Matt: 20