O LE UPU NEI I FAITAUGA TELE
mo Setema 7th, 2017
Aso Tofi o le Luasefulu Lua Vaiaso i le Ordinary Time
Tusitusiga faʻa Liturgical iinei
PE AFEA Na fetalai atu Iesu i le motu o tagata, ma na ia faia foi i le papaʻu o le vaituloto. O iina, Na te fetalai ai ia latou i la latou tulaga, i faataoto, i le faigofie. Aua Na te silafia o le toʻatele e na o le fiailoa, saili i mea ofoofogia, mulimuli mamao mai…. Ae ina ua finagalo Iesu e valaʻau le au Aposetolo ia te Ia lava, na Ia fetalai atu ia i latou e o i fafo "i le loloto."
Tuu i fafo i le vai loloto ma tuu i lalo au upega mo se i'a. (Talalelei o le Aso)
This instruction might have seemed somewhat bizarre to Simon Peter. For good fishing tends to be in shallower waters, or near drop-offs that lead to the depths. Moreover, the further out to sea they go, the more at risk they are of being caught in stormy waters. Yes, Jesus asks Simon to go against the grain of his flesh, against his instincts, against his fears… and to faʻalagolago.
For a long time, many of us have been following Jesus at a distance. We go to Mass regularly, say our prayers, and try to be good people. But now, Jesus is calling apostles into the deep. He’s calling to Himself a people, if only a remnant, who are willing to go against the grain of their flesh, against their worldly instincts and, above all, their fears. To go against the overwhelming majority of the world today, and even portions of the Church which are descending more and more into a formalized apostasy.
But as He said to Simon Peter, He now says to you and I, calmly, and with a passionate glint in His eye:
Do not be afraid… Put out into deep water… (Today’s Gospel)
Ua matou fefefe, of course, because of what it might cost us. ff. Fefe i le Valaau But Jesus is only afraid of what we might lose: the opportunity to become our true selves—restored in His image in which we were created. You see, we think that as long as we have a beach to run to (false security); as long as we have a shore to stand on (control); as long as we can keep the breakers at a distance (false peace), that we are then truly free. But the fact is that, until we learn to depend entirely upon God, letting the winds of the Holy Spirit blow us “into the deep” where true sanctification happens… we will always remain shallow in truth and spirit. One foot in the world, and one foot out… lukewarm. There will always be a part of us that remains untransformed, the lingering old man, a dark shadow of our fallen natures.
This is why the Church constantly looks to Mary, that first Apostle, and first to sail totally and unreservedly into the depths of God’s heart.
Mary is totally dependent upon God and completely directed towards Him, and at the side of her Son [where she still suffered], she is the most perfect image of freedom and of the liberation of humanity and of the universe. It is to her as Mother and Model that the Church must look in order to understand in its completeness the meaning of her own mission. —POPE IOANE PAULO II,Toe Faʻatau Materi, Le. 37
What God wants to do in His Church i lenei taimi i le talafaʻasolopito has never been done before. It is to bring about a “new and divine holiness” that is the crown and completion of all the other sanctities that He has ever poured out upon His Bride. It is a…
… Paia ma le paia ”paia o loʻo finagalo le Agaga Paʻia e faʻatamaoaigaina ai le au Kerisiano i le amataga o le meleniuma lona tolu, ina ia avea ai Keriso ma fatu o le lalolagi. —POPE IOANE PAULO II, L'Osservatore Romano, Igilisi Igilisi, Iulai 9th, 1997
In that regard, it is both historical and eschatological. And it depends upon the fiat of each and everyone of us. As Jesus said to Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta regarding the coming reign of His Divine Will in the Church:
O le taimi o le a faʻalauiloa ai nei tusitusiga e faʻatatau ma faʻalagolago i le agaga o tagata o loʻo fia maua se sili lelei, faʻapea foi ma le taumafaiga a i latou e tatau ona faʻaaogaina i latou o latou pu o loʻo aveina a latou taulaga. le taulaga o le folafolaina i le vaitau fou o le filemu… - Iesu ia Luisa, O Le Meaalofa o Le Ola i le Finagalo Paia i Tusitusiga a Luisa Piccarreta, n. 1.11.6, Rev. Iosefa Iannuzzi
And it is Marian in nature, as the Blessed Virgin Mary is the “prototype” and image of the Church’s restoration. Thus, her complete obedience and docility to the Father are precisely what it means to go “into the deep.” St. Louis de Montfort gives a powerful prophetic window into these times:
O le Agaga Paʻia, mauaina lana Toʻalua Toʻalua ua i ai nei i agaga, o le a sau i lalo ia i latou ma le mana tele. O le a ia faʻatumuina i latou i ana meaalofa, ae maise le poto, latou te gaosia ai le ofoofogia o le alofa tunoa tausaga o Maria, when many souls, chosen by Mary and given her by the most High God, will hide themselves completely in the depths of her soul, becoming living copies of her, loving and glorifying Jesus… the greatest saints, those richest in grace and virtue will be the most assiduous in praying to the most Blessed Virgin, looking up to her as the perfect model to imitate and as a powerful helper to assist them… I said that this will happen especially towards the end of the world, and indeed soon, because Almighty God and his holy Mother are to raise up great saints who will surpass in holiness most other saints as much as the cedars of Lebanon tower above little shrubs… Illumined by her light, strengthened by her food, guided by her spirit, supported by her arm, sheltered under her protection, they will fight with one hand and build with the other. With one hand they will give battle, overthrowing and crushing heretics and their heresies… With the other hand they will build the temple of the true Solomon and the mystical city of God, namely, the Blessed Virgin, who is called by the Fathers of the Church the Temple of Solomon and the City of God… They will be ministers of the Lord who, like a flaming fire, will enkindle everywhere the fires of divine love. (n. 217, 46-48, 56) —St. Louis de Montfort, Faamaoni Moni i le Virgin Virgin, n217, Montfort Lomiga
When we read this, perhaps our response is the same as that of Simon Peter: “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” That is a healthy response—self-knowledge is essential, the first truth that “sets us free.” Because only God can transform us from our sinful nature into holy men and women, that is, into our moni oe lava.
And so Jesus repeats to you and I now: “Do not be afraid… give to me your fiat: your obedience, faithfulness, and docility to My Spirit, in every moment, from now on… and I will make you fishers of men.”
…we do not cease praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruit and growing in the knowledge of God, strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy giving thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light. (Today’s first reading)
Mareko i Filatelefia
Konafesi Aoao a le
Afi o le Alofa
o le Le mama Atoa o Maria
Mark Mallett - Tagata pese, Tusitala, Tusitala
Tony Mullen - Faʻatonu a le Atunuʻu o le Afi o le Alofa
Fr. Jim Blount - Sosaiete a le tatou Tamaitai o le Tolutasi Paia Sili Ona Paia
Hector Molina - Faʻalauiloaina upega a le Matagaluega
Mo nisi faʻamatalaga, kiliki iinei
Faʻamanuia ma faʻafetai mo
lau meaalofa i lenei matagaluega.
E malaga ma Mareko i le le Lenei le Upu,
kiliki i luga le fuʻa i lalo e lesitala.
O lau imeli o le a le faʻasoaina i se tasi.