29 August 2020
By Stefania Caterina and Tomislav Vlašić
Tomislav Vlašić: Dearest Brothers and Sisters; we have begun with our Liturgy. Today I would like to deepen our inner participation in the Liturgy and in the life of God. The subject is “Taking Part in the New Humanity”. The life of the new people is life in God, with God and for God.
The readings of this Sunday, the 22nd Sunday, Year A, are very suitable to draw a dynamic, inner participation in the life of the Most Holy Trinity with all Three Divine Persons. Let us return to the beginning of this year when we solemnly consecrated ourselves to Mary Most Holy, renewed our Baptism in the name of Jesus, and thus the Holy Spirit descended on us; then we consecrated ourselves to the Most Holy Trinity, and afterwards the Father spoke to us. What happened at the beginning of this year is the path that we have to follow every time we celebrate the Liturgy as it must lead us to an increasingly profound participation in the Eternal Laws. The Laws of Eternal life are in the life of God.
There are situations in which one has to be united with the instruments that God has provided: the Archangels who are before God’s throne and the Immaculate Mother, Coredemptrix, Mother and Queen of the new humanity. The person must be aware of the communion of the saints. From this awareness arises the task of taking responsibility for our brothers and sisters in Purgatory, on Earth and in the Universe so that all are given to the Trinitarian vortex and increasingly immersed in the action of the Three Divine Persons. The Holy Spirit explained this to us on 12 January of this year when He said that all Three Persons must express themselves in fullness in us an in His Church.
I turn to those who have consecrated themselves to the Most Holy Trinity: whoever participates in this Liturgy must not do it without inner involvement. They have to find a way to enter into relationship with the living God and be living people. When we are vivified by His Love, we develop new relationships with ourselves and others, always in God. The participation in the Liturgy that unfolds before God’s throne does not admit any hypocrisy, falsehood, deception or superficiality. This is what I want to underline so that we understand the times we are living in, for God wants to attract the part of humanity that wants to live with Him and make it new. At the same time, He wants to make us aware that the speed of the events, which have to take place, depends on our true participation in the Eternal Heavenly Liturgy.
I will read the conclusion of the message of God the Father of 19 January, “I Renew My Alliance with You”. “And you, My people, live with faith, courage and love, and you will not lack anything you need.” You will not lack anything. “I thank you for each step you will do with Me. Remember well that from now you are absolute property of the Most Holy Trinity, from whom you depend in everything. You will no longer rely on human science, doctrines and human technology, but you will live at the service of the Most Holy Trinity who will make of you a new humanity. I promise this to you and I bless you; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
If we read these words carefully and immerse ourselves in them and through them in God’s life, then we understand that we can have everything in God, that we will be given all we need and that we are the property of the Most Holy Trinity. This does not have the human meaning of possessing or holding someone to oneself. It means that the Triune God wants to develop our life so that we become the new humanity; the humanity that Jesus took with Him to the Father, the place that Mary Most Holy, our Immaculate Mother, reached.
As I said, today’s Liturgy leads us to an inner dynamic. Let us look at the prophet Jeremiah, who was consecrated to God from the moment of conception. We assume that Jeremiah said a clear “Yes” to God. God prepared him in silence for the time of his mission; he was to uproot, demolish, construct and plant, but then this holy man became depressed.
“You deceived me, Lord, and I was deceived …. I am ridiculed all day long; everyone mocks me.” Whoever says “yes” becomes a sign of contradiction and has to be a bright sign of the presence of the Most Holy Trinity. As happened to Jeremiah, man wants to escape continuous opposition. The priests, the leaders of the people, everyone mocked him and threatened him with death. “But if I say, “I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name, his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones.” Whoever said “yes” to God and renews it continuously, will experience the same as Jeremiah. “I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.”
What is this? It is the Trinitarian power within the person who stands before God and says a clear “yes”. The Trinitarian omnipotence takes us beyond our limits, failures and mistakes; it carries us and lifts us up. This is the meaning of the wings that the Lord gives us to fly above the problems of this humanity. Each of us must measure himself with this inner force.
We also have another figure: Peter, who through the revelation of the Eternal Father, professed that Jesus was Christ, the Son of God, the Messiah. When Jesus wanted to open the path for the disciples explaining the path of trials: the Passion, the death and resurrection awaiting Him, Peter refused it like Jeremiah. Jesus said to Peter: “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns” (Mt 16,23). It is very, very important to understand this passage. When man begins to doubt, when he begins to think in a human way, then Satan interferes and prevails in the face of the weakness of man and plays his game.
The Gospel of John reports Simon Peter’s words after the seventy-two disciples had abandoned Jesus, who then asked the Twelve: “You do not want to leave too, do you?”, and Simon Peter: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God” (John 6,67-68). Peter was convinced. When Jesus took him back, Peter went, and you know that Jesus wants to take back all those who are weak but want to walk the path and follow Him.
This episode reminds us of Jesus’ words: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9,23). This may sound like the invitation of any other master, rabbi or philosopher with disciples who followed them and applied exactly the rules of their masters. However, that is not the case here. It is about having faith in the reality of Heaven and taking part in it. “For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done” (Matt 16,27). This is not a threat, but it shows us the path towards the participation in the Eternal Liturgy and the Laws of Eternal Life.
If Jesus’ words resemble those of other rabbis who asked for an external imitation, St. Paul, who lived with the Risen Christ, introduces us to a new dynamic. “Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing – this is your true and proper worship” (Jer 12,1-2). This is the condition to receive the grace to be transformed, to become able to change our minds, to think as God thinks, to speaks as God speaks, to perceive as God perceives. If we do not offer ourselves to God through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Coredemptrix, who helps us to be faithful to God we cannot transform ourselves. Then, this Church cannot transform humanity, that is, God cannot transform this humanity; He cannot act with all His power.
In the Liturgy of the Church, it is not about individuals but about the whole people. It is an obligation for all the people who want to participate in the life of the new humanity. There is no other way. It is not the religious laws that obligate us but the laws of life. Whoever lets himself be awakened and enveloped by the Trinitarian power, will be able to remain strong in these increasingly dark times. He will be able to face all insults and provocations. He will have the fire of the Holy Spirit within him; that fire does not permit weakness or withdrawal but rather encourages and elevates.
The Church of the whole Universe also gradually involves in this dynamic participation all those who are awakened by the power of the Holy Spirit. Thus, our participation in the Heavenly Liturgy occurs in the respect of the laws of our spirit where the Most Holy Trinity dwells, at the centre of our soul, and this involves all our being so that it is transformed. This is the novelty of this Liturgy. I tell you that all this is explained in Theology. These people of God have decided to consecrate themselves to the Most Holy Trinity and to live this, to walk the path and enter the new humanity.
Thus, brothers and sisters, you will experience trials, individually and collectively. If you participate in the life and the Laws of the One and Triune God, you will always know what to chose; you will have courage and be generous in your response; you will be able to involve many souls around you; the people of God will grow and the times will be abbreviated. Do not be afraid of the opposition. When the voice of the opposition rises and shouts, it means that it has no arguments and is weakening.
I bless you, in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
 1st Reading: Jer 20,7-9; 2nd Reading: Romans 12,1-2; Gospel: Mt 16,21-27
 See message of the Holy Spirit of 12 January 2020, “Your Mission is the Work of the Most Holy Trinity”
 See Footnote 2