Church of Jesus Christ of the Universe
18 December 2021
We are in the Christmas week and, once again, we are contemplating the Mystery of God’s Love that made Jesus, the Second Person of the Trinity, become man. He became man out of love; He became man in the mystery of redemption according to the plan of the Trinity, and it happened in the way we know.
I think it is difficult, actually, impossible for us to understand thoroughly what it meant for God to assume human nature. I think that we cannot fully understand what it means that the Triune God became flesh, entered a body, let Himself be limited by human nature and immersed Himself in the spirit of the world; even if the spirit of the world did not enter into Him, it still surrounded Him. I think we cannot understand it, but it becomes possible when we contemplate it and, once again, feel how great His Love must be to go as far as to do this. Jesus was like us in everything, except in sin.
One aspect, among others, which we can learn from Christmas, is the understanding of true humility. In fact, this is humility. We often say that we are humble, but if we deeply reflect on humility, we recognise that it is only this: God who became man. Humility comes from love, love for the creatures. The Creator who becomes man. The Righteous who pays for the unrighteous. How many times have we been asked to be simple and humble. Look, the first step to being simple, and I would not even say humble, truly is to recognize that we are just creatures. We are creatures who need the Creator. This truth is the first step towards simplicity and humility. It is truth, and as such, it makes us free. However, if we say, “I am a creature”, while, in fact, our whole being fights against it, it is a burden in our life. When do we fight against it? When we do not recognise our personal limits. A creature is limited; it is not perfect; it is imperfect. A creature cannot save itself on its own, it cannot become holy on its own and it cannot enter the new creation on its own. Therefore, you see that this is liberating.
We were born, unlike Jesus, in original sin. He is like us except in sin. Original sin has touched us and only Jesus can overcome original sin in us, but only if we welcome Him and only if we recognise His love. How can we welcome Him? By loving Him. When do we love Him? When we know Him. Therefore, we see again that it is fundamental to know Him, to know this reality and the truth, which we have always known, but we must contemplate it. It leads us to overcome sin, original sin and all sins, because it is love that overcomes sin, not our willpower.
Humility is not the act of humbling oneself. We often confuse humbling oneself with true humility. I repeat, true humility is recognising, “I am limited, I am a creature”. I repeat it again: it makes me free; it does not crush me; knowing that I need God makes me free, and it makes me more joyful; knowing that without Him I can do nothing makes me free. Someone who is not humble feels limited by the need for God; he feels that something is missing. When the creature is in the truth, it recognises that it lacks something; it lacks many things. Yet, we know that Jesus gives us everything we need; we know that God does not fail to give us what we need. Thus, all this is liberating, and it slowly leads us towards our transformation.
What does it mean that we need God when we are on this path? I think we can serenely say that we contemplate all that God has given us; that we contemplate this time and the extraordinary gifts He gives us, starting from the Sacraments. We certainly need them because without them, we cannot cope, but, thankfully, we have them. We certainly need to pray, otherwise we are weak because we are creatures, and thus we are immersed in and touched by original sin. Above all, we need the Eucharist.
You see that everything in our life has already been prepared for us; it has always been intended as a gift of love. Everything has already been given to us as a gift of love. Look, if we do not recognise ourselves as creatures, we cannot recognise the gifts that God gives us, nor feel the love He gives us, because God loves us as creatures; He loves us the way we are. Therefore, if we do not recognise ourselves as limited creatures, we cannot even feel all the love that He gives us, because we only seek Him and feel Him when, according to our ideas, we are good, perfect, right. Consequently, we miss much of that love, because His Love is indeed even stronger when we are not good, when we do wrong things. Therefore, by refusing to recognise ourselves as limited, we are the losers; God does not lose anything.
If we look closely, the great sin of Lucifer – and all other angels who followed him, as not only he rebelled against God but also many other angels; he was not the only one – was that they did not recognise themselves as creatures. They know that they are creatures, because they have always made the same mistake, from eternity, and they know that they are not the creator, but they refuse to accept that. They rebelled against God because they do not accept Him. They refuse to accept that they are creatures and want to be like God. Afterwards their rebellion grew even more because God was already thinking of creating man, and they did not want to be like man. No matter how we look at it, the starting point is always this: the refusal to accept being creatures, who may be beautiful, bright and powerful, but still creatures.
If we look carefully, the gift of life is the greatest of all gifts, but immediately afterwards comes the gift of freedom. No matter if we recognise that we are creatures, or we refuse to do so, in this decision we experience freedom. Lucifer was free to recognize himself as a creature or not. He chose ‘not to’ and he did it in freedom. This is also true for each one of us.
When we welcome the Love, which creates us, pays for us and arranges all our life so that we may reach our transformation, our resurrection and His glorification in us, we return to true life, we return to being children of God. The contemplation of this Love is life; it is the reason why we are on Earth.
If we look at Mary Most Holy and St. Joseph, we see two people who bear witness to what I said: two creatures, even though Mary was conceived without sin but recognised Herself as a creature, in need of the Creator and obedient to the Creator. If we look at today’s Gospel, telling that St. Joseph dreamed of an angel etc. These words are clear to us now: “Do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit,” but imagine Joseph dreaming, “Conceived …,” what did it mean? Yet, he believed it. He was a creature, he accepted everything the Creator told him, and he got up and did as he had been told. If you look at Mary and Joseph’s whole life, the basis of it was continuous obedience. They gave testimony to God’s help; they gave testimony to that time. I think that they help us, who have the living presence of Jesus in His Intermediate Coming, to take an attitude of true surrender, of true obedience to God, to the Spirit of God, who is present, who speaks to us and who touches us.
I think there are two lives in us. It is a way of describing somehow our person: there is our life, our thoughts and our actions, but there is also a divine life within us: the life of the spirit, His living presence, which derives from the image and likeness of God; the Son of God is in us. Our life is touched by original sin, but the life of Jesus, who is already in us – His life is in us – has not been touched by sin. It is not as for Mary Most Holy, who was conceived without original sin, but through baptism, Jesus’ life, that living image, which has nothing to do with sin, is also in us. I believe that our life truly is the merging of these two lives. When we speak of our transformation, of Jesus who glorifies Himself in us and who must lead us to our resurrection, we mean precisely this.
There is another way of saying these things in this time: these two lives merge and become one life, our thoughts merge with His, our life dies and His rises. It is always us, of course, who emerge as new creatures. Again, it is impossible for us to do it without God, without following Him, because only He knows the path. Without Him, who walked the path first and who knows it for each of us, we cannot do it. We know how much help He gives us, and He gives us even more, such as the extraordinary and the ordinary instruments. He even gives us places. However, the support He gives us may sometimes take the shape of trials, problems, diseases. They may be instruments that lead us to unite our life with His and found it on His. Therefore, we can only do this in faith, with the certainty that God loves us and guides our lives; with the certainty that He will not harm us, even if we have to struggle, knowing and hoping that everything we experience makes sense if we remain faithful to Him.
I will go even further: sometimes we find it difficult to remain faithful. I want to tell you: be sure that He is faithful. We are not, but He is. Then, when we have the attitude of welcoming Him, He acts; He is faithful. In His faithfulness, He will be glorified in all those trials we go through; in them we are transformed and resurrected. Look, every year in this week, we remember His whole life. He took those steps first. He does not ask us to take those steps without having taken them Himself before. He took them and now tells us, “Let me do, because I also take the steps in each one of you”. He does not ask us to take them but tells us, “Let me do; let Me take up the cross in each one of you that I may take it to God and make you rise again”. This is always His work.
Therefore, there is only one way to contemplate this Love and to try to understand it a little bit: silence. When I say that we must not do anything, I mean that we have to immerse into silence. The only way to understand this is to descend into silence. You know that it does not mean ‘not to speak’. I am not telling you to be mute. I mean the silence of all sounds, of all our thoughts and of all those things that are moving within us and make noise: ideas, murmurs, etc., all of this makes noise. Let us silence even those nice ideas about how we can do something for Him: we call it activism, spiritual activism.
I advise you, to be silent in order to truly contemplate Him at least in this week. Afterwards it shall become a way of life. Look, on Christmas Eve, when Jesus came down to Earth, everything was in silence, everything: creation was in silence, all angels were in silence. Everyone was in silence; everyone was watching God’s intervention to save man. Mary Most Holy was in silence and St. Joseph, too. “What is going on?” The Universe was in silence. Then, when St. Michael visited the shepherds, his praise and the song of the angels resounded: “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” I tell you, up to that moment, everything was in contemplation, in the creative silence of God.
Only in silence, the Holy Spirit awakens intentions in us, His desires, and He prepares the path in us that we must follow. He clearly gives us indications in silence. Silence opens our minds. This year, we have received the messages of the saints Peter and Paul, who say that they communicate with us during the night. We have evidence for this, as we know that the faithful brothers communicated the solution for the vaccines to the scientists of the Earth. Yet, who welcomes them? Those who know and learn to be in silence. How many times have we been told – this applies to new medicine and to science – that God would reveal everything to us if, instead of trying to discover things by ourselves, we descended into the Mystery. How? Through intuitions, continuous work and commitment.
So let us try to live through it. In this week, let us really try to experience that joy, as it was at the time of the birth of Jesus, of God who intervened to save us. We have not yet discovered everything. We have discovered how He redeemed us and that He prepared the path for us, but we have not yet discovered the new creation. We have not yet discovered how the encounter with the faithful brothers and sisters will take place. We have not yet discovered what life in our villages concretely means for us, nor all those initiatives that await us. Let us descend into silence and listen to our hearts.
I ask Mary, Mother of silence, to accompany us this week and to let all the grace of God truly be born in us so that the Son of God may be born within each one of u. I ask Mary to accompany us on the wonderful journey that is life when we make it with Him; this wonderful journey that does not depend on trials or passages, but only on our ability to be in this silence and in the contemplation of the truth that God is God. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
 This issue is explained in depth in the book of S. Caterina, T. Vlašić , “Rewriting History-Vol. II-The Universe and Its Inhabitants”, “The Division of the Angels”, Part Two, Chap. 1, pp. 37-40, 2019, Luci dell’Esodo, available here, https://www.lucidellesodo.it/en/
 See Mt 1,18-24
 See Luke 2,10