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The effort not to make any effort at all…

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The effort not to make any effort at all… September 1 2019 XXII Sunday of Ordinary Time Dear brothers and sisters, in the last Sunday's Gospel, Jesus asked his disciples to strive to enter the …More
The effort not to make any effort at all… September 1 2019 XXII Sunday of Ordinary Time Dear brothers and sisters, in the last Sunday's Gospel, Jesus asked his disciples to strive to enter the narrow door that leads to Life. But which effort Jesus is talking about? Paradoxically, what Jesus asks is the effort not to make any effort at all! In fact the virtue of humility, which in the Gospel passage of Luke that we will listen Sunday, September 1st , Jesus teaches his disciples, is exactly the "capacity" to give God the freedom to do what he wants in us ... The salvation of man is the work of God, who through the merits of Jesus and the sending of the Holy Spirit converts men from earthly to heavenly ones (I Cor. 15, 40-50) purifying their hearts with his Love, the greatest force of transformation in the universe. The effort that Jesus asks us, therefore, is not to contaminate with our selfishness the purity of his Love; not to try bridling and diverting with our haughtiness the "Wind" of His Spirit and not to destroy with our pride that is manifested by the arrogance of our ideologies, fashions and slogans the beauty of His design on creation and man.