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Tuesday, 24 December 2019 17:32

Read the events of history with the light of faith

The beautiful and profound passage of the Gospel that the liturgy of Christmas Eve offered us for meditation and preparation for the event of the Holy Night, can guide us in retracing the journey we have made and we are yet to make. We read in the words of the prophet Zechariah, who outlines the vocation of his son John the Baptist, the invitation of Jesus to read the events of history with the light of faith and to discover in every present and future event the presence of God in the midst of his people.
In the wonderful synthesis that flows from the heart of Zechariah concerning the mystery of God present in every event in history we can find a life program for each of us.
I note only some interior attitude to which the advent has insistently called us to help us prepare the welcome of Jesus within us.

1. Need to praise and bless God for the gift of salvation
First of all, the need to praise and bless God because he visited and redeemed his people.
The reasons for the praise: he exercised his power through the investiture of men of this people, called to collaborate over time on his plan for the salvation of man.

2. The path of promise and justification
The promise of the Lord comes from afar; spans centuries of human history; it is renewed every time the man finds himself in the risk of succumbing to any type of difficulty.
Zechariah reminds us that the promise originates from the Mercy of God who wants to save his people, it is not his merits that save him, and yet God wants to have man as collaborator. Man receives the mandate and receives the strength from God to be able to implement it. Man can remain faithful to the promise of salvation only if he remembers that he cannot do anything alone. God is his only strength not to succumb to evil.
Abraham, the progenitor of all believers, believed the promise without resisting. He opened himself to the merciful love of God without demanding sure proofs and without relying on human certainties. He answers the call leaving his land and trusting the promise made to him and his descendants. For this he deserved the title of Father of all in faith. Righteous man par excellence because he abandoned himself to the will of God without hesitation and placed the whole plan of life in the will of God.
The righteous man is someone who lives by faith and performs the will of God without resistance.
The path that the chosen people make begins with an act of faith.

3.The stages of realization of the promise
The liturgy has made us review them in the past few weeks. These are stages that materialize in the human events of a people who, despite the promises, experience falls and betrayals. The presence of God is made manifest by the call of men chosen by God and sent to help us read the ways of conversion and return to the Lord with eyes of faith. In this project of the love of God, it is evident the voice of the prophets, in particular Isaiah, who kept us company for a long time to awaken in our hearts the desire of God, the certainty of his love for us, the way to return to Him and the joy to be able to feel it present among us.
We must gratefully recognize with how much suffering and with what painful sacrifice the prophets have fulfilled the task of keeping the approach of the fulfillment of salvation awake in the minds of the people, and this not only for their people, but for all men.

4. The fulfillment of the promise through the voice of Zechariah
The canticle of Zechariah somehow closes the cycle of waiting for the promise and announces its fulfillment, acknowledging to the son that God had granted him to have in his old age and in that of his wife Elizabeth the task of paving the way for Jesus who is about to trample, like God-man, the ways of Palestine. The gaze is turned to the Son of the promise, but the content already concerns events that are human and divine at the same time; John's task is to open the roads, but to let the one "who is greater than him" pass.
From the liturgy of this day we move to that of this night. In the last week we have been repeatedly called to listen to the voice of Mary and Elizabeth, and the dialogue without voice but implemented in the Word between the two unborn children - Jesus and John, an anticipation of the mystery that we contemplate tonight.
Human and divine intertwine in an inextricable way, God enters humanity to redeem it, Mary offered her womb to the Son of God to prepare a welcome of total communion with her soul and invites us to imitate her to substitute with human warmth the coldness of the hut in Bethlehem.

My wish is that we can live this period with the sentiments of Mary, with her faith, hope and charity, to firmly believe that God has also given us perhaps a small part in announcing to the world the birth of the Son of God and to convince us that He is always with us; therefore, nothing of what happens can separate us from his love.
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