Sáb, 29 May 21 Lectio Divina - Año B
First Reading: Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40
Responsorial Psalm: 33:4-5, 6, 9, 18-19, 20, 22
Second Reading: Romans 8:14-17
Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20
This Sunday's readings help us celebrate the great mystery of the SS. Trinity (understood as what God reveals about himself and not as a puzzle that no one understands) precisely starting from us, from what God says to us and from what he does with us.
In the first reading taken from the book of Deuteronomy we read how God enters into relationship with his people and we know the wonders that he gives them. It is not easy to listen to God, one can never expect to hold him back or lock him up in human possession. The entire First Testament is the narration of the story of an experience of encounter, not so much of the human search for God, but of the coming of God in search of man. The God far and near calls and gives himself for a convocation with universal horizons.
With the refrain of Psalm 32/33 "Blessed are the people chosen by the Lord" the psalmist reminds us that the Lord in his greatness creates the universe for man and takes care of every creature.
In the verses we hear that the earth is full of the word of the Lord: in fact the Lord speaks and everything is accomplished, everything is created, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, hope in him, his love saves him from death and nourishes him in times of hunger. Man awaits the Lord: be upon us, O God, your love .
In the second reading, the apostle Paul, writing to the community of Romans, invites the brothers to contemplate the face of Christ in order to be able to understand that of the Father and thus be able to understand how one becomes children of God, joint heirs with Christ, all through the Spirit. The few verses of the letter to the Romans (taken from the beautiful eighth chapter) are absolutely explicit in this regard: in our hearts, in our interiority (we meditated this last Sunday on the solemnity of Pentecost), among our thoughts and feelings, the Spirit who dwells, makes us children of God. This means that we are inhabited by a love, the very love of God that invades us, and we know that we are children of God and we recognize him as Father.
The Gospel reports the command given by Jesus to make disciples of all peoples and baptize them in the name of the Three, so that everyone can have the opportunity to be reborn as children and enjoy intimacy with God, to the point of carrying Him within themselves.
The apostle Matthew in the Gospel passage announces to us the mission of the Church which continues the work of Jesus through Baptism. Matthew dwells more on the reality that the Lord is in heaven but also on earth, close to each one of us. He is present in our souls, He accompanies us along the path of our life, He is ready to always support us, to forgive us, to enlighten us. Man with faith and the Spirit is able to understand something of what the Lord says in the gospel, but often the closer he gets to the knowledge of God the more one understands how impossible it is for the human mind to understand the mystery of the Trinity. The mystery of the trinity is a reason for true faith for the believer. Only the Love of God that we possess through prayer and communion can make us communicate some concept and only the Spirit can make us truly understand what Christ wants to tell us every day. When we succeed in making the Spirit of God prevail in us, then perhaps we could announce to all what little we have understood. Only the Holy Spirit can make us accept, through faith, the mystery of the trinity, even if that God, one and three, very often fascinates us when we try to understand the mystery with our limited human mind. The trinity is the origin of the human family, the Trinity as the family of God: the Father, the son and the Spirit who in Hebrew is of the female gender and therefore we can turn our gaze to him and entrust our family to him.
The Christian God is neither abstract nor incomprehensible: he is a mystery of love and love is lived in relationships and in the sharing of life with those who love one another. If we want to enter into this mystery, it is enough to follow the commandments (thus at the end of the first reading), it is enough to love, that is, and to discover what it means to desire someone to the point of not wanting to live except for him and with him. Father, Son and Holy Spirit relate to each other in this way, for this they live one life and in this one life they want us too. Anyone who loves, even without knowing it, experiences the same thing. Children can instruct us on all, who do not know distances, good manners, half measures, but with the arrogance of those who live only in love they offer everything they are to be loved and with absolute dedication they love those who brought them into the world. In their love, as in that of those who do not know how to abandon or those who spend themselves in silence for someone to live, a reflection of the Trinitarian mystery of God, so close that it is within it and so wide that it contains us all.
Let us ask ourselves then with the words of the book of Deuteronomy: was there ever a thing as great as this and was anything like this ever heard? That is, that a people heard the voice of God and remained alive? Has it ever been felt, that is, that God is not the inscrutable Lord to be kept good, distant and threatening, but instead is a Father who to make us children sends his Son to make himself like us and with him gives his own Love so that we move from within to choose nothing but love and life?