The cares of life



Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.
Luke 12:22-23

"The Christian", wrote Cardinal Newman, "is he who awaits the Christ". Certainly, in the times of "everything and now", effectiveness and productivity, in which even Christians often appear to be marked by activism, to speak of "expectation" can risk unpopularity and total incomprehension: in fact, many "wait »Appears synonymous with inertia, avoidance and rejection of responsibilities. Everything around us drives us to achieve goals, buy and own. In reality the Christian, who does not allow himself to be defined simply by what he does, but by his relationship with Christ, knows that the Christ whom he loves and in whom he places trust is the Christ who came, who comes in today and who will come in glory, his present and future. Before him everything else should slip into second place, because the believer has a certain hope. We could say that waiting is an action, but an action not closed in today, but that operates on the future. The apostle Peter expresses this dimension by affirming that Christians await the coming of the day of the Lord with their waiting. Here then is that patient waiting becomes a sign of strength and solidity, of stability and conviction, not of weakness. And above all it is the attitude that reveals a profound love for the Lord and for other men: "Love is patient" (1 Corinthians 13:4). The expectation of the Lord leads to discipline one's desire, to move from an attitude of consumption to one of sharing and communion. God says: Wait for my time, respect my ways. Our life should be affected by this.

I received from one of you a poem about the haste of the Brazilian Mario de Andrade (San Paolo 1893-1945) and I think I can be of great inspiration, to give new rhythms to our daily life and rebel against useless running and chasing without lasting goals. The same Master invited us not to be seduced by anxieties and solicitations that can add nothing to our being, much less to our belief.

I counted my years and discovered
that I have less time to live from here on
outcompared to what I've experienced so far.
I feel like that child who won a package of sweets:
the first ones ate them with pleasure,
but when he realized that there were few left
he began to taste them intensely.
I no longer have time for endless meetings
where statutes, rules, procedures and internal regulations are discussed,
knowing that nothing will be achieved.
I no longer have time to support absurd people who,
despite their chronological age, they did not grow up.
My time is too short: I want the essence, my soul is in a hurry.
I no longer have many sweets in the package.
I want to live next to human people, very human,
who can laugh at their mistakes
and that they are not inflated by their own triumphs
and that they assume their responsibilities.
This defends human dignity and moves towards truth and honesty
It is the essential that makes life worth living.
I want to surround myself with people who know how to touch hearts,
of people to whom the hard blows of life
they taught us to grow with soft touches of the soul.
Yes, I'm in a hurry, I'm in a hurry to live with intensity
that only maturity can give.
I do not intend to waste any of the remaining sweets.
I'm sure they will be exquisite, much more than those eaten so far.
My goal is to reach the end satisfied
and at peace with my loved ones and my conscience.
We have two lives and the second begins
when you realize that you only have one.

Devotional 12/2019
Weekly Bible reading plan

March 18 Deuteronomy 32-34; Mark 15: 26-47
March 19, Joshua 1-3; Mark 16
March 20, Joshua 4-6; Luke 1: 1-20
March 21, Joshua 7-9; Luke 1: 21-38
March 22, Joshua 10-12; Luke 1: 39-56
March 23, Joshua 13-15; Luke 1: 57-80
March 24, Joshua 16-18; Luke 2: 1-24

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