Let us invoke the Holy Spirit, so that He gives us the wisdom and the docility to receive His teaching. This way our soul will be good ground, that after having listened to the word of God, it will bring good fruit. Also this will be asked us in the day of the judgment, when Jesus will ask us: “Have they brought fruit in your life, all the teachings that you have received?”
There have been indeed many spiritual benefits that we have received up to this very day! In fact, every time that we have gone to Church, we have heard a good word. Every time that we have been to confession, Jesus has forgiven us. We have heard the Gospel read thousand of times, yet we still have forever the same faults. In short, we are very distant from what Jesus tells us in the Gospel: “be therefore perfect, as your Father is perfect“(Mt 5:48).
What do we have to do to become perfect? We must therefore put into practice what is written in the book of Deuteronomy: “Israel, remember this: the Lord our God is one Lord. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with all thy whole heart, with thy whole soul, and with thy whole strength. And these words which I command thee this day, shall be in thy heart; and thou shalt tell them to thy children, and thou shalt meditate upon them sitting in thy house, and walking on thy journey, sleeping and rising. And thou shalt bind them as a sign on thy hand, and they shall be and shall move between thy eyes. And thou shalt write them in the entry, and on the doors of thy house” (Deut 6:4-9).
Let’s ponder this passage. . . Indeed God recommends that we listen, to lend attention, and not to close our ears. It is the first condition required, so that His divine word bears fruit in us. Those who oppose listening to the voice of God, God will oppose his request. He listens and grants gladly to all those who put His Commandments into practice. Jesus told Mother Providence: “I grant gladly your desires and your prayers, because you have always said yes to My desires.”
God doesn’t like those people who say: “If God cures me, I promise Him to make charity and alms.” God cannot be swapped as a merchant. St. John Bosco said: “Before asking a grace, you have to give with generosity, and later you will see how much God will be better and more generous with you.”
The second condition of God is to love Him with all our heart, with all our soul and with all of our strength. Can we tell ourselves that we really love Him in this way? Is our heart turned entirely to Him? Or do we hold on to things that exclude Him? Yes! They are our defects, above all our haughtiness, of which we will never succeed in freeing ourselves completely; then also our egoism, our impatience, our rages. When someone offends us, or makes accusations, we immediately become all enraged, what painful consequences from becoming angry, being impatient, or when we aren’t able to forgive and to bear it!
And thirdly, God asks in the footsteps of Deuteronomy: “The precept to love Him, that we must never forget, but fix it inside of us.” Unfortunately the contrary happens, and so the duty to love God above every thing falls short, and we die with empty hands. How poor we are to give so much thought and give great importance to material things, and forgetting those that are eternal and most important. We forget to love God, and we become as a leaf beaten by the wind. It is not that we just forget God and the love for Him, but the we attach ourselves to every morbid fashion, human glory, triumph, pleasure, fun, sport, even to animals, and to so many other momentary things?
Also, we are told to remind our children, of this Commandment in all the ways and in every time, in the evening and in the morning, in the house and away from the house. Unfortunately a lot of families ignore this imperative. How many parents tell his/her own child: remember to love God, to honor him, not to offend him, to observe His Commandments? Rather, there are some Mothers, (and I have known them), that when they bring their children to school they prohibit the teachers to speak of God. Oh, cursed parents! The anger of God will come upon you! The parent that is ashamed to talk of God to his/her own children, and to infuse in them the love for Him, will make an ugly end, above all if it is a mother. God has put in the family the woman, so that, with her sensibility, hands her children to God, and educates them to His love. But if a mother omits this, she is not able to be certain of even imagining Heaven after her death.
Finally, at the end of the aforesaid passage, to make us understand how very important such a Commandment is, God says to write it even on jamb and on the doors of our own house, so that we remember it day and night.
Dear ones, we sometimes need to meditate upon these words, these commands so as not to forget them and to bring good fruits, that one day we can be introduced in the eternal happiness of Heaven.
I greet you and I bless all from my heart, assuring you of my daily prayer.
Padre Luigi Duilio Graziotti