The Walk of God

The Walk of God

Humanity is walking toward God: this is a truth inscribed in our hearts. Every religion on the face of the earth tries to make known a way to reach God. But the novelty of the Christian God is that God Himself is walking toward humanity!

We could have never discovered this truth if He Himself had not revealed it to us. We would have kept looking for Him, “even perhaps groping for Him” (Acts 17:27) in darkness and uncertainty. It was not enough for God to tell us about His journey toward humanity (through the prophets): He wanted to walk toward us to reach us and to give us a chance to walk by His side. He accomplished this plan through His Son, Jesus Christ. All His earthly life, from the Incarnation to the Resurrection, is the living story, dramatic and exciting at the same time, of the unpredictable “Walk of God”. So, through the words that He speaks about Himself (in the Sacred Scriptures God is revealing who He is), we come to know His heart and His ways, because the Bible is nothing less than an awesome “love-letter ” addressed to each and everyone. It is the Good News of the definitive overcoming of any distance between God and mankind, which fills us with joy, with light, with power and consolation. Let us listen now…

Peace to you, oh small man, fragile creature, molded from the dust of the ground, my name is Raphael, “one of the seven angels who enter and serve before the Glory of the Lord” (Tb 12:15) and powerful performers of its orders on the earth. I was sitting at His Celestial Court when God said: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Gn 1:26). And so it happened: the Lord blew into your nostrils the breath of life and you became a living being, and there was rejoicing in the heavens! I was present when you gave into the temptation and hid yourself among the trees of the garden when you heard the step of the Lord because you were afraid of your own nakedness (Gn 3:8- 10). Do you remember, son of man? God loved to walk with you in the garden at the breezy time of the day, but you instead preferred to walk alone even though you had been taught “what is good and what the Lord asks from you…to walk humbly with your God” (Mich 6,8).

So, as a consequence of the Big Disobedience, it was decreed that your paths would be separated from that moment on: you were required to walk outside the garden and “you became a restless wanderer on the earth” (Gn 4,14). But God did not like this distance, and in an overwhelming experience of compassion for you, He swore in the Heavens: “I myself will look after and tend My sheep. I will bring them back to their own country. The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back” (Ez 34:11.16). He consulted with His beloved Son, who replied: “Yes, Father, You have graciously Willed it so” (Lk 10:21). The Father, considering that the time had now come, looked at His Son and decreed: “Behold, I am sending My messenger ahead of You; he will prepare Your way. A voice of one crying out in the desert: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths’”. (Mk 1:2-3).

This is how God set out to seek you… And now, oh small man, open your ears and listen to what I am about to tell you: “Do not be senseless like horses or mules” (Ps 32:9). God has His own road He Wills to use to meet you, a road that does not necessarily correspond to yours! Remember what the Holy One said to you in the ancient times: “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways…As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are My ways above your ways” (Is 55:9). Be aware of this: there is a risk when you seek your God where He is not. There is the risk that He, while walking on His path to meet you, will not find you there!
Yes, I know well the sons of men. They look for God in high places while He is hidden in humility. They seek Him among the rich, but “for their sake He made Himself poor though He was rich” (2 Cor 8:9); or among the powerful of this world, while He “did not come to be served, but to serve” (Mk 10,45). They search for Him among those who dwell in their house, but God is the Pilgrim and the Foreigner; or among those that are satiated, but He is hungry and thirsty. They look for Him in the palaces of the kings, while He, although King, is in a stable. And, they seek Him on the clouds of the sky, but He, being the Lord of the universe, is stretched between the arms of a rugged cross… For you, mortal men, all of this is a humiliation, but in the Heavens, it is instead a high mystery of Glory! Oh, if you could only see, son of man! We angels tremble at the amazement and adoration of  witnessing such a show, which will last until not one of you is left wandering as a fugitive outside the Garden, because the Father wants all of you in Heaven with Him. At that time, I will be asked to “play the seventh trumpet” (Rev 10:7), and it will be the end of the Big Exile on the earth. The large portals of the Kingdom will be opened for all people. You, again, will be able to hear the steps of the Lord, but this time they will be inside of you! Since God became Man, the new Garden in which He loves to tread, is you”.

IN THIS MONTH WE PRAY FOR…
• The Spiritual Exercises that the “Italian” AIL community will attend in Rome on Dec. 21st-23rd 2002.
• The two Parish Missions that we will be leading over Christmas break in California: may the Lord rain down many blessings on the parishioners and the priests. Let us pray also for the four students from the University of Illinois that will so generously give up most of their Christmas break to be with us during these parish missions.
• All families, so that the Solemnity of Christmas will be an occasion of growth in the fraternal communion and in the belief in the Incarnation.
• For all of our friends who are sick and offering up their sufferings to the benefit of our apostolate.