Second Sunday in Christmas Time
The life in the dimension of the praise
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved. Therefore, I…. do not cease giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of him. May the eyes of (your) hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones, Eph 1,3-6.15-18
“ And when I glance the stars burning in the sky; I say to myself: why so many lighting spots? What the infinite air and that infinite deep serene sky do? What this immense loneliness does? And myself, what I am?” By these verses Giacomo Leopardi expresses the dismay of the man in front of the infinite magnificence of the creation, of the universe, of the mystery of where the history is going, of the mystery of what I am.
In the today Letter to the Ephesians Paul, captured by the thought of the wonderful plan of salvation, designed by God since the eternity and now implemented by Christ, gives the answer to these questions: ”Blessed God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us by every spiritual blessing in the heavens in Christ”. It is a praise to the Father to has filled us by every benefit, to have adopted us as sons and redeemed via his son, Jesus Christ.
It is because this adoption as son of God, that the man feels himself as lord of the universe and finds the answer to the distressed Leopardian question: “And myself, what I am?” I am son of God, loved, liberated, saved and redeemed, “as the praise for the splendor of his grace, of which he gratified us in the beloved Son”. We too, as the Christians of the Ephesus community, have to ask to the Holy Spirit a special donation of intelligence and enlightening, to be able to deeply penetrate the mystery of love in which we are immersed, as creatures and sons of God. Let’s consider as ours the today pray of Paul in this Letter to the Ephesians: “ Let’s pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of the glory, will give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation for a deep understanding of him; he will enlighten the eyes of your heart to let you understand to what hope he has called you, what treasure of glory includes his heritage among the saints”. To enter in this understanding and in this dimension of the praise it means to spend the life in the joy of the one who feels to be loved and all the senses of loneliness disappear: the Leopardis’s question “what does this immense loneliness mean?” finds hereby a final answer. The one who enters in this dimension finds in advance the beatitude of the eternity: “Ibi vacabimus et videbimus; videmibus et amabimus; amabimus et laudabimus. Ecce quod erit in fine sine die”.”Over there we will rest and contemplate, we will contemplate and love, we will love and praise for the eternity”. ( Saint Augustine, De Civitate Dei )