General News from the Province

Christmas Letter of Minister provincial

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Without Jesus we can do nothing, this is why the Word was made flesh

and dwells among us.

 

Dear Brothers,

 

During this time of preparation for Christmas, I was using the meditation s of Enzo Bianchi, abbot of a monastic community in the North of Italy.  As I read I was deeply touched by these words which I now share with you.

“Because we participate in the mission of Jesus, Son of the Father, we must never forget the words that Jesus said: ‘without me you can do nothing’ (Jo. 15:5)” ...this is why the Word was made flesh and dwells among us.

We carry out our ministry alone with Jesus, under His full and sovereign initiative.  But our capabilities are not enough for being "sent" by Jesus, as he is sent by the Father (cf. Jon 13:20): it is imperative therefore that we live with him (cf. Mk 3 14). Without Jesus we can do nothing, this is why the Word was made flesh and dwells among us.

We have nothing of our own to bring to others. We are nothing without the Lord, who works in us and through us.  We cannot do anything but in obedience and communion with the Son... who of “Himself, can do nothing but what he sees the Father doing "(Jo. 5:19).

St. Paul at Ephesus said: “I commend you to God and to that gracious Word of his”. (Act.20, 32) In this expression of St. Paul he does not entrust the Word to us, but he entrusts us to the Word. Before the Word is assigned to us, we ourselves are assigned to the Word.

Before being bearers of the Word of God, we ourselves are carried by the Word of God ...this is why the Word was made flesh and dwells among us.

In this Year of Faith, the term "Entrusted to the Word," acquires a lot of sense because we put our faith in the Word of God and not in ourselves or in other realities. Every morning, as true servants of the Lord, we need to listen carefully as disciples of the Word: "Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear, and I have not rebelled, have not turned back (Is 50:4).

This Christmas may the Word made flesh dwell in you (cf. Jo. 15,7), and may he be implanted in you (cf. Jon 1,21)

May you be able to say as Jesus said: I do know him and I keep his word (Jon 8,55)

“And now I commend you to God and to that gracious Word of his that can build you up and give you the inheritance among all who are consecrated” (Act.20,32)

Merry Christmas

Bro. Carmelo Giannone

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