The following writing by Chiara Lubich helps us to see our reality as it is, in God’s eyes, regardless of the external circumstances in which we find ourselves, which can also be very painful. During his passion, Jesus too was always “turned to the Father” and conformed to his will. With this attitude he became the Risen One, the Saviour.
… We have understood that each one of us is a Word of God from all eternity. In fact, St. Paul says: “He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world.” (Eph 1:4-5). And in another passage, still speaking of us, he adds: “For those whom he foreknew” (Rm 8:29). And we understood that because we are Word of God, we must adopt just one attitude, which is the most intelligent: just like the Word, the Second Person of the Trinity, we must always be “turned” towards the Father, which means towards His will.
Moreover, this is how we can fulfil our personality and attain our total freedom. In fact, by living in this way, we allow our true self to live.
Now, since we want to do all this, we should ask ourselves: when do we need to have this attitude?
We know the answer: it is now, in the present moment. The will of God is to be lived in the present.
It is in the present that we must live turned towards the Father, in that present moment which is an essential aspect of our spirituality and of our “asceticism”. We cannot disregard it.
This way of living is pure gospel.
In his gospel, St Matthew quotes these words of Jesus: “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today” (Mt 6:34) …
Let’s go back, then to our commitment to live God’s will in the present moment as much as possible.
Let’s also remember that the will of God to be fulfilled before any other, and in every moment of our day, is that of mutual love, loving one another as Jesus loved us.
This is what guarantees our constant renewal.
Taken from a telephone conference call, Rocca di Papa, 21st December 1996