Thank you to all who make this radio broadcast possible, today, October 4, Sunday twenty-seventh of ordinary liturgical time.
Today a fragment of the gospel according to Matthew, chapter 21, verses 33 to 43 is read in every Catholic church in the world.
This parable of evil winemakers is the story on the part of God’s people of the loving path He proposes to us. This parable shows us God’s faithfulness to his people, whom he always forgives.
God is persevering in his love. He creates man in his image and likeness and the first men of mankind reject him. They prefer the style of selfishness, prefer the path of the devil, the liar, and cast aside live as children of God and brothers of all.
After sin God says to the devil: The offspring of the woman will crush your head thus announcing the coming of the Son of God made man.
And a long preparation is coming for centuries.
God chooses good people as a testimony to bear, one of these people is Abel, but his brother Cain was envious of Abel for the simple reason that he was very good and pleased God.
Cain, instead of imitating his brother Abel, kills him. This is narrated to us by chapter 4 of the book of Genesis.
God shows us Noah, a very good man, who always obeyed his Father God even though the earth was full of wickedness and violence. And the flood comes and evil men disappear, and God saves Noah and his family. This is narrated to us by chapter 6 of the book of Genesis.
God wants his people to be good, and He chooses Abraham and his wife Sarah, despite being older, Isaac is born, from whose seed God’s people will arise. Isaac is an proclamation of Jesus Christ when God tests Abraham’s faith. This is narrated to us in chapter 22 of the book of Genesis.
Another good person God shows is Joseph, son of Jacob, Isaac’s grandson. Joseph, very good and loved by his father, is hated by his brothers who sell it. And because God draws goods from evil, Joseph becomes the savior of his brethren. This is narrated to us by chapter 37 of the book of Genesis.
God the Father chooses Moses to guide his people and gives them the Ten Commandments:
Love God above all things.
Do not swear by the name of God in flos.
Sanctify the Lord’s Day.
Honor father and mother.
Do not commit unclean acts against sex.
Don’t give false testimonials or lie.
Do not commit adultery.
Do not covet other people’s property.
These commandments are found in the book of Exodus, chapter 20, verses 1-17, and the book of Deuteronomy, chapter 5, verses 1-21.
The people who live the Ten Commandments will be very happy, but God’s people did not live them, and God continued to strive to love their people despite their rejection and sent them prophets, who spoke instead of God himself.
The prophet Isaiah said: Our Lady is pregnant and will have a son whom she will name Enmanuel (Welcome), which will be Jesus Christ. Isaiah, chapter 7, verse 14.
The prophet Jeremiah writes: The Lord says to his people, Stand on the roads and ask for the ancient paths where the best way is. Jeremiah, chapter 6, verse 16.
Ezekiel, to whom God says to you, I will send you to the Israelites, a disobedient people who have rebelled against me also by God insists on the best path for his people in chapter 2, verse 3.
The prophet Daniel: Living God remains forever and his kingdom will never be destroyed. Chapter 6, verse 26.
God does not tire of continuing to love His people even though this people reject him.
And God’s love does not tire and despite so much rejection sends his Son, who is God from eternity and becomes man in Mary’s virginal bosom. Born poor in the cave of Bethlehem, he spends doing good, teaches the mercy of God the Father to the sick and sinners. The people of Israel, loved by God, crucified him. The cross, in which innocent Jesus was cruelly nailed, is the place of maximum humiliation.
As we contemplate the crucified one, we unify our pain with His and offer it to God the Father for the happiness and salvation of those we love. But the crucified one is resurrected, he has lived again forever. The risen Lord let himself be touched by his disciples, ate with them, and taught them the hollows of the nails in their hands and the hollow of the wound of the heart.
He has risen to heaven where he awaits us in his house. He has sent us his Spirit to be faithful to him as his people, families, church, and people.
It is God’s rejection of the one who harms him the most.
Little Yuri’s coming home from school. When he enters the house, he slams. You can tell he’s very angry. His dad, watching him, calls him to talk. Before I can tell you anything, Yuri exclaims:
-Father, I have a lot of rage! My friend had no right to do to me what he’s done to me! I wish the worst for him! Let him die!
Dad, simple but wise man, listens patiently. The child continues:
“My best friend humiliated me in front of everyone! I can’t stand it! I hope he falls ill and can’t go to school!
Without saying a word, the father gestures to the child to follow him. Take a sack of charcoal and go out to the yard behind the house.
Dad opens the sack and says:
-See that white sheet that’s hanging? Imagine he’s your friend and for every bad wish you have against him, throw him a piece of coal! When you’re done with the whole sack, you let me know.
The father retired, though he watched his son without his son noticing.
Yuri found that very funny, and he got to work. The sheet was far away and, therefore, only a few pieces of coal reached it, staining it. When he was done, he alerted his father.
He approached him:
-How are you feeling now?
-Tired, but happy, because I’ve hit a lot of pieces of coal on the sheet!
The father looks at the child, who still doesn’t understand the meaning of what he’s done and, fondly, says:
-Come with me, my son, that I want to show you something.
They both enter the house and arrive at a room where there was a huge mirror.
“Look at you, ” says the father.
Yuri looked at himself, and took a tremendous scare at seeing an all-black figure of charcoal, in which only his eyes and teeth were distinguished.
The father then tenderly expressed to him:
-Son, look at the sheet and you will see that it has stained only a little, while you are all dirty with charcoal. When we desire evil to others, what has happened to you happens to you, Yuri: they are very little affected by our bad desires, while we are very stained. If we don’t avoid it, the residues of grudge always stay with us. Don’t you think it would be better to talk to your best friend and try to make things right, like friends who have always been?
That’s what God the Father invites us to.
The well-lived and shared goes into history.
Two brothers, one single and one married, owned a farm whose fertile soil produced abundant grain that were both distributed equally. At first, everything was going perfectly. But there came a time when the married brother began to wake up startled every night with this thought: “It’s not fair. My brother, single takes half the harvest; but I have a wife and five children, so, in my old age, I’ll have everything I need. Who’s going to take care of my poor brother when he’s old? It needs to save much more for the future than it currently saves, because its need is obviously greater than mine.”
Then he would get out of bed, sneak up where his brother lived, and throw a sack of grain in his barn.
The single brother also began to wake up at night and say to himself: “This is an injustice. My brother has a wife and five children and takes half the harvest; but I don’t have to support anyone but myself. Is it fair that my poor brother, whose need is greater than mine, receives the same as me?”
Then he would go with a sack of grain to his brother’s barn.
One day they got out of bed at the same time and stumbled, while carrying two sacks of grain.
Many years later, when the two had passed away, the news spread. Then the locals decided to erect a temple in the same place where both brothers had met, because they did not believe that there was a more sacred point in the whole city than that.
Today the Church reminds us that St. Francis of Asseses is in heaven. We heard one of his teachings.
Where there is charity and wisdom, there is no fear or ignorance. Where there is patience and humility, there is no anger or unease. Where there is poverty with joy, there is no greed or greed. Where there is stillness and meditation, there is no worry or dissipation. Where there is fear of God guarding the entrance, there is no enemy who has a way to enter the house. Where there is mercy and discretion, there is no superficiality or hardening.
From God’s envoys to his people, say to 78624000 who catches your eye the most. We will give a rosary so that they can pray it in the days near October 7, the day of Our Lady of the Rosary.
God speaks to us for the last time today through the Letter to the Philippians, chapter 4, verses 6 through 9.
The blessing of Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, descend upon all the sick, those who suffer, their families and friends, and remain forever. Amen.
Below we offer in full the allocution of the Cardinal and Archbishop of Havana, Archbishop Juan de la Caridad García.