420th Meditation

“I make Myself little with the little ones, I make Myself an adult with adults, and the same with the elderly, so that all may comprehend what I wish to tell them for their sanctification and My glory” (Father’s Message to Sr. Eugenia Ravasio).

This passage of the Message of the Father reminds us of the words of St. Paul: “I became all things to all men, that I might save all” (1 Cor 9:22b).

The Father adapts Himself to our situation, always intending to serve us and, as He said in the opening text, to make us understand what He wants to tell us for His glory. In fact, each person who sets out on God’s path increases God’s glory by testifying to His greatness and love, and by making God’s presence palpable.

Therefore, it is not only we who glory in the Lord, but the Lord glories in us. It will be easy for us to understand this if we compare it with our human reality. A child can be proud of his parents, and parents can be proud of their child. A pupil can be proud of his teacher, and the teacher of his pupil. Let us remember in this context the words of Jesus that He will confess us before the angels if we confess Him before men (Lk 12:8).

What the Father wants to tell us in these opening words is that He does everything on His part so that human beings may reach their goal and so that the order between heaven and earth may be re-established. No path is too long, no burden too heavy, no effort too great.

God’s unsurpassable love invites us to imitate Him and even become like Him. We can learn from our Father that, when evangelizing, we must seek the most appropriate ways of transmitting the faith, adapting ourselves as far as possible to the situation of the people. This does not invalidate the exhortation to proclaim the Lord’s message “be instant in season, out of season” (2 Tim 4:2), nor does it mean that we will not experience rejection.

To follow in the footsteps of God and of the Apostle to the Gentiles, we must always ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom and prudence, as well as a certain empathy with the reality of the person, in order to transmit to them what we must tell them about the love of our Father: “little with the little ones, adult with adults.”

Jesus Himself also acted in this way, knowing that His disciples would still have a way to go before they would deeply understand what He was trying to convey to them: “I have yet many things to say to you: but you cannot bear them now. But when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will teach you all truth” (Jn 16:12-13).

May the Lord give us wisdom to pass on the great treasure of our faith in such a way that people will recognize God’s love and thus increase God’s glory!