493rd Meditation

“Come, draw near: you all have the right to draw near to your Father!” (Father’s message to Sister Eugenia Ravasio).

In the world of politics there is often talk of “human rights” that must be guaranteed and respected. However, if we do not have a correct understanding of the order of values established by God, we can end up with a false idea of what human rights are. The words of the Father’s message that we heard today, on the other hand, make us see a fundamental and very profound right of our existence.

Our Father, the Creator of our life, gives us the right to live in the most intimate communion with Him. Therefore, we can and should turn to God with confidence in all our needs, knowing that we will be heard and that our petitions will often be answered.

In this regard, I would like to share a little anecdote that I experienced in the Republic of Congo: I was traveling with several Africans in an unstable car. Night was falling and we had to drive on a rather bumpy road. The car slipped a little on a sandy slope, and everything seemed to indicate that we would have to spend the night in the open, with all the dangers that might entail. Then one of the Congolese passengers simply said, “I don’t think the Lord is going to leave us out here all night. And indeed, just as he said, at the last moment we managed to reach the next village.

I will never forget the simple and natural faith with which this man uttered those words, knowing that he was a child of the Heavenly Father and that He would take care of the situation. I learned a lot from that.

We belong to God and He belongs to us, it’s as simple as that, that’s our Father!