The rejection of Jesus

While those faithful stewards were earnestly endeavoring to make their lord's treasure yield, many citizens of that country hated him, and sent an embassy after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. The Lord must have introduced with great sorrow these words in the middle of the story, for He speaks of Himself in the parable: He is the illustrious man who goes to distant lands. Jesus saw in the eyes of many Pharisees a growing hatred and the most complete rejection. The greater his goodness and the greater the signs of his mercy, the greater the incomprehension that could be seen on many faces. How hard that frontal rejection must have been for the Master, which would reach its culminating point in the Passion, a short time later!

The Lord also wants to express the rejection that he had to suffer by so many throughout the centuries. Is it perhaps less than that which is given in our time? Are hatred and indifference small? In literature, in art, in science..., in families..., a gigantic cry seems to be heard: nolumus hunc regnare super nos, we do not want him to reign over us! He, "who is the author of the universe and of every creature, and who does not impose himself by dominating: he begs for a little love, showing us, in silence, his wounded hands.

"Why, then, do so many ignore him? Why do we still hear that cruel protest: nolumus hunc regnare super nos (Lk 19:14), we do not want him to reign over us? On earth there are millions of men who face Jesus Christ in this way, or rather, the shadow of Jesus Christ, because they do not know Christ, nor have they seen the beauty of his face, nor do they know the wonder of his doctrine.

"Faced with this sad spectacle, I feel inclined to make amends to the Lord. Hearing this clamor that does not cease and that, more than voices, is made of ignoble deeds, I feel the need to cry out loud: oportet illum regnare! (1 Cor 15:25), it is fitting that he should reign (...). For a long time now, the Lord has been urging me to repeat a silent cry: serviam, I will serve. May he increase our eagerness to give ourselves, to be faithful to his divine call - naturally, without apparatus, without noise - in the middle of the street. Let us thank him from the bottom of our hearts. Let us address to him a prayer of subjects, of children, and our tongues and palate will be filled with milk and honey, and we will taste like honeycombs when we speak of the Kingdom of God, which is a Kingdom of freedom, of the freedom that he won for us (cf. Gal 4:3l). We will serve Our Lord as our King and Lord, as the Savior of the whole Humanity and of each one of us. Serviam, I will serve you, Lord, we say to him in the intimacy of our prayer.