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December 1999

Nothing is impossible to God. (Luke 1:37)

When Mary asked the angel at the Annunciation: "How can this come about?" the answer was: "Nothing is impossible to God" and, as proof of these words, she was given the example of Elizabeth, who in her old age had conceived a son. Mary believed and became the Mother of the Lord.

God is omnipotent. This name of his is often found in Holy Scripture and is used when expressing God's power in blessing, in judging, in guiding the course of events and in achieving his plans. There is only one limit to God's omnipotence, and that is human freedom, which can be opposed to his will, making human beings powerless, when instead they are called to share in the very power of God.

Nothing is impossible to God.

This Word of Life seems very suited to conclude the year that, at least for the Roman Catholic Church, has been dedicated to the Father before the jubilee of the year 2000. In fact it is a word which leads us to have unlimited confidence in the love of God who is Father because, if God is and his being is Love, complete trust in him must be the logical consequence.

All graces are in his power: temporal and spiritual ones, the possible and the impossible. He gives them to those who ask and also to those who don't ask for them, because as the Gospel says, the Father ‘makes the sun rise on the good and the bad'. He asks all of us to behave like him, with the same universal love, supported by the faith that ...

Nothing is impossible to God.

How can we live this Word in daily life? From time to time we all have to face difficult and painful situations, whether in our personal lives or in relationships with others. Sometimes we experience our complete powerlessness because we realise that we are attached to people or things that enslave us in bonds from which we would rather be free. Often we find ourselves facing walls of indifference and egotism and we feel helpless when faced with events that seem beyond us.

It is in these moments that the Word of Life can come to our aid. Jesus allows us to experience our inability, not so as to discourage us but to make us understand better that 'nothing is impossible to God' and to prepare us to experience the extraordinary power of his grace, which is revealed especially when we see that we cannot manage with our own little strength.

Nothing is impossible to God.

If we repeat this to ourselves in the most crucial moments, we will receive from the Word of God the energy that it contains. Somehow we are made to share in God's own omnipotence. But there is one condition, of course: that we live his will, seeking to radiate around us the love that he has put in our hearts. In this way we will be in union with the all-powerful Love that God has for all his creatures. Everything is possible for him: all that contributes towards fulfilling his plans for each person and for the whole of humanity.

But there is a very special moment when we can live this Word and experience all its effects: it is in prayer.

Jesus said that whatever we ask the Father in his name he will give us. So let's try asking him for what we have most at heart, firmly believing that nothing is impossible to him: whether it is the solution to a desperate situation, or peace in the world, the healing of a serious illness, or solving conflicts in the family and in society. Furthermore if there are several of us, who ask for the same thing in full agreement, because of mutual love, then Jesus himself will be present in our midst, praying to the Father who, according to his promise, will obtain what we ask for.

Some of us have experienced this. One day, with faith in God's omnipotence and in his Love, we prayed for N., that the tumour that had shown up on the X-ray, would 'disappear', as if it had been a mistake or a mere shadow. And it did.

This unlimited trust, which makes us feel that we are in the Father's arms and that for him everything is possible, must accompany all that happens in our life. This does not mean that we will always get what we ask for. His omnipotence is that of a Father and he uses it always and only for the good of his children, whether they realise it or not. The important thing is to live nourishing the certainty that for God nothing is impossible and this will make us experience a peace we have never known before.

Chiara Lubich


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