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Jesus and the myth of the self-made man. Jesus and the myth of the self-made man Gospel of Sunday October 4, XXVII of the Ordinary Time Dear brothers and sisters, the parable of the murderous …More
Jesus and the myth of the self-made man.

Jesus and the myth of the self-made man Gospel of Sunday October 4, XXVII of the Ordinary Time Dear brothers and sisters, the parable of the murderous tenants, which we listen to in the passage from Gospel of Matthew on Sunday, October 4 reminds us that man condemns himself to failure in time and in eternity if he eliminates Jesus, the Son of God, from his own life. In fact, Jesus comes into this world precisely to free man from the primordial lie, instilled in him by the devil, of being able to fulfill his life by relying on his own strength. A myth this of the "self-made man", even today very widespread in a culture dominated by individualism like ours. A man, that is, who starting from scratch, "builds" his success in this world by himself. In reality, a merely earthly success achieved without or against God and without or against brothers and sisters is pure failure. In fact, man, created not as an individual, but as a person, can grow and develop only in the relationship with God, with other human beings and with creation. The truth is that man achieves his "true success" only to the extent that he humbly opens himself to the love of God and of the brothers with whom he shares the responsibility and passion for caring for the poorest and for creation. In this way he grows in humanity to its fullness which transcends earthly life and is definitively fulfilled in the after-life.