I am like King David who had three sons. One of them was called Absalom, and he sought the life of his father. The second, Adonijah, sought his father's kingdom. The third son, Solomon, obtained the kingdom. The first son denotes the Jews. They are the people who sought My life and death and scorned My counsel. Consequently, now that their requital is known, I can say what David said upon the death of his son: 'My son, Absalom!' that is: O my Jewish children, where is your longing and expectation now? O My children, what will be your end now? I felt compassion for you because you longed for Me to come - for Me Whom you learned from many signs had come - and because you longed for quickly fading glory, all of which now has faded. But I feel greater compassion for you now, like David repeating those first words over and over, because I see that you will end in a wretched death.
Therefore, again like David, I say with all My love: 'My son, who will let me die in your stead?' David knew well that he could not bring back his dead son by dying himself, but, in order to show his deep fatherly affection and the eager yearning of his will, even though he knew it was impossible, he was prepared to die in the place of his son. In the same way, I now say: O My Jewish children, although you had ill-will toward Me and did as much as you could against Me, if it were possible and if My Father allowed it, I would willingly die once again for you, for I take pity on the misery you have brought upon yourselves as required by justice. I told you what was to be done by My words and showed you by My example. I went ahead of you like a hen protecting you with wings of love, but you spurned it all. Therefore, all the things that you longed for have fled away. Your end is misery and all your labor wasted.
Bad Christians are denoted by David's second son who sinned against his father in his old age. He reasoned with himself in this way: 'My father is an old man and failing in strength. If I say anything wrong to him, he does not respond. If I do anything against him, he does not avenge himself. If I assail him, he endures it patiently. Therefore, I will do what I want.' With some of his father David's servants, he went up to a grove of few trees in order to play the king. But when the wisdom and intention of his father became evident, he changed his plan and those who were with him fell into discredit.This is what Christians are doing to Me now. They think to themselves: 'God's signs and decisions are not as manifest now as they were before. We can say what we like, since He is merciful and pays no attention. Let us do as we please, since He gives way easily.' They have no faith in My power, as if I were weaker now in accomplishing my will than I was before.
They imagine my love to be less, as if I am no longer as willing to have mercy on them as on their fathers. They also think that My judgment is a thing to be laughed at and that My justice is meaningless. Therefore, they, too, go up to a grove with some of David's servants in order to play the king with presumption. What does this grove of few trees denote, if not the Holy Church subsisting through the seven sacraments as through just a few trees? They enter into this church along with some of David's servants, that is, with a few good works, in order to gain God's kingdom with presumption.
They do a modest number of good works, confident that thereby, no matter what state of sin they are in or whatever sins they have committed, they can still gain the kingdom of Heaven as if by hereditary right. David's son wanted to obtain the kingdom against David's will but was driven away in disgrace, inasmuch as both he and his ambition were unjust, and the kingdom was given to a better and wiser man. In the same way, these people will also be driven away from My kingdom.
It will be given to those who do the will of David, since only a person who has charity can obtain My kingdom. Only a person who is pure and is led by My heart can approach Me Who am the most pure of all.
Solomon was the third son of David. He represents the pagans. When Bathsheba heard that someone other than Solomon - whom David had promised would be king after him - had been elected by certain persons, she went to David and said: 'My lord, you swore to me that Solomon would be king after you. Now, however, someone else has been elected.If this is the case and it goes on in this way, I will end up being sentenced to the fire as an adulteress and my son will be regarded as illegitimate.' When David heard this, he stood up and said: 'I swear to God that Solomon will sit on my throne and be king after me.' He then ordered his servants to set Solomon on the throne and proclaim as king the man of David's choice. They carried out the orders of their lord and raised up Solomon to great power, and all those who had given their vote to his brother were scattered and reduced to servitude. This Bathsheba, who would have been accounted an adulteress had another king been elected, stands for nothing other than the faith of the pagans.
No kind of adultery is worse than selling oneself into prostitution away from God and from the true faith and believing in a god other than the Creator of universe. Just as Bathsheba did, some of the Gentiles come to Me with humble and contrite hearts, saying: 'Lord, You promised that in the future we would be Christians. Carry out Your promise! If another king, if another faith other than Yours should gain the ascendancy over us, if You remove yourself from us, we will burn in misery and die like an adulteress who has taken an adulterer instead of a lawful husband. Besides, although You live forever, nevertheless, You will die to us and we to You in the sense that You will remove Your grace from our hearts and we will set ourselves up against You due to our lack of faith. Therefore, fulfill Your promise and strengthen our weakness and enlighten our darkness! If You delay, if You remove yourself from us, we will perish.' Having heard this, I will stand up like David through My grace and mercy.
I swear by My divine nature, which is joined to My humanity, and by My human nature, which is in My Spirit, and by My Spirit, which is in My divine and human natures, these three being not three gods but one God, that I will fulfill My promise. I will send My friends to bring My son Solomon, that is, the pagans, into the grove, that is, into the Church, which subsists through the seven sacraments as through seven trees (namely baptism, penance, the anointment of confirmation, the sacrament of the altar and of the priesthood, matrimony, and extreme unction). They will take their rest upon My throne, that is, in the true faith of the Holy Church.
Moreover, the bad Christians will become their servants. The former will find their joy in an everlasting heritage and in the sweet nourishment that I will prepare for them. The latter, however, will groan in the misery that will begin for them in the present and last forever. And so, since it is still the time for vigilance, may My friends not fall asleep, may they not grow weary, for a glorious reward awaits their toil!"
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