Friday 22 February 2013

Gesu' glorioso tra Mose' ed Elia gloriosi...

I'm dipping into Rossi de Gasperis' Sentieri di vita again, the first chapter on the Transfiguration. Once again his insistence: Jesus cannot be understood without the Old Testament, without the concrete history of his people, and vice versa. Gesu' glorioso tra Mose' ed Elia gloriosi - something found only in Luke's account of the Transfiguration.

What I am especially struck by, this morning, is that RdG insists on not spiritualizing too easily the real and often bloody and distressing history of Israel. It is a real history. It is in and through that history that God has wanted to work and to speak. So I am reminded of Lonergan's famous passage at the end of "Mission and the Spirit," where he asks: and where do we find the experience of grace? and he answers: everywhere, through the ups and downs of life, as God allows evil to take its course, etc. That answer I have read so far only in an individual key. This morning I realize that it applies equally well to the history of Israel.

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