Sunday 24 February 2013

"Per me si e' fatto uomo"

Today what strikes me in the phrase of Ignatius is: "per me si e' fatto uomo." He became a man for me.

Rossi de Gasperis: the mysteries of the Torah and the Prophets is the only praeparatio evangelica offered us by the Father, who gives us the Son. This is the only 'parable' of the eternal King, far more true than the Ignatian one of the 'temporal king.' The Father prepared the Son over a period stretching over many centuries, through many events, in a very precise geographical setting and through a history full of sanctity and sinfulness, prophecy and wisdom, errors and violence, truth and falsity, light and darkness. Here God reveals himself, and here he continues to reveal himself even today, incarnating himself through the Church in the most diverse countries and cultures.

"per me si e' fatto ebreo." So even our dear neighbour is somehow quite special, because he is part of that history that God assumed so marvellously and so mysteriously into himself....

And now he incarnates himself through the Church in every nation and in every culture.

He wants to draw all humanity into himself, as once he drew in the history and geography of his people.

He wants to draw each human being therefore, with all the glory and the misery, into himself.

He wants to draw each confrere of this community into himself.

Before this mystery I am called to fall down and adore. 

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