Sunday 3 March 2013

Our body as vocation

"Our body - which includes our history, our being, our affections, our friendships, our interpersonal relationships - is our first vocation. This is the portion of creation that God has entrusted to us, and we must save it from the tomb and carry it to the resurrection and to glory. The empty tomb of Jesus means that Jesus has saved his whole body, himself, his history, consummating them in love. And this is what we also are called to. My vocation is myself, who am called to pass from seed to flower and fruit (1 Cor 15:35-53). For this same reason we can say also that our vocation is Jesus Christ, because we can carry our body to glory only if we follow his body, the journey that he made, his exodus from the Egypt of sin to the promised land of heaven, passing through Jerusalem. This is the journey of all humanity, and he came to be its leader, the one who places himself at the head of humanity in its journey towards the Transfiguration." (Rossi de Gasperis, Sentieri di vita 2.2:92)

Read that passage in the light of what RdG has said just before it:

"The presence of Christ in our history, the whole life of Jesus, is A VOCATION." (2.2:91)

Called to carry all of ourselves - our histories, our affections, our friendships, our relationships - to the Transfiguration. That's a wonderful thought for the morning. 

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