Monday 1 April 2013

Touch

The gospel of Monday morning in the Easter Octave speaks of the women touching Jesus, grasping his feet.

Touch: pilgrims in the Holy Land touching the stones, kissing them, embracing them. Touch: a sense that is so important to us, and that yet is often the step-child in much of our spiritual endeavours and certainly in the realm of philosophy.

Yet Ignatius of Loyola spoke of the spiritual sense, and Don Bosco tells his youngsters to kiss the crucifix devoutly. Ignatius spent a whole night on the Mount of the Ascension trying to fix in his mind and heart the image of the last footprint of Jesus. His spirituality breathes of the concrete. The incarnation is body, if it is anything. The body cannot be forgotten.  

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