The scandal of a God who became man and died on the Cross

is at the centre of our faith.

This has always been the very first inspiration of our vocation and this mystery inspires, sustains and nourishes the daily our gift for the Kingdom.

 

The Church confesses that Jesus is the Son of God who came in the flesh. This is the scandal!

The true measure of His Incarnation is humility, disinterest and beatitude.

He is flesh and yet is also transcendence; He is self-emptying and yet is also fullness; He is dishonour and yet is also glory; He is humiliation and yet is also beatitude: each of these postulates represents a challenge for all men and for Christians, and radically for me.

The secret is in Pope Francis’ simple one: an open heart, opened wide, expanded in the world but not ripped apart from it.

It is a heart that must be transplanted in the flesh of this world, of every brother and sister, of this time that awaits transfiguration.

Francis is capable of giving us “realistic hope”, truly accessible to all – accessible to faith. And he warns: there is more. There are better situations. There is a “not yet” that must not convey resignation and rest. If the measure is the limit, then it is truly time for miracles, in other words the immense – yet possible – daily, humble, hidden, disinterested effort of making the Gospel adhere to reality. It is an effort, yes, in other words, work, lots of work, and an increased commitment towards man, among people.

Is this a revenge of acting over being? No, it is the possible balance between being and having to be, which is the measure of true humanism: this is what Jesus taught us through His journey from Heaven to earth, a transcendence that is understood between a stable and a wooden cross.

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