Easter: Ecce homo

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...she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.
But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are you?’ He said, ‘I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.’ He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?’ The man said, ‘The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.’

Ut unum sint (III)



When Jesus had said this, he raised his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you, just as you gave him authority over all people, so that he may give eternal life to all you gave him. Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ. I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do. Now glorify me, Father, with you, with the glory that I had with you before the world began.

“I revealed your name to those whom you gave me out of the world. They belonged to you, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you gave me is from you, because the words you gave to me I have given to them, and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you, and they have believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me, because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine, and I have been glorified in them. And now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you.

Passiontide

For four weeks now we have done our best to respond to the invitation: «Repent and believe in the gospel!» For most of us it will have been four weeks in which we have also, in one way or another – or several – experienced the truth of the statement that we «are dust and shall return to dust». 


This experience opens us for the second part of Lent, Passiontide: the crescendo leading up to the climax of the liturgical year in Holy Week and the Pascal Triduum. It demonstrates for us in no ambiguous terms that we cannot save ourselves. Our good resolutions are rarely long-lasting, our forces run out when we try to draw from our own reserves, our will is bent this way and that, and at least we feel ourselves to be limited by time and space. We need this yearly reminder that salvation is found in receiving the life of Christ and let Him live His pascal mystery in us. 

Annunciation

Do not be afraid! You have found grace. You have received a gift.

Do you dare to believe it? To really listen to what he says? Can you dare to say yes to the life he wants to plant within you? 

Hail! Do not be afraid!

That there is one who knows you and loves you fully, who has a dream for your life and desires your free response and your happiness... is that imaginable?

Life to the full, for you and for others... In the quiet, invisible, the always present, the ordinary, concrete, everyday existence...

And if it seems impossible, is it possible to have faith in the answers given when you ask?

His thoughts are not our thoughts, and our ways are not always his – but he knows you way and your resting place, and he knows whom you need to meet... 
Do not be afraid!