Monday, March 6, 2017

Parable and Conscience Meditation March 6

Glorious Cross  March 6

(The Crosier) is able to abstain from legitimate satisfactions to be in solidarity with those who have nothing (Profile of the Congolese Crosier).

Who is the courageous person?  It is someone who, in the face of trial, embraces the mission:  the person ready to suffer for the good of others.  Trials are not momentary.  Courageous people face them going to bed and getting up in the morning.  Courage demands paying attention always, accepting what is experienced with an open and calm spirit.  Having such a spirit prepares one for the endurance of privations, physical violence and personal humiliation.  If there is no human support at hand, resistance is nonetheless supported by confidence in God.  Courage remains alert, knowing that enemies are coming to trouble.  The courageous person has no defense except the Lord.  Here one recognizes the image of the Suffering Servant of the Old Testament, a messianic figure through whom the people of Israel will be saved.  He is mild and, at the same time, hard as a rock.  He is sensitive to his own pain and, at the same time, resolved to suffer for others.  He is an image of Christ, who set his face toward Jerusalem where he would be delivered into the hands of the religious and political powers, be abandoned by his friends and executed for the salvation of others:  the truly courageous man.

The wild boar risks falling into the pit to save its baby.  (Mongo)

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