Community June 8
(The Crosier) is transparent and open to everyone, sociable in his sincerity, behavior, great kindness and self-forgetfulness (Profile of the Congolese Crosier).
The Christian is the icon of Christ.
Looking at the icon, one sees Christ, the Transparent One, who said, “I am the truth” (Jn 14:6) and who demands, “Let your word be yes, if yes, and no, if no” (Mt 5:37).
The Christian manifests Christ, the Open One, who declares, “I have spoken openly to the world” (Jn 18:20) and who says, “There is nothing secret that will not be made known” (Lk 8:17).
The Christian is the image of Christ, the Friend, who exclaimed, “I call you friends” (Jn 15:15) and who commanded, “Love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 5:12).
The Christian reflects Christ, the True One, who proclaimed, “I say what the Father told me” (Jn 12:50) and who prayed, “Consecrate them in the truth” (Jn 17:17).
The Christian shows Christ, the Tender One, who said, “He will not break the bruised reed” (Mt 12:20) and who counsels, “Do to others as you would have them do to you” (Lk 6:31).
The Christian reminds of Christ, the Victim, who declared, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (Jn15:13) and who invited, “I have given you an example that you should do as I have done to you” (Jn 13:15).
The big watermelon is never bitter. (Mali)