2015. november 3., kedd

Messianic gates and vision

"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:...A time to weep, and time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance" (Ecclesiastes 3:4)

"Tell us, by what authority doest thou these things? or who is he that gave thee this authority?" (Lk 20:2)

There is a time to recognise God in our life. These are sensitive moments when we are not only offered the opportunity to 'name' him, but we are called to confess him as our Messiah.

This self-revealing Messiah, first, always heals us. In order to be perceived and responded by us, Jesus wants to heal our relationship with 'time'. We need to regain our sense of life itself. That is, the control over the time of life that we are given. This is a tremendous effort in itself: to take off the clothe of a distorted time. Cyber-realities, gadgets, flickering news, and the anxieties of our work (or of our being unemployed) do not allow to fix our gaze on what is real from our God; what is real from our life.

Prayer, the physical reality of the Eucharist, our compassion for those who are in need are 'messianic gates'. We must breath freely in our life, in the real time of our existence, with this clear consciousness.

Luke's is a painful account of how the 'authorities' are lost in a fictitious reality. Their blindness not only is a blindness to God, but also betrays the missed 'messianic gates'. The moments of compassion for others sensitise us or make us blind depending on our response.