Sunday 14 February 2016

8.The Victorious Love of Christ at the origin of a new life L’Amour Victorieux du Christ à l’origine d ’une nouvelle vie

8.The Victorious Love of Christ at the origin of a new life

At the heart of suffering humanity that we come across each day, we find a reflection of the humanity that is described in the Apocalypse :

’All beautiful like a fiancée clothed for her bridegroom.’

Like a hidden pearl at the bottom of the lake, poor peoples’ lives can seem insignificant. And yet, as soon as the pearl is exposed to the sun, it becomes radiant. This is a mystery hidden at the heart of the Church.

The Apostle Saint John shows us Mary, Jesus’ mother, standing at the foot of the Cross. Standing like her Son, she engenders a new humanity born at the Cross. Great is the suffering of this humanity. Mary is united to the Holy Spirit who, hidden in her heart, fortifies her. A new humanity is in the process of being born, regenerated in Baptism and nourished by the Eucharist :

’Woman behold your Son, behold your Mother.’ (Jn.19.26)

From now on, Heaven is opened, it is in God’s infinite Love that this new humanity lets itself be contemplated upon. A page of the Song of Songs expresses well this passage to a renewal, to a new light :’

’Behold, my beloved comes, climbing the mountains, crossing the hills, he runs like a gazelle, like a little fawn. Here he is behind our wall ; he looks through the window, he’s watching through the trellis. My beloved has spoken :

’Rise up, my friend, my lovely one. For the time of winter has gone, the rains seasons have ended, it has gone away. On our earth, in the countryside, flowers are appearing. The time of singing has come.The cooing of the dove can be heard in our countryside; the fig tree forms its first fruit, he vine in flower exudes its perfume! Raise up; my friend my lovely one, come my beautiful one! My dove, against the rock, hidden in the hollow of the rock, let me hear your voice, for your voice is gentle and your face is altogether beautiful." (Ct.2.14)

One expression of this poem suggests the complicity between the Creator and the creature ’on our earth’. Our earth has become God’s earth when Jesus takes on our human flesh. Mary, moved by the Holy Spirit joins the ’Heart’ of the Father when she weaves Jesus’ human heart and when she is transformed by Him.