The treasure of our mud

“We carry this treasure in clay jars, so that it looks good that this extraordinary power comes not from us but from God.”

2 Corinthians 4.7
Throughout this year, we are trying, as Archdiocesan Church, care of the “fragility of our people” so even theme and style of the archdiocesan mission.

In this line, I want also the issue of “fragility” is present in the letter that I write every year on the occasion of the Feast of St. Pius X, patron of catechists.

In 2002 he invited them to reflect on the mission of the catechist as a worshiper, as one who is known to a mystery so great and wonderful that it overflows to become alabanza.Hoy prayer and encouraged me to insist on this aspect. First of a fragmented world, the lure of new fractures fratricidal of our country, to the painful experience of our own frailty, it is necessary and urgent, I dare say, essential, deepen prayer and worship. She will help us unify our hearts and give us “bowels of mercy” for men to meet and fellowship, they assume as vocation taking over brother’s wound. Do not deprive your church prayer ministry, allowing them to oxygenate the daily fatigue witnessing a God so near, as Other Father, Brother, and Spirit; Pan, traveling companion and Giver of Life.

A year ago I wrote: “… Now more than ever it is necessary to enable worship projimidad claiming these times of crisis. Only in contemplation of the mystery of love that overcomes distance and closeness is, find the strength to not tempted to follow along, without stopping on the way … ”

Just the text of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) was the one who lit the Te Deum of May 25 this year. In the same inviting “all our lives new meaning-as individuals and as a nation, from the joy of the risen Christ to enable outbreak in the same frailty of our flesh, hoping to live as a true community …”

Announcing the Kerygma, life new meaning, form community, are tasks that the Church entrusts a particular way to the catechists. Bigger task beyond us and even at times overwhelms us. Somehow we reflected on the young Gideon that before sending to fight against the Midianites feels helpless and perplexed by the apparent superiority of the invading enemy (Thurs 6.11-24). We also, at this new invasion pseudocultural that presents the new faces of the pagans “Baals” of yesteryear, we experience the disproportion of forces and the smallness of the envoy. But it is precisely from the experience of the fragility itself where strength is evident from above, the presence of the One who is our guarantee and our peace.

So this year I encourage you to invite you to the same contemplative gaze with which you discover the nearness of the Lord of History, acknowledge your weakness hidden treasure, which confuses the proud and brings down the mighty. Today the Lord invites us to embrace our frailty as a great treasure source evangelist. Recognize clay pot and a way, is also giving worship the true God.

For only he who is able to recognize vulnerable solidarity action. Then moved (“move-in”), compassion (“suffering-with”) who is fallen by the wayside, are attitudes who can recognize in the other his own image, soil mix and treasure, and so no rejects. Unlike loves her, he approaches her and without looking, he discovers that the wounds are healing in the ointment brother own. Compassion becomes communion, bridge approaches and close ties. Neither robbers nor those who still long before the fall, are aware of their treasure and their mud. So the first not value the lives of others and dare to leave almost dead. If you do not value their own, how can they be recognized as a treasure of others? The following long turn, value their life but partly, dare to look only one hand, they believe valuable: they know chosen and loved by God (strikingly in the parable are two religious figures in Jesus: a Levite and a priest) but dare not recognized clay, mud fragile. So the fallen are afraid and do not know how to recognize it, how can they recognize the mud of others if they do not accept your own?

If anything characterizes the catechetical pedagogy, if something should be expert in every catechist, is in its ability to host, to take over the other, to see to it that no one is excluded from the road. Therefore, given the severity and the extent of the crisis, the challenge as Archdiocesan Church engage in “caring fragility of our people” I invite you to renew your vocation catechist and put all your creativity “poise” close the suffering, realizing a “pedagogy of presence”, which projimidad listening and are not only a style but the content of catechesis.

And in this beautiful craft vocation of being “chrism and caress of suffering” not afraid to take care of the fragility of the brother from your own frailty: your pain, your tired, your breaks, God transforms them into wealth, ointment, Sacramento. He recalled what we meditated together on Corpus: there is a fragility, the Eucharist, which hides the secret of sharing. There is a fragmentation that allows, in the tender gesture of awareness, feed, unify, give meaning to life. That in this feast of St. Pius X, you can present to the Lord in prayer your tiredness and fatigue, as the people that the Lord has placed in your life. And let the Lord embrace your frailty, your clay to evangelizing force and transform it into a source of strength. So the Apostle Paul experienced it:

“We are troubled on all sides, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted, but not abandoned, struck down, but not destroyed. Always and everywhere, we carry in our bodies the sufferings of the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our body. ”

2 Corinthians 4.8 to 10

Fragility is where we are called to be catequistas.La vocation would not be complete if we exclude our clay, our failures, our failures, our struggles everyday: it is here that the life of Jesus is manifested and is saving message. Thanks to her brother discovered pains as their own. And from there, the prophet’s voice is good news for everyone:

“Strengthen weak arms, strengthening of such feeble knees; say to those who are discouraged:” Be strong, fear not: there is your God! … He Himself comes to save them. “Then will the eyes of the blind and unstopped the ears of the deaf, then the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy, will accompany the joy and gladness, sorrow and groans will turn away. ”

Isaiah 35, 3.5

May Mary, grant us appreciate the treasure of our clay, to sing with her the Magnificat of our smallness along with the grandeur of God.

Do not forget to pray for me to live this experience also limit and grace. May Jesus bless you and take care of you the Holy Virgin. With all my affection.

Card. Jorge Mario Bergoglio s.j
August 21, 2003
to trifle with God’s greatness.

Do not forget to pray for me to live this experience also limit and grace. May Jesus bless you and take care of you the Holy Virgin. With all my affection.

Card. Jorge Mario Bergoglio s.j
August 21, 2003

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