Monday, December 28, 2009

Jesus Identifies with the Holy Innoncents - Jean Vanier

Jesus identification with the poor remains one of the greatest and most incomprehensible mysteries of the Gospels. How can God who is all powerful, all beautiful, and all glorious becomes so powerless, so little, so weak? The logic of love is different from the logic of reason and power. When you love someone you use her language to be close to her. When you love a child , you speak and play with him as a child. That is how God relates to us. God becomes little so that we will not be frightened of Him, so that we can enter into the heart-to-heart relationship of love and communion.

The Word became flesh to reveal what s most precious in each one of us: our hearts, our thirst to be loved and our capacity to love, be kind and compassionate and give life to others.What is most important is not our knowledge or influence, but love hidden in our hearts, which permits us to use our knowledge and gifts to serve others, to give life and to build faithful covenant relationships. That is why Jesus identifies himself with the weak who cry out their need for love and hwo call people together in communion. The mystery is that our God is a hidden God. Our God is not a God of rules, regulations, and obligations, or a master teacher who wants to impose a path of salvation. Our God is a God of love and communion, a heart yearning to communicate to another heart the joy, the ecstasy of love, and communion that exists between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jean Vanier

Jean Vanier is the founder of L'Arche, an international network of communities of the mentally disabled.

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