Friday, March 20, 2015

Attracted by the Crucified One

by José Antonio Pagola (English translation by Rebel Girl)
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March 22, 2015

John 12:20-33

A group of "Greeks", probably pagans, approach the disciples with an admirable plea: "We would like to see Jesus." When they communicate it to him, Jesus responds with a vibrant speech in which he summarizes the profound meaning of his life. The time has come. All, Jews and Greeks, will very soon be able to grasp the mystery that lies in his life and in his death -- "When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself."

When Jesus is lifted up on a cross and appears crucified on Golgotha, everyone will know the unfathomable love of God. They will realize that God is love and only love for every human being. They will be attracted by the Crucified One. In him, they will discover the supreme manifestation of the mystery of God.

To do this requires, of course, something more than having heard of the doctrine of redemption. More than attending some religious act of Holy Week. We are to focus our inner gaze on Jesus and let ourselves be moved on discovering in that crucifixion the final gesture of a life given day by day for a more humane world for all. A world that finds its salvation in God.

But probably we begin to know Jesus truly when, attracted by his total surrender to the Father and his passion for a happier life for all his children, we hear his call, albeit faintly -- "Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be."

Everything starts from a desire to "serve" Jesus, to collaborate in his task, to live only for his plan, to follow his footsteps to manifest, in many ways and almost always with meager gestures, how God loves us all. Then we start to become his followers.

This means sharing his life and fate -- "Where I am, there will my servant be." This is being a Christian -- to be where Jesus was, take care of what he took care of, have the goals he had, be on the cross as he was, being one day at the Father's right hand where he is.

What would a Church "attracted" by the Crucified One, impelled by the desire to "serve him alone" and busy with the things he was busy with, be like? How would a Church that would attract people to Jesus be?

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