Monday, April 6, 2009

Touch the Mystery of God's Love

We entrust ourselves to God. It is in this way that his kingdom is realized.

Two essential characteristics of this kingdom: it passes through the Cross and it is universal. Universality, “catholicity,” “means that no one can posit himself as absolute, his culture, his time and his world. We all welcome each other, renouncing something of ourselves. Universality is always an overcoming of ourselves, a renunciation of something that is ours. Universality and the cross go together. Only in this way can peace be created.”
Jesus “formulates once again the fundamental law of human existence: 'He who loves his life will lose it and he who hates his life in this world will save it for eternal life.' He who wants to have his life for himself, live only for himself, squeeze out everything for himself and exploit all the possibilities -- he is the one who lose his life. It becomes boring and empty. Only in abandoning ourselves, only in the disinterested gift of the 'I' in favor of the 'Thou,' only in the 'Yes' to the greater life, precisely the life of God, our life too becomes full and more spacious.

The life, death and resurrection of Jesus are the guarantee that we can truly entrust ourselves to God. It is in this way that his kingdom is realized.”

“When we touch the cross, indeed, when we carry it, we touch the mystery of God, the mystery of Jesus Christ. The mystery that God so loved the world -- us -- that he gave his only-begotten Son for us. We touch the marvelous mystery of God's love, the only truth that is really redemptive. But we also touch the fundamental law, the constitutive norm of our life, that is, that without the 'Yes' of the cross, without walking in communion with Christ day after day, life can never be a success.” Pope Benedict XVI Palm Sunday 2009

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