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At the Threshold of the Holy Week 2020
Pope Francis, at the end of his video message at the threshold of Holy Week, invites us to live this devastating time of Coronavirus as an opportunity for Love’s creativity.
Today, Jesus enters Jerusalem welcomed by those people who have recognized in him – in his words, feelings and actions – the epiphany of Love’s creativity. In his journey through Galilee, he inaugurated the good news of the kingdom of mercy that is liberating, healing, ecstatic and disruptive, challenging the structures of the world with its fears, selfishness, hostility, and dominion. These opposing forces of yesterday and today – personal, cultural, political, religious, and economic – plotted to suffocate love’s creativity; and they have prevailed.
This traumatic experience provoked a metamorphosis in Jesus’ disciples.
They came out of the abyss infected by that same ardor of love and justice that had animated their Wayfarer and Forerunner over the cruelty and strength of the world, opening new possibilities at the heart of a heartless humanity.
The spirit of Jesus began to rise in their words, feelings, and actions. We too hope to go out of this planetary crisis deeply transformed, the greater danger being to come out with the same political, economical, sanitary, ecological and religious structures we entered.
In this virulent time, where we are urged to shelter in place, how do we welcome, imagine, nourish, and embody Love’s creativity as a liturgy of Holy Week?
How do we live the washing of the feet on Holy Thursday; welcome the pain of the planet on Good Friday; immerse ourselves into the wordless silence of death on Holy Saturday; and celebrate the emergence of the unexpected and the impossible joy of Easter?
Perhaps, Love’s creativity in this planetary and embracing holy week is inspiring us:
* To stay at home as an opportunity to transform our hectic and consumptive behaviors; embracing our vulnerability, fragility and mortality; with a new kind of attention to the Source of living waters flowing within us; and with a renewed heart caring for each other.
* To be in solidarity with and have grateful appreciation for the unconditional generosity of people involved in the front line of medical care and scientific research.
* To support a politics in search of mitigating and eradicating the outbreak, and to practice new forms of cooperation between all the members of the planet’s body.
* To enhance our capacity to embrace our ‘anthropological crisis’ (Edgar Morin), revealing to us the weak side of our amazing human power.
* To foster the sense of being involved in an unknown, wondrous, exciting and terrifying adventure.
That we may embrace with faith – following the way of Jesus – our abysmal mystery: our fate commingled with finite and infinite; mortality and aliveness; known and unknown; reason and madness; explored and unexplored, dominion and liberation.
In this planetary, paschal mystery, let us welcome and ponder the words of the poet Mariangela Gualtieri,
It is extraordinary what is happening.
And there is gold, I believe, in this strange time.
Perhaps there are gifts.
Nuggets of gold for us. If we help one another.
There is a very strong call
of the species now, and as a species
we must each see ourselves. A common fate
holds us here. We knew it. But not well enough.
Either all of us, or no one.
by: Ivan Nicoletto