Sunday, March 23, 2014

Beauty Ever Ancient Ever New

“The disciple is not greater than his Master.”  
Daughter, when considering the life of your Lord, consider often its radical humility and hiddenness: born in a lowly stable, thirty years of silence in Nazareth engaged in the humble work of a carpenter.  Although the Son of God, he manifested himself as servant – the secret and hidden wisdom of God. This self-emptying hiddenness and silence consumed Jesus’ whole soul at the time of the Passion and was foreshadowed when he warned others sternly not to make him known.  Matthew tells us that in this warning Jesus fulfilled the words of the prophet Isaiah that in his coming “he will not wrangle or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets . . . ”  
Such self-effacing anonymity means that Jesus’ triumph comes not by engaging in the world’s way – either power or self-exaltation – but by his abiding in humility and allowing death to descend upon him. While proclaiming the Gospel to the Pharisees he never descended to their level of argumentation.  When engaging the crowds he eschewed any desire to grasp at worldly power or glory.  For Jesus to be Child of the Father is one and the same thing for him to be servant and victim.
And so, daughter, when you think of your own life and actions in the world ask yourself: "Who could know better than God himself where truly efficacious redemption lies?" He suffered so that the life of the Trinity might flow out into the world and its ignorance and sin.  It was in this way that he allowed the Father’s voice to be heard in the world.  At the Cross, Jesus grew silent that the Father might speak – - that the Word might be perfectly accomplished in the work for which it was sent.
Should He work any other way in you?  Accomplish His redemptive work in any other fashion in your life?  The union of your soul with the Beloved must be reflected in the way you carry yourself in the world - in your gentle demeanor towards others, in the hiddenness of your virtue, in the unassuming and quiet nature of your love, in your willingness to bear humiliation.  Never lose sight of the true plane on which Jesus lived his interior life.  In his ministry Jesus never forsook the true source of his redemptive power in the Father.  Likewise, you must never forsake He who was crucified for you or refuse to stretch out your arms in loving embrace of those He entrusts to your care.