In the past six months, the news has overflowed with people all over the world struggling for ideals, noble struggles that produced reactions of violence and death. Each day, increasingly horrific examples showed us the many ways people can denigrate, oppress and marginalize each other in ever more terrifying ways. Each day we may be tempted to push those images and facts out of our lives by pretending they are so far away, so much somebody else's concern, so not important in our own lives. Those facts, though, show others, not us. Those facts, though, show the others we say we men and women are for.
Fr. Kolvenbach and this Holy Week, remind us that God works in all parts of our lives, in all people in our lives, and that our own salvation came through similar horrors and violence as we struggle to make sense of the gritty reality of today. These times challenge--and ask, and require, even--each of us to examine the way we have allowed or pushed away, the horrible stories in our own world.
These times challenge--and ask, and require, even--us to look honestly at how we are connected to the people who are far away, perhaps, but still connected with them in their struggle. This is a time to reflect on how we have been changed by the news of this world and how we have learned to feel, think, respond and engage in the ever contemporary human struggle with humanity. These times, frankly, nourish our activities and prayer in Lent more real-ly, and more fully, than only worrying about, or considering, ourselves.
This Holy Week invites us to learn about a God Who we find and recognize not only in the orderly beauty of this world, but also in the frequently messy and often confused parts of our lives--our gritty reality. Ours is a God who gets "dirty" in every real and gritty part of our lives, no matter what they may entail. Ours is a God involved in this world, though, only if we can have the courage and trust to let the events around us reflect His presence. This is the foundation of the Ignatian call to see God in all things".
Have a blessed Holy Week...
Let this very holy week help you see the real meaning of Easter for us, today.