In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy
At the end of today's reading, words stand that we
pass by very often. The blind man says to Christ,
"And who is the Son of God?" and Christ answers,
"You have seen Him and He is speaking to you".
For us, the first words are so natural; the first
event of our life, the first event of a meeting is
that we see a person, but what was this wonder of
this man who had never seen anything in the world
and who, touched by the life-giving hand of Christ,
of a sudden saw! And the first person he saw was his
Lord and his God, Christ, the Son of Man.
I remember a Romanian writer telling us in his
biography what definitive, what profound impression
the face of the first man he remembers made. He
remembers himself as a child, and over him - the
inexpressibly beautiful face of his father who was a
priest, looking at him, with all human love, with
all the tenderness, and all the depth of a human
gaze. And he says that this was a first vision for
him in the icon which a human face can be when it is
lit from inside by love and by understanding, by
depth and by eternity, a vision of God. Here this
man saw God in the features of Him who was God and
who had become the Son of Man.
I would like to attract your attention also to
something different. On another occasion we read the
story of a paralytic healed by Christ; and the
Church, singing the praises of God on that occasion
says, "As this man found no one to show mercy on
him, the Son of Mary, God Himself, stooped down and
met his need". Because this man had not found
another man to show mercy, to show compassion, to
show concern, God has come down to him. Now we live
in another time, we live in the time with God truly
having become man in our midst, and more than this:
He has made us to be living members of His body, an
incarnate, concrete presence of His Incarnation, the
temples of the Spirit, the place of the Presence.
Now any man who is in need should at the same time
find in each of us a man stirred to compassion,
taught mercy and understanding by God become Man,
and at the same time, simultaneously, meeting with
us, he should be able to see the love of God in our
eyes and to perceive the active, imaginative,
creative action of divine charity in our words and
in our deeds.
Since Christ has come into the world, the time of
man has come; but not of man as severed from God,
separated from Him, alien to Him, but a wonderful
time when in man, in those who have discovered
Christ, who have believed in Him, who have become
one with Him - those men to whom God has entrusted
the care of His world - people can both receive
divine and human mercy and see human compassion,
human love, human joy.
Is not this a great call, is not that something
which should make us capable of great things? The
time of God and the time of man is one, not only in
the incarnate Son of God, but in this mysterious
incarnate presence which each of us represents, the
presence of God in the flesh, in human compassion,
in human love, and this is an earnest claim and a
challenge which the Gospel presents us with. Are we
to one another and to those further afield that kind
of humanity? New humanity, new creatures, new men
with the newness of a renewed life, the life of God.
This is what we are called to be.
Let us then reflect on it, make a decision, make a
move and become an icon, a vision of God, not only
in the shining of love in our eyes, not only in the
words we speak, but also in every action and deed,
so that the time of man should have become the day
of the Son of Man, the day of the Lord. Amen.
CHRIST IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED!