If time is history radiating eternity

2013-02-19 L’Osservatore Romano

 Walking with integrity, practising justice and truth of heart, but even to fight against calumny, to respect one's neighbour, to defend the dignity of the person, to refuse any cooperation with evil, to choose the good and faith, to shun all fraud, to eliminate exploitation, and to remove the plague of corruption.  These are the “Eleven Commandments”, a sort of examination of conscience which the Levites required of the faithful before they could cross the threshold of the temple.  Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, put it forward again during the third mediation of the Spiritual Exercises, held Monday evening, 18 February, in the Redemptoris Mater Chapel of the Apostolic Palace in the presence of Benedict XVI.

 After the two previous “theophanies”, that of the word and that of creation, the Cardinal took into consideration the temple, where God “allows himself to be contained” in order to meet humans he created, prisoners of spacial limitations.

 Time, the fourth “theophany”, or manifestation of God, was the subject of the first meditation on Tuesday morning, 19 February.  Cardinal Ravasi welcomed them to search for God in daily things – not in nature – but in history.  In Christianity God is unveiled in a man who is also God, Jesus Christ, whose history “radiates eternity”, and you see him “in your neighbour and in the simple things of daily living”.  The figure of the Messiah was at the centre of the second meditation on Tuesday morning, 19 February.  The Jewish and Christian tradition “have applied the quite abundant series of kingly hymns found in the Psalter” to the Messiah, that is, “the anointed or consecrated one”.