Lk 1:26-38 -- The Birth of Jesus Foretold - It-taħbira tat-twelid ta' Ġesù Kristu
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But, in the Christian sense of the word, what is the more profound meaning of this equilibrium? We are most certainly not talking about being immobile (like those “living statues” that attract tourists that we see in the squares of Italian cities). This may translate into a certain interior rigidness within us that leave us in situations that are not good for us, simply because we fear change or failure. An example could be an unhealthy relationship that does not construct a Christian project for life, but instead has become a reassuring and comfortable nest. Or perhaps it could be the fear of commitment that leaves us stagnant always postponing matrimony and prevents us from taking the next step in a relationship. Every choice brings with it a risk, but in wanting to evade the risk of living, one arrives directly at death. If nothing else, we arrive at the death of our projects and desires. And on this road, our relationship with God which is nourished by our willingness to risk and be vulnerable dies too. It is the risk that comes with following our most profound ideals, that comes with questioning what our vocation is, that comes with asking ourselves if God is calling us to bring forth another child into this world… A contemporary author is provocative in asking very directly: “Is there a man so cowardly that he prefers to not fall even once rather than vacillate forever?” (C. McCarthy). Thus, it is better to risk losing equilibrium in the adventure of an entire life in order to find it.
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This is because the Christian can never settle down. His equilibrium is not one of he who sits comfortably in the middle, without ever making himself too vulnerable, never being too vocal, for fear of offending others. Sometimes, we prefer a “quiet life” and we let injustices, unfair prejudices, or gossip pass by us without ever taking a stand. The Christian is not neutral, and he who seeks peace in this way is not seeking after Christ who came rather “to bring war” (cfr Lk 12:49). Simon Weil writes that “the duty of the spiritual man is to re-establish equilibrium, bringing to his side those who are lost and are oppressed”, and that this means being ready to move with those in our world who are continually moving justice.