We need to dream to overcome cynicism. We need a referential scheme, atractive, fertile, strong enough to drag us; only this way every man can consider himself a promise, a reality that will neither be destroyed over the years, nor dissapear by fashion or trends.
There are always areas, folds and aspects of ourselves that we should decipher in their true meaning. The center of our identity has a side that opens to the others, while another one remains closed on its own intimity. It is in privacy where one finds oneself. Those who live pending on their appearance or on nonsense impressions are renouncing to their own interiority. Faith is listening and viewing at the same time.
Knowledge associated to the word is always personal: it recognizes the voice, freely accepts it and obediently follows it. Faith is a knowledge that is only learned in a follow-up path. Listening helps to correctly represent the nexus between knowledge and love. It joins the listening to the Word of God with the desire to see His face.
This view provides a full sight of the whole path and allows us to place ourselves in the great plan of God; without this vision, we would only have isolated fragments of an unknown whole. Believing is listening and, at the same time, seeing. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI encouraged us to follow the path of this look. “Thanks to its joining with listening, the fact of seeing is also part of the following of Jesus, and faith appears as a path of this look, in which eyes get used to see in depth. So, in the Easter morning, we go from John – who, still in the dark, in front of the empty tomb, “saw and believed” – to Mary Magdalene, who sees Jesus and wants to retain him, but she is asked to watch him in his path towards the Father. Finally, we get to Magdalene’s full confession in front of the disciples: “I have seen the Lord”. But learning to look may be very hard.
encourages us to listen, while image
allows us to have a deeper look. Living in privacy allows us to to savor and to know those near us, as well as to educate our own personal project from the deepest layers of the interiority. We should not be afraid of loneliness when, from it, we can have a better understanding of our own history and we can reorganize ourselves again. Jesus can be seen and felt.
One danger of systematic haste and noise is cynicism. We become pragmatic. We know the value of everything, but we don’t really trust anything. What is criticized today, may be passionately defended tomorrow; the important thing here is the moment, the specific time in which we live in; we join the winner and, gradually, the vertigo of haste and urgency makes us cynical, cold, sarcastic and a little bit insensitive. When commenting on the passage in which the bleeding woman (haemorrhoissa) touches Jesus to be healed, St. Augustine claims: “Touching with the heart, that is believing
”. Against this empty mysticism, this anything goes, we need to strive for our personal coherence, supporting the positive and immutable values, as well as those transcendent ideals which helps us to discover the beauty, the nobility and greatness of the world. Poetry and image
can help us to return to a fertile inner life, enriching the path that helps us building our own personality, in a strong desire and constant wish for truth. The light of love is lit when our heart is touched. Then, we understand why faith – besides listening and seeing – is also touching. Jesus has touched us, and also touches us today. With faith, we can also touch Him. When we are configured with Jesus, we receive adequate eyes to see Him.