How did Mary Magdalen describe what it was like to have met Christ? What words could Peter use to explain to someone else what happened to him on the shore of the Sea of Galilee when Christ cooked him breakfast and asked him three times if he loved him? How did Matthew account for himself when his tax collector friends asked why he'd left the customs post?
What audacity it requires to write the words: I spent the past weekend in close, intimate contact with the Son of the Living God, and I served Him food, watched him eat it and enjoy it, sang with Him, heard Him speak, laughed with Him, was admonished by Him...
We have seen with our own eyes, touched with our hands, the Word of Life.
Not in some "mystical" way. I am not speaking of a feeling. I'm speaking of a literal fact.
How is this thing possible? What am I claiming?
The charism -- this is true for any charism, but I am speaking here of the particular charism I follow, that of Father Luigi Giussani -- is a gift of the Holy Spirit, whose function is to make Christ present, in the flesh of human persons, here and now.
How does this thing happen? What does it mean? I don't know!
Here is what I do know:
- I did not make it happen. I worked very hard all weekend, but not one task that I performed made this beautiful thing happen. The hard work may have been a necessary condition for me to be made able to see it happening, but my work did not make it happen.
- I cannot make it happen again. No scheme, no plan, no talent, no extraordinary work on my part will conjure this presence that I can touch with my hands, see with my eyes, hear with my ears.
- This is all I want in life.
- The first three points mean that I am literally reduced to begging, begging for this miracle to happen again and again in my life, in my presence, to me.
- I need you. He comes to us when we stay together, when we beg together. I need you. Please, come and see this beauty with me. Let us begin together this experience that is out of this world, in this world.