Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Radical love

When Christ rose, he didn't seek justice against his killers -- not even to confront them with a stern look or a word of rebuke. When he met up with Peter, it was only to ask, "Do you love me more than these?" He never sought justice nor an apology from Simon Peter. If this is so, then I am certain that it is not my job to ask for this sort of justice. If Christ did not go to Peter and demand that he acknowledge what he did in front of the twelve, then I neither "need" nor should even be interested in having everybody notice if someone else wrongs me.


Sara said...

Thank you for this Suzanne.

Alex Vitus said...

It is a good reminder for me. Thanks. You, and the fam has been in my thoughts

Suzanne said...

thanks to both of you. I'm really just giving myself a stern talking-to, here.

Suzanne said...
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Dumbstruck by the Mystery

...our temptation is always to impose our prejudices or our measure on reality -- except when we are faced with a fact that leaves us dumbstruck, and instead of dominating the fact ourselves, we are dominated, overcome by it. If there were no moments of this kind, the Mystery could do anything, but in the end, we would reduce everything to the usual explanation. But not even a Nobel Prize winner can stop himself from being dumbstruck before an absolutely gratuitous gesture. If there were not these moments, we would find answers, explanations, and interpretations to avoid being struck by anything. It is good that some things happen that we cannot dominate, then we have to take them seriously, and this is the great question of philosophy. If the conditions for the possibility of knowledge (see Kant) impose themselves on reality or if there is something that is so powerfully disproportionate that it does not let itself be "grasped" by the conditions of possibility, then the horizon opens. If this were not the case, then we could dominate everything and be in peace, or at least without drama. Instead, not even the intelligence of a Nobel Prize winner could prevent him from coming face-to-face with a fact that made him dumbstruck -- instead of dominating, it was he who was dominated. Here begins the drama, because I am called to answer. It is the drama that unfolds between us and the Mystery, through certain facts, certain moments, in which the Mystery imposes itself with this evidence. These are facts that we cannot put in our pocket, which we cannot reduce to antecedent factors.
-- Julian Carron in "Friends, that is, Witnesses."