Commentary on the Gospel of

Fr Vittorio Bruschella cmf


The celebration of Easter will be such an intense and incisive moment in our lives, that we become aware today of being part of the man who is in the world.

"To us the shame on the face, to the Lord mercy", the prophet Daniel warns us by pointing out that the shame is not of the individual, but collective. Shame is published with verbs and many pronouns in the first plural even: "to us". It is certainly not a question of diluting personal responsibility, but of subtracting that possible crutch, represented by the collective outcome. It also specifies shame as "on the face", that is, public, clearly visible! In order to be well present in my speaking and acting.

Now, while in the experience of Israel, God is totally different, marking the distance We-God, Shame-Mercy, in the Gospel, Jesus reveals to us the Father's mercy. Jesus is the love of the Father who walks our streets. He knows and takes upon himself the experience of the people's shame, to transform it internally. The face of the new Israel, of our face, is in fact transfigured into the face of Christ himself. Thanks to the Paschal Mystery of Christ, we abandon shame in order to be merciful to each other, as our Father is merciful.


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