Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Alone, We Cannot Be Ourselves

The meditation for March 29th in Magnificat is a quotation from Luigi Giussani’s The Origin of the Christian Claim. The perspective elucidated herein is one we must return to again and again: I cannot realize myself unless I accept the love of Another.

Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? (Romans 7:24). This cry is the only starting point which enables a man to take the proposal of Christ into serious consideration. If a man cares nothing for this question, how can he understand the answer? To be myself, I need someone else: Without me you can do nothing (John 15:5). Jesus taught us that whoever accepts his message of salvation cannot avoid facing himself with sincerity, cannot avoid being realistic in his consideration of man. Alone, we cannot be ourselves. No one comes to the Father but by me (John 14:6). This is the same as saying, one more time, that man cannot realize himself unless he accepts the love of Another—Another who has a precise name, who independently of your will died for you: Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13). He said this of himself: I am the resurrection and the life (John 11:25).”