Abstract from the article of Sr Catherine Aubin, Dominican Sister of the Roman Congregation of Saint Dominic
“A Dominican Woman Religious takes floor”, published in the monthly magazine Women Church World attached to Osservatore Romano (January 2019).
Our Dominican Sister introduces us to an imaginary preaching in 2040!
“Simon, when I came to your house you didn’t wash my feet, nor did you kiss or even pour perfume on them. Simon, where are you? What are you looking at? What are you listening to? What do you want to hear from me? Flattery and platitudes? Worldly small talk and rationalizations? Simon, get up, raise your head and listen to me for once:
Who offered all she had to live in the Temple? Did you notice that widow? Did you see her? Answer me, Simon.
Where were you when I was standing before Pilate? What were your words, (rather, your preaching) when the crowd cried ‘release Barabbas’? What did you shout? Simon, answer me.
Who wiped my bloodstained face on the way to my Passion? Who stood at the foot of the Cross while I breathed my last? Where were you, Simon?
Who came at crack of dawn to care for my disfigured body? Who challenged the soldiers on patrol at dawn? Who recognized my voice that morning? Who believed that I had risen from the dead and had proclaimed the Good News?
Who? Who? Who? Simon! Answer me.
To whom did I say ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it?’. Remember Simon, to whom did I speak these words? Who listened to these words and immediately put them into practice? Who remained at my feet to hear me and to study my words? Who chose ‘the better part’, that of study and reflection? Answer me, Simon, who?
Who gave me a drink at the well when I was tired? On that day, who recognized me and believed in me? Who went to proclaim it? Do I need to walk a long way with you, as with your companions on the road to Emmaus, to explain to you what some understood and believed almost instantly?
Simon, reply to me, and tell me: who didn’t believe in the Good News, thinking that it was raving? Answer me. Who is my brother, and sister and mother? To whom are my words addressed? Whom am I looking at and listening to?
Look up, Simon, don’t be afraid, but come back. Go back to your origins, to your sources. The woman who gave birth to you and rocked you. The one who taught you to talk. Let her answers blossom within you and find in your innermost depths what you have forgotten. Like Joseph, don’t be afraid to take Mary with you. Do not fear to let all the Marys speak. [...]"
January 13, 2019
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