Not everyone has the chance - the grace - to pass a person... almost resurrected. A group of Fondacio companions, mainly from Ile de France but with some regional delegates, experienced such a meeting on Thursday, May 3, at l'Ermitage. Bernard Bastian, former moderator of the community of Puits de Jacob, spoke in an exceptional way on the theme of Easter in our lives.
A first for Bernard Bastian: to answer an invitation from our community on the l'Ermitage site, " attiré par le Père " ( drawn to the Father )... ... It was a rather crazy decision (to come and go in one day from the outskirts of Strasbourg) for someone who acknowledges that he has been "sick for fifty years" and who really went through death in 2009.
Indeed, the former moderator of the community of Le Puits de Jacob had a very serious health crisis, with a tetraplegia of several weeks and a coma of two months. He said he was saved by the prayers of the Church and the community that accompanied and supported him against all odds. Including his desire to "leave the boat" in the darkest hours.
Simple and vital consequences
His speech began with a sober reminder of these major events. In what followed, there were no soothing theological remarks, just words steeped in the fire of an extraordinary experience.
The essence of his teaching concerns our identity as sons and daughters of the Father, in the image of the Son Jesus. And on the simple and vital consequences implied by this positioning.
The moments of meditation and reflection on the Passion, especially on the last words of Christ, allow us to deepen a "dying of Sons and Daughters"... Where the relationship of trust and filial abandonment is maintained to the end and allows this form of choice to be made against our only human logic.
"My life, no one takes it, it is I who give it" ... "Father, forgive them" ... "In your hands, my spirit" ...
It is impossible to give an exhaustive account of the richness of the day.
"Must absolutely be espoused."
Let's point out some essential accents.
Bernard Bastian reminds us that our human growths proceed by maturation and deployment and by mode of rupture, of "death". It is sometimes a question of dying in order to live: to enter into life "even more real, personal, willed by God for each of His children. Every crack, breakage, gestation in our lives can be seen, analyzed, accompanied as a new birth in which another aspect of ourselves is revealed. If we believe in the Passover and the resurrection, we cannot just let ourselves be stopped by a form of death.". Invitation to reread Elijah's intervention with the shoumanite, of Jesus with the widow of Naïm (2 Kings 4, Luke 7...).
A firm invitation also to "espouse absolutely the psychic plan of the ills encountered, but not to stop there". For it is a question of new life in our persons on the occasion of such crossings, which provoke faults, ruptures, singular fragility...
"The Lord creates." It is a question of dying to oneself, to one's "prefabricated self" (our ego as seen by Maurice Zundel)...
Like cutting a diamond
Forgiveness, "Easter of Easter" is evoked, which opens another son's path... " He who forgives grows because something of the human claim dies in him. Like a quantum leap of flesh and spirit ...
Sometimes we have to consent to "die faster" to what is playing us in order to live more like real sons and daughters!
Accepting "meekly" what the ordeal is going to operate as a salutary stripping, like cutting a diamond...
Father Bastian also emphasizes how much "root", "matrix" sin amounts to refusing the fatherhood of our God the Father. Refusing to be a son, to receive one's origin from another... The prodigal son (Luke 15) offers a very clear illustration of this. To be a disciple, on the other hand, is to be a son. It is therefore up to us to seize every opportunity to allow ourselves to be "sons".
Even at the hour of our earthly death, by allowing ourselves to "sink" into Christ's own death, having himself left this world turned entirely towards his Father, without resigning when everything became absurd...
In Mark 15, the centurion perceives this: "Truly this man was the Son of God! ».
For our meditation
"Two towards the Father"...
"By God I am created, created mortal. And He is my Father. A father does not beget his child in order to kill him. If, by creation, He intends me to die, it is in order to give birth to me. (...) Jesus dies in His own death the death of all men. I hope, I will die in the filial death of my Savior... He will take me in Him, and we will both die to the Father. »
Excerpts from the homily of Father François-Xavier Durrwell, the theologian, written by himself].