Sunday, December 10, 2006

The Polar(izing) Express

In his book on prayer, Hans Urs von Balthasar speaks of the effect of Jesus on those he encountered. He polarized them "into worshippers and stone-throwers."

So it remains today: a sign of contradiction. "Do you think I came to bring peace? ..."

This is not because Christ welcomed the conflict. "Blessed are those who are not scandalized by me."

The struggle for truth is a struggle against the moral law of gravity. It takes place within us and among us.

The arrival of Christ in our midst meant that the struggle was now out in the open. "Whom do you say that I am?"

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