Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Testimony of Hope

Testimony of Hope: The Spiritual Exercises of Pope John Paul IITestimony of Hope: The Spiritual Exercises of Pope John Paul II by Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, Pauline Books and Media, 2000.

Picking up on the theme of the previous post. Quoting Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan,

"'I left everything to follow Jesus, because I love the defects of Jesus.'

The second defect: Jesus doesn't know math.

"If Jesus would have had to take a mathematics exam, he might have failed. He indicates this in the parable of the lost sheep. A shepherd has one hundred sheep. One of them becomes lost and, without delay, he sets out in search of it, leaving the other ninety-nine in the wilderness. Finding it, he puts the poor creature on his shoulders and retuns to the fold (cf. Lk 15:4-7).

For Jesus, one is equal to ninety-nie--and perhaps more! Who could ever accept this? But his mercy reaches from generation to generation. . . .

When it is a matter of saving the lost sheep, Jesus does not become discouraged by any risk or by any effort. We can contemplate his actions, full of mercy, when he sits beside Jacob's well and speaks with the Samaritan woman, or when he wishes to dine at the house of Zaccheus! What simplicity that knows no calculations, what love for sinners!"

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