Consider the Old Testament figure of the secularized world:
1) The Book of Daniel, 2:31: The stone strikes the image in the clay feet and it falls. The stone becomes “a great mountain and fills the whole earth”
You, O king, saw, and behold, a great image.
This image, which was mighty, and whose brightness was excellent,
stood before you; and its aspect was awesome.
As for this image,
its head was of fine gold,
its breast and its arms of silver,
its belly and its thighs of brass,
Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold,
broken in pieces together,
and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors;
and the wind carried them away,
so that no place was found for them:
and the stone that struck the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
The Stone is Christ Who must fill the world!
2) Acts 4:11: “This is The stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the corner stone. Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
Since Christ is the new temple, we are called to be living stones in that temple as Simon became Peter (stone) by entering into the prayer of Christ to the Father (Luke 9, 18: “As He prayed, His disciples were with Him”). It was when they had the experience of transcending themselves in prayer with Him, that He put the question as to Who He was. Simon became Peter in that prayer and had experienced Christ such as to be able to say: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Mt. 16, 16).
4) The Eschatology and the Epistemology: Christ lives, not in the past, not in the future, but now. A major point of The Way #584 reads:
“Stir up the fire of your faith! Christ is not a figure of the past. He is not a memory lost in history.
“He lives! ‘Iesus Christus heri et hodie: ipse et in saecula!’ As
In the recent “Domini Verbum,” Benedict writes: “The word finds expression not primarily in discourse, concepts or rules. Here we are set before the very person of Jesus, His unique and singular history is the definitive word which God speaks to humanity. We can see, then, why ‘being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice of a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event [my underline], a person, which gives life a new horizon and a definitive direction… We are speaking of an unprecedented and humanly inconceivable novelty: ‘the word became flesh and dwelt among us’ (Jn. 1, 14a). These words are no figure of speech; they point to a lived experience!
The Concrete Asceticism: Live the Grace of the Moment in the small things of work and family life: Say, "Yes!"
“My mother, if we all knew how to serve…, if each of your children in Opus Dei knew how to serve, how well the others would learn to serve. How much more refined we would be, and how much we would help the others to improve! Isn’t this the right moment, my son, for you to tell Mary in your mind and heart what I’m telling her? Tell her that we want to learn. For you and I teach by example, which is the right way to teach. May I bear witness to serving Christ in the world, by making him the king of all my life’s actions, t he ultimate and only reason for my existence. Then, once I’ve borne witness by my example, I’ll be able to instruct others, to provide the theory, just as Jesus did: he bean to do and teach (Acts 1, 1).