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Happy Feast of Light !

2 february 2016

"These rippling's of joy will light the lamps of joy around us throughout the world. For from here...let's grow the movement throughout the world where there will be no more handicapped and non handicapped, but just people who believe in love...people who believe that this world can become a garden of peace and of love."

When Simeon joined Mary and Joseph in the Temple of Jerusalem, he shared very different things from what Gabriel announced to Mary ! His message is very disconcerting ! Before telling Mary that her soul would be pierced by a sword (cf. Lk 2:35), he told her that her son would be a sign of contradiction (Lk 2: 34). This must not have been very nice to hear, but we know that Jesus has not always been well received, and that very often, attempts were made to throw stones at him ! We are also called to be signs of contradiction, but we try to avoid it, it's so much more pleasant to say and to announce that our community is welcomed in the parish, to stay in our comfort where we feel so well... Let us not forget that our mission is to change the world, one heart at a time perhaps, but to change the world! Here is what Jean Vanier was saying to the pilgrims of Lourdes in 1971: "These rippling's of joy will light the lamps of joy around us throughout the world. For from here...let's grow the movement throughout the world where there will be no more handicapped and non handicapped, but just people who believe in love...people who believe that this world can become a garden of peace and of love."

We are still far from it... and we will still be signs of contradiction when we say that people with intellectual disabilities are prophets, guides who lead us to God; they make us discover in themselves the face and the presence of Jesus. In order to announce this, we have to row upstream, go to the opposite of the conventional wisdom that tells us that the life of a person with a disability is not worth it, that they cannot access the table of the Eucharist ...

The Feast of Light is a special moment in the year when we remember our great mission, where we gather our strength in a great communion, to start over and preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. (2 Timothy 4: 2).

Let us refill our lamps with oil to continue sharing the light and not be afraid to be signs of contradiction. Happy Feast of Light to all !


Ghislain du Chéné
International coordinator



 

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