“LET US CROSS OVER TO THE OTHER SIDE” (Mk 4,35)
Where should we go: “To the other side of the shore”. That means there are two shores, and that we are on one side where we find ourselves safe and peaceful. It is our “nest”. Now, however, we discover that there are other new shores. Somehow, the “other side” is visible to us, although we may have not yet stepped on it. But we begin to feel today that there is something more important than what we have here, and that it is necessary for us to make a move . . . and “go”.
The other side, then, is presented as a “difficult and complex external world”, before which there is no need to be afraid, but it is necessary to learn to listen, because that “external, difficult and complex world” is not a world where God is absent but a world in which God continues to speak to us. And the decisive question is, what is it that He wants to say to the Missionary Society.
For some time now, we have been hearing these words of Pope Francis: “go out”, “audacity”, “get dirty”… “I repeat here for the whole Church.” He in EG-49 says: “I prefer a Church that is broken, injured and gets dirty for having gone out into the street, than a Church that is sick because of the confinement and the comfort of holding on to its own security”.
All this must be lived from a deep trust that God is the one who has, in short, the reins of history, and it is He who has called us and continues to call us to immerse ourselves in the history without fearing to go to the “other shore”, which