“No one puts a patch from a new garment on an old garment; else not only does he tear the new one, but the patch from the new garment does not match the old. And no one pours new wine into old wine-skins; else the new wine will burst the skins, and will be spilt , and the skins ruined. But new wine must be put into fresh skins,and both are saved. And no man after drinking old wine immediately desires new; for he says, ‘the old is better.'” (Lk. 5, 36-39)
What does this mean? I believe it means that there’s going to be a great transition not only in ideas, but in attitudes – and this because there’s going to be a great development in being. I mean the great shift in reality that took place not in the Incarnation 2000 years ago where the Creator became “part” of His Creation, but also, now, the experience of this development. I mean the difference between saying and knowing that God became Man 2000 years ago, and the actual experience of the God-man passing by Who says: “Feel Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have” (Llk. 24, 40). As incredible as this virus has shut down the entire social and economic reality of the world [Let ‘s insist on that: “world”] by representing the alternative, life or death, so also the transition to a new kind of living, a living for others has been waiting in the wings for the signal. And this is the signal, the Xaipos (the significant moment) has arrived. The One who rose from the dead 10 days ago has the name Yahweh as His Father’s name is Yahweh “I and the Father are one.” Recall, (1) John 8, 24: “If you do not believe that I am he, you will die in your sins.” Note: the English “I am He” is the translation for “Ego eimi” – I AM – in the Greek, which is the translation for the name God gave to Moses when he asked for it: Yahweh in Hebrew. Recall also that Christ affirms “I and the Father are one” (Jn 10, 30).; (2) John 8, 28: “When you have lift ed up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he…” that is, again, Ego Eimi – I AM – Yahweh; (3) John, 8, 58: “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I am.” Again, “Ego eimi” as the Greek translation of Yahweh. It is the stark ontological reality of “To Be” – not to be Him. And the meaning of “to be” here cannot be taken from creation but from the identity with the Creator Father Whom Jesus reveals to be a triple relation: Father, Son, Spirit as mutually implicated since Father is not Father and then engenders the Son but His “to be” is the action of engendering the Son.
The point now is to grasp that it is revealed in Genesis 1, 26 that we have been created in the image and likeness of these relations of Father, Son, and Spirit such that our ontological consistency and architecture images theirs. And so the meanings of the words in the Gospels change in that the word “life” now as used by Christ, is not biological life, but divine “life,” and for that reason the evangelists use different words. In the gospels, particularly St. John, the word “life” in the mouth of Jesus Christ as in “life” as “Way, and Truth, and life” or “I am the bread of Life,” or “he who believes in me will have eternal life” is another Greek word [“Zoe”] as in Zoology. But it is not the same Greek (or Aramaic) word as used in biology (the Greek being “Psyche” or “Bios”).
What this means is that the resurrected Flesh of Jesus Christ is the Flesh of God dynamized as the Son of the Father and therefore able to be re-cognized only by a relational being like ourselves provided that we have activated ourselves to be relational by being out of ourselves. Hence, Mary at the tomb has to be in dialogue with Him (“Mary” – “Rabboni”), or the disciples on the road to Emmaus (“Stay with us, Lord”) or “It’s the Lord” coming from years of John’s association and affection). The first to recognize Him resurrected will be Our Lady (John Paul II) who gave Him the DNA that has become her Son.
But all this is to suggest that perhaps we now may be on the cusp of experiencing what John Paul II had presaged early on in his pontificate like the beginning of “Redemptor Hominis” of March 4, 1979: “The Redeemer of man, Jesus Christ, is the center of the universe and of history…. Through the Incarnation God gave human life the dimension that He intended man to have from his first beginning: he has granted that dimension definitvely…”
The prevailing thought in my mind as to now is that the field is being cleared and worked to ease the growth of seeds that have been already planted, but they need air, space and rested soil. Maranatha!!