Avförtrollning

Påven tvättar aidssjukas fötter i påsk och i England ska biskoparna visst putsa skor på gatan. Skulle det kunna hända här? Om Wejryd eller Brunne åkte till Akademiska Sjukhuset eller SÖS och bad att få tvätta de sjukas fötter, vad skulle man säga om det?

Ja, hur skulle det kunna bli annat än ett jippo? Jag hade nog kritiserat det hårt. Ändå uppmanas vi till detta av Jesus själv. Fast han sa inget om att, som katolska och anglikanska kyrkan gjort, skicka ut pressmeddelanden först.

Hur ska en kyrka gestalta mysterium och evangelium utan att förefalla lite koko? Eller pretentiös. Det kan inte bara vara genom gudstjänsten, det måste vara mer än så. Om man vill leva evangelium så kan man väl inte hela tiden vara så rationell?

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About Sofia Lilly Jönsson

Musikvetare och kulturskribent i Stockholm, chefredaktör och ansvarig utgivare för Evangelium. Döptes en månad gammal, förstod varför trettio år senare.
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3 Responses to Avförtrollning

  1. Christoffer says:

    Det är svårt för påven att göra någonting överhuvudtaget som inte tilldrar sig mediernas uppmärksamhet och var han ska fira sin skärtorsdagsmässa och därmed tvätta fötter är det liksom inte aktuellt att media inte skulle täcka och vilja veta var den sker.

    Jag tänker på två saker som påven sagt, som relaterar till det du reflekterar över. Det ena kommer från den här reflektionen som påven höll inför kardinalerna när de skulle välja en ny påve:

    ”1. – Evangelizing pre-supposes a desire in the Church to come out of herself. The Church is called to come out of herself and to go to the peripheries, not only geographically, but also the existential peripheries: the mystery of sin, of pain, of injustice, of ignorance and indifference to religion, of intellectual currents, and of all misery.
    2. – When the Church does not come out of herself to evangelize, she becomes self-referential and then gets sick. (cf. The deformed woman of the Gospel). The evils that, over time, happen in ecclesial institutions have their root in self-referentiality and a kind of theological narcissism. In Revelation, Jesus says that he is at the door and knocks. Obviously, the text refers to his knocking from the outside in order to enter but I think about the times in which Jesus knocks from within so that we will let him come out. The self-referential Church keeps Jesus Christ within herself and does not let him out.
    3. – When the Church is self-referential, inadvertently, she believes she has her own light; she ceases to be the mysterium lunae and gives way to that very serious evil, spiritual worldliness (which according to De Lubac, is the worst evil that can befall the Church). It lives to give glory only to one another.
    Put simply, there are two images of the Church: Church which evangelizes and comes out of herself, the Dei Verbum religiose audiens et fidente proclamans; and the worldly Church, living within herself, of herself, for herself. This should shed light on the possible changes and reforms which must be done for the salvation of souls.
    4. – Thinking of the next Pope: He must be a man who, from the contemplation and adoration of Jesus Christ, helps the Church to go out to the existential peripheries, that helps her to be the fruitful mother, who gains life from “the sweet and comforting joy of evangelizing.”

    Det här är riktningen ut ur sig själv.

    Det andra är:

    ”if we do not profess Jesus Christ, things go wrong. We may become a charitable NGO, but not the Church, the Bride of the Lord.”

    Det är att vara ”rotad i sig själv”. Eller kanske snarare i Gud? Det är då man blir kyrka, antar jag. När man rotad i sig själv och i Gud möter andra.

  2. Sofia Lilly Jönsson says:

    Det är väldigt klokt, och inte bara vackra ord tror jag utan ganska konkreta handlingsplaner. Man kan se hur man ska göra här. Att evangelisera är att vara där kyrkan inte är: ”to go to the peripheries, not only geographically, but also the existential peripheries: the mystery of sin, of pain, of injustice, of ignorance and indifference to religion, of intellectual currents, and of all misery.”

    Men skulle då de svenska biskoparna kunna tvätta sjukas fötter på ett hedervärt sätt?

    Eller varför skulle de ha heder av det. Skulle det i stället vara danande på nåt sätt om de gjorde det? Alla förstår nu att jag inte bara talar om den faktiska handlingen att tvätta någon annans fötter utan att ödmjuka sig eller till och med förnedra sig och vara den andras tjänare. Jag är säker på att biskoparna upplever hela sin gärning som tjänande men det är inte en särskilt förnedrande position att vara biskop. Ville inte Jesus att lärjungarna skulle uppleva den där underkastelsen där man, egentligen som du säger, lämnar sig själv?

  3. Christoffer says:

    Intressant och väldigt bra fråga. Jag tycker påven iallafall försöker mildra den här prakten, det du syftar på tror jag han syftar på när han talar om ”andlig världslighet”.

    Här kommer ett längre citat igen. Det är ganska radikalt, särskilt för att komma från en påve. Avslutningen rör ”andlig världslighet”.

    BERGOGLIO: Their [the lay people] clericalization is a problem. The priests clericalize the laity and the laity beg us to be clericalized… It really is sinful abetment. And to think that baptism alone could suffice. I’m thinking of those Christian communities in Japan that remained without priests for more than two hundred years. When the missionaries returned they found them all baptized, all validly married for the Church and all their dead had had a Catholic funeral. The faith had remained intact through the gifts of grace that had gladdened the life of a laity who had received only baptism and had also lived their apostolic mission in virtue of baptism alone. One must not be afraid of depending only on His tenderness… Do you know the biblical episode of the prophet Jonah?

    I don’t remember it. Tell us.

    BERGOGLIO: Jonah had everything clear. He had clear ideas about God, very clear ideas about good and evil. On what God does and on what He wants, on who was faithful to the Covenant and who instead was outside the Covenant. He had the recipe for being a good prophet. God broke into his life like a torrent. He sent him to Nineveh. Nineveh was the symbol of all the separated, the lost, of all the peripheries of humanity. Of all those who are outside, forlorn. Jonah saw that the task set on him was only to tell all those people that the arms of God were still open, that the patience of God was there and waiting, to heal them with His forgiveness and nourish them with His tenderness. Only for that had God sent him. He sent him to Nineveh, but he instead ran off in the opposite direction, toward Tarsis.

    Cardinal Bergoglio among the faithful at the sanctuary of San Cayetano, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Running away from a difficult mission…
    BERGOGLIO: No. What he was fleeing was not so much Nineveh as the boundless love of God for those people. It was that that didn’t come into his plans. God had come once… “and I’ll see to the rest”: that’s what Jonah told himself. He wanted to do things his way, he wanted to steer it all. His stubbornness shut him in his own structures of evaluation, in his pre-ordained methods, in his righteous opinions. He had fenced his soul off with the barbed wire of those certainties that instead of giving freedom with God and opening horizons of greater service to others had finished by deafening his heart. How the isolated conscience hardens the heart! Jonah no longer knew that God leads His people with the heart of a Father.
    A great many of us can identify with Jonah.
    BERGOGLIO: Our certainties can become a wall, a jail that imprisons the Holy Spirit. Those who isolate their conscience from the path of the people of God don’t know the joy of the Holy Spirit that sustains hope. That is the risk run by the isolated conscience. Of those who from the closed world of their Tarsis complain about everything or, feeling their identity threatened, launch themselves into battles only in the end to be still more self-concerned and self-referential.
    What should one do?
    BERGOGLIO: Look at our people not for what it should be but for what it is and see what is necessary. Without preconceptions and recipes but with generous openness. For the wounds and the frailty God spoke. Allowing the Lord to speak… In a world that we can’t manage to interest with the words we say, only His presence that loves us, saves us, can be of interest. The apostolic fervor renews itself in order to testify to Him who has loved us from the beginning.

    For you, then, what is the worst thing that can happen in the Church?

    BERGOGLIO: It is what De Lubac calls «spiritual worldliness». It is the greatest danger for the Church, for us, who are in the Church. «It is worse», says De Lubac, «more disastrous than the infamous leprosy that disfigured the dearly beloved Bride at the time of the libertine popes». Spiritual worldliness is putting oneself at the center. It is what Jesus saw going on among the Pharisees: «… You who glorify yourselves. Who give glory to yourselves, the ones to the others».

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