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283 - The struggle of Jacob

09-Jul-2019 - Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Parola di Dio            
In the course of that night, however, Jacob arose, took his two wives, with the two maidservants and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. After he had taken them across the stream and had brought over all his possessions, Jacob was left there alone. Then some man wrestled with him until the break of dawn. When the man saw that he could not prevail over him, he struck Jacob's hip at its socket, so that the hip socket was wrenched as they wrestled. The man then said, "Let me go, for it is daybreak." But Jacob said, "I will not let you go until you bless me." "What is your name?" the man asked. He answered, "Jacob." Then the man said, "You shall no longer be spoken of as Jacob, but as Israel, because you have contended with divine and human beings and have prevailed." Jacob then asked him, "Do tell me your name, please." He answered, "Why should you want to know my name?" With that, he bade him farewell. Jacob named the place Peniel, "Because I have seen God face to face," he said, "yet my life has been spared." At sunrise, as he left Penuel, Jacob limped along because of his hip. Gn 32,23-32
The today's gospel speaks of the topic of the forgiveness, on which we already had occasion to meditate. Let’s ponder, then, on the mysterious Jacob's struggle with the Lord, the which we mentioned last night during our dinner. To all those who follow the Lord's call, it happens to arrive, at a certain point in the life, to the river Jabbok, a small tributary of the Jordan, perhaps not even marked on the map of the region. For the all of us, however, it is a major river, because on his bank the decisive battle with the Lord is fought. As it has happened to Jacob, at some point in the spiritual journey, we arrive to this river, carrying with us everything we have -affections, riches and things - but these are not really involved in the fight with the Lord. The battle begins when we have left everything on the other bank, because it is in that moment of solitude that he shows before us and we must fight with him to go beyond. It is a decisive struggle for the mutual recognition: the Lord wants to be recognized as the only Lord, more important of all those things we have left on the other bank of the river, and we want to be recognized in our uniqueness. In the end, it has to be clear that he is the Lord, but we are us, and I am me, the only one in his eyes and unique in the salvation history. Being this mutual recognition done, the Lord blesses us as he blessed Jacob and we can continue the journey with our family and all that we have. But, like Jacob, we will bring the signs of that struggle all along our whole life, we will never be the same. What we have is not brought away - at least not always - but it takes a different value and purpose. Like Jacob, at the beginning of our battle with the Lord we are almost always in the night of the faith, but in the end, when we will resume the journey as new people, the sun will rise.


Anna Maria Rossi e Pierluigi Castaldi
via Gaudenzio Ferrari, 29 - 21047 Saronno (VA) ITALY