[ by Charles Cameron — noting the fluency in symbolism that marks the current Pontificate ]
It’s no mistake that Pope Francis made the same gesture at two walls during his visit to Bethlehem and Jerusalem yesterday.
As a priest, he’s trained in the symbolic, sacramental tradition of Catholicism — in which the ritual gestures of the priest bring together the past (at the Last Supper), the present (in each particular celebration of Mass) and the future / eternity (to the Marriage Feast of the Lamb) in the name of the one who said, bringing time and eternity together, “Before Abraham was, I am”.
From Benedict XVI, Sacramentum Caritatis:
every eucharistic celebration sacramentally accomplishes the eschatological gathering of the People of…
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