Pope Francis and the Double Gesture


[ 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.

above:, Francis at the Wailing Wall; below: Francis at the Wall of Separation above:, Francis at the sacred Judaic “Wailing Wall”, upholding the Temple Mount, Jerusalem; below: Francis at the secular Israeli “Wall of Separation” between Israeli and Palestinian administrations

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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Author: Raymond Maxwell

https://raymmaxx.wordpress.com/ Librarian, archivist, retired foreign service officer and Navy veteran.

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