[JMJ 97 - Le Cyberjournal]

Excerpts of Cardinal Lustiger's Homily


Misa en los Champ de Mars IN the Gospel, the disciples always ask the right questions, even when they appear to be simple or stupid.
No sooner does Jesus announce his coming Passion than out comes the question: "Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?"
Who is the greatest! Why not ask who's the richest, the strongest and most powerful, the most beautiful and the most intelligent?
Competition. Winning. The hard rules of money and sports. Those rules pervade our minds. What is Jesus's answer? He calls a tiny kid who happens to be hanging around, places him in the midst of the disciples and says, "To enter the Kingdom of Heaven, you have to become again like this child."

(...) It's in becoming weak that we become strong. It's in discovering the craziness of love that we become intelligent.

(...) This small child, Saint Theresa of the Infant Jesus, she too had great ambitions. (...) You too sometimes dream about everything your life could be. How will you succeed? You know that there are winners, but there are also losers. So maybe you prefer limiting your ambitions so as not to lose too much. You resign yourselves early to a small piece of happiness, a small success.
But no. Don't resign yourselves to that! Don't opt for mediocrity! God wants a greater happiness for you! In the name of Christ, I call you to higher ambitions! The ambition of love, of love without limits, the only ambition that doesn't disappint, the only one worthy of your deepest desire.
So what is your deepest desire? That is the question, the real question.

(...) Our friend, the little Theresa, had the stunning intuition of what she had to desire in order to really succeed her life. She saw that she had to ask for Love, even at great personal cost. Love: that is, to learn how to love, to continue loving, to love always even more. But whom should we love? How?
To love is to give, and to give oneself. It is not destroying oneself. On the contrary, it's fulfilling oneself. To love is not to always think of oneself or look for oneself. It's wanting the good and happiness of someone else, whoever it may be. That other person that we recognize to be our neighbor, even if he is our enemy.

(...) That love is the greatest ambition possible. It changes our life. It's the ambition that God offers each of us, the ambition of a love without limits.

(...)"Come and see." Come, follow me. And you will discover the love with which I love you, since the Father has given you to me.

    Come and see.
    You'll see that this love is your life.
    You too will learn to love, and you'll live.