Christ is the Center by Pope John Paul II
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Year, which we are celebrating underlines in a special way the fact that
Christ is the center and the meaning of all that happens. He
is the center even when, humanly speaking, events seem to elude the rule
of his providence. Christ himself has promised: “I am with you
always, to the close of the age” (Mt 28: 20). Knowing this, we are
encouraged to act always with great confidence, because it is Christ who
is at work in us, and because we recognize that in him God is bringing to
completion his eternal plan of salvation (cf. Eph 3: 11).
The “fact” of the redemption opens before us in our daily tasks a horizon full of prospects; even in the contradictions that we often experience at the present time, we know we are constantly advancing towards a sure goal. True progress strives for Christ. True progress strives for that full union with him, holiness, which is also human perfection. St Paul makes this clear in his Letter to the Ephesians, in which he writes that the Lord has established everything “for building up the Body of Christ, until we all attain ... to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Eph 4: 12-13). This is the way believers read and interpret history: it is the history of Christ and we live with him and, immersed in him, advance towards him.
Blessed Josemaría Escrivá observed: “In the religious order, man
continues to be man and God continues to be God. In this field the high
point of progress has already been reached: it is Christ, the alpha
and the omega, the beginning and the end” (Christ Is Passing By, 104).
Condensed from L’Osservatore Romano, 3 May 2000, at www.vatican.va