“In you, O Lord, I take refuge, I will never be put to shame” (Ps 71:1). This is how the already seriously ill bishop, Klaus Hemmerle, began his last homily at the Dome Church of Aachen, Germany. It was late 1993.
“God, you hold me with your strength just as I am.
God, you hold the world just as it is.
God, you hold this neighbor with your strength just as he is.”
To be held up by this God who descended in the kenosis, who stripped himself of everything and took on the form of a slave – this is the only way that the door of hope can be reopened in us:
welcoming Him who first welcomed us, letting ourselves be carried by Him.
Believing that we are held up by Him:
This is the eye of the needle through which we receive the thread of hope that is slipped through it.
This God can truly give us hope.
This is where our Church with all its errors and weaknesses, with all its requests and its too large and too small challenges, can be something extraordinary: a community of people that believe in the fact that they have been welcomed and supported, a community of people that support one another, in which each one holds up the other.”
From “Klaus Hemmerle, innamorato della Parola di Dio” – Città Nuova Ed, 290-291.