theme is “Here is the man” (Ecce Homo), which hearkens back to the
exclamation of Pontius Pilate, presenting Jesus to the crowd. This
week, the Archbishop will explore the question “How can we live our
humanity more deeply, truly and in its full dignity?”
The first conference was presented last week by physician Axel Kahn, along with
founder of the Community l’Arche, which is dedicated to assisting
handicapped people. They both reflected on the great human experience
This week, the reflection explored the question of “becoming” and the constant realization of man throughout his whole life.
reflection proposed today, we can measure better that human becoming is
not just a simple chronology from which humanity is striving to escape
in avoiding the question of death, " said Archbishop Vingt-Trois.
"With the death
and resurrection of Christ, it’s the proper sense of history that falls
into death and becomes a source of life, it is the origin of a new
filiation that goes beyond the transmission of flesh and blood."
to the previous Sunday’s Gospel on Jesus’ Transfiguration, he said that
“The transfiguring illumination on the mountain is also a reading of
human life, it manifests what is invisible to our eyes: the everlasting
presence of God compared to the historical swiftness of our humanity.”
In the light of
this transformation, he said, it is not only the person of Jesus who is
transfigured but the whole of human history.
The Cathedral announced that next week’s theme will be on the question of human suffering.
week, Archbishop Vingt-Trois of Paris, began the traditional cycle of
Lenten teachings which are given each Sunday at the Cathedral of Notre
Dame, a tradition which goes back to 1835.