Budapest, 16 September 2006
From a talk prepared by Chiara Lubich for the Volunteerfest 2006
What hope for today’s world, with so many apparently insurmountable challenges? Jesus continues his “incarnation” in history; in every age He continues His constructive work through men and women who commit themselves to be like Him, to be another Jesus in every cultural and social environment.
(...) Sometimes it’s thought the Gospel can only bring about the Kingdom of God in a strictly religious sense and cannot actually solve human problems. But this is not the case.
It is not, of course, the historical Jesus or Jesus as Head of the Mystical Body who solves these problems. This is done by Jesus-in-us, Jesus-in-me, Jesus-in-you. It is Jesus in a person, in an individual person – when His grace lives in him or her – who builds a bridge, who opens up a way forward.
Jesus is the true, most profound personality within each person. Every human being (every Christian) is, in fact, more a child of God (another Jesus) than a child of his or her own father.
Every person gives his or her particular contribution in their own field as another Christ, as a member of His Mystical Body, whether it is in science, the arts, politics, communications, or other areas. And each one will be all the more effective if they work together with others united in the name of Christ.
This is the continuation of the Incarnation, the complete incarnation which involves every “Jesus” of the Mystical Body of Christ.