It is consoling to see how the profound desire of Ignatius and the first companions to call the Society by the name of Jesus matches the awareness of being and feeling ourselves to be collaborators in the redemptive mission that the Lord wished to continue through his Church. Ignatius and the companions did not want to occupy a notable place but humbly to put themselves entirely at the service of the Church. That is why they insisted on calling themselves the mínima Compañía devoted completely to collaboration in the reconciliation of all things in Christ.
The other two readings remind us and confirm for us the mission with which we have chosen to collaborate with all we are and have. An open mission, as Peter experiences it. Directed to all human beings without distinction because God looks with benevolence on anyone disposed to be reconciled with Him, with brothers and sisters, and with creation.
We have heard many times the cry of the prophet Isaiah… it always encourages the efforts that we make to collaborate in consoling the people of God, coming closer to the poor, to the original peoples, to refugees, to persons who suffer discrimination because of gender, race, religion or way of thought… It encourages us to collaborate in preparing the way of the Lord, so that it reaches also our secular societies and especially young people and those who have never had the opportunity to hear the Good News of their liberation.
With hearts grateful for the experience lived together this week and in recent months in our communities, regions, and provinces, let us ask the Lord that we not rest in our effort to climb to the top of the mountain and cry out at the top of our voice the message of reconciliation, mercy, and hope that we carry.
May Our Lady of the Way, Pedro Arrupe and so many other companions who have gone before us in following the Lord lead us to him and prepare us to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire.