Sauvé Report: “We must draw inspiration from the Jewish tradition of debate”



The enormous shock caused by the revelations of Ciase provokes many reactions from many saddened and scandalized Christians. And it is happy. We want a fundamental reform of the Church, a radical revision of its governance, a correction of the misdeeds of clericalism so denounced by Pope Francis, a consideration of the word of all. And all this on the basis of a return to the Gospel, to the message proclaimed by Jesus. Back to basics. I read this in a column of La Croix, from which I also very positively receive the proposals: “In the Old Testament, the word is made law, in the Gospels, it is made flesh”.

Back to basics: what to do with this “Old Testament”? In Jesus’ time, it was not an “Old Testament”, but a Word lived, present, understood, interpreted, alive. The first Christians, all Jews, were formed by this Word, and Jesus himself received it before fulfilling it in his person. The source for these first Christians is not an Old Testament composed of texts which are several centuries old and therefore unsuited to a present situation. On the contrary, it is a living Word, lived in the Jewish people, constantly interpreted.

The people are the true bearer of the message,

We have here a real mine of inspiration unfortunately ignored by many: it is about the living tradition, of which the Pharisees were the vector, and which was received by the whole of the people. And why this success of the Pharisees? Because they recognized that the people are the true bearers of the message, and that they can even receive truths that do not appear black and white in Scripture.

The most impressive example for Christians is that of faith in the resurrection from the dead. Nothing in the Scripture that then referred to (the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible) affirmed this truth. It was born from a slow maturation on the sense of God that has developed in the people, on the nature of his promises and the infinity of his power. Less than two centuries before the birth of Jesus, we find the first clear affirmations of faith in the resurrection of the dead. We will be able to find subsequently not evidence, but support in Scripture which will confirm the new faith.

This is exactly what Jesus does, in perfect agreement with the Pharisees, when he reproaches the Sadducees (this minority group and holder of power) for not knowing how to read what is implied in Scripture when God speaks to him. Moses saying: “I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob”. Jesus thought of his future and his own vocation on the basis of faith in the resurrection from death which was born in his people.

The need for mutual listening

The great master of Troy, Rashi, explained that in every Jew there is something of the Torah, of the Word of God. Jesus, whom we recognize as the Word of God, introduces us into this Jewish tradition that he takes upon himself, and he invites us to recognize each other as an expression of this word, hence the need to listen. mutual.

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But how can you listen to yourself when you are different and often at odds? “God has said one word, I have heard two, because the power belongs to God” (Ps 62.12) relates a psalmist. Infinite, transcendent God can say everything in a single word, which diffracts into a multitude of different meanings in the minds of those who listen; it is like a hammer which strikes the rock and causes showers of sparks relates the tradition. Profusion of meaning, of which each, perceiving only one aspect, authentic and unique, feels the need to receive what others bring, so that openness to transcendent and infinite speech obliges the one who receives it to open up. to the revelation brought to him by his brothers. No one is a lord!

The debate without the will to power

The Jewish tradition is a web of debates and disputes; there is no reason why it should not be the same for the Christian tradition. But on one condition: that this common search be made in the reception of an infinite Word of which each one knows that he receives only a small spark, which obliges him to welcome the revelation which comes from others. . From this pooling, the result of mutual listening, can spring unsuspected novelties. Unfortunately, the debates are too often marked by the will of the participants (officials included) to impose their own views. Rabbinical tradition gives an example, reported in the book of Numbers, ch. 16, of the culmination of power struggles, when they are disconnected from the obedient relationship to the infinite transcendence of the Word. It is about a band of Levites who refuse the authority of Moses: the protesters are swallowed up in the depths of the earth. Lesson from this parable: Power struggles lead to death.

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Today, we are partly aware of the consequences in our Church. But what about the disasters caused by the will to power in our world? As for us Christians, shocked by the report of Ciase and eager to work for the reform of our Church, it would be a shame if we did without the rich inspiration of this Jewish tradition in which our roots plunge.

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