Today’s gospel is a recollection of how the burial-clothes of Jesus were found in the tomb after his Resurrection. They are reminders of a painful death, his redeeming suffering. This makes us focus on what is real: Jesus’ suffering and the joy of his resurrected life. These clothes also recall the crib, the swaddling clothes of the baby Jesus. On Eastern icons, the two deliberately resemble: the crib points to the Cross.
This ‘frame’ is important. Whatever happens in our life, whatever exile we found ourselves in an overpowering cyber-reality, nevertheless, what is ‘real’, is more powerful than the compulsive hedonism with which this consumerist culture is devouring us.
This is a wonderful consolation: the Word of God makes us real! Capable of going against the stream and herald a real awakening!
These are verbal Icons, expressions of how the world is seen from Saint Augustine's..