I finished reading a short and inspiring reflection on Ignatius Loyola’s meditation on the two standards (Spiritual Exercises 136-148) by the Bolivian Jesuit Victor Codina (*). He shows how this ignatian meditation intends deeper ways of spiritual discernment and how it addresses two different logics and approaches to our commitments in the world. The kenotic way of Jesus is unveiled in Luke’s narrative about Jesus’ temptations in the desert, after his baptism by John the Baptist and the revelation of the Trinity. Following Jesus in his kenotic life style and approach, in his friendship with the poor, is listening and following the Holy Spirit’s guidance in our lives. Codina’s hermeneutics and analyses are thought provoking. E.g., he emphasizes Jesus as the Galilean (“Galilea, región despreciada”): “La Bandera de Jesús es el estilo particular de Jesús de Nazaret, un estílo galileo, nazareno”, a theme that is also addressed by Virgilio Elizondo in his emphasis on the Galilean Jesus, as well as by Elías López in his work on forgiveness and reconciliation. These theologians are not mentioned by V. Codina, who refers chiefly to Aloysius Pieris, Ignacio Ellacuría, and Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI). For those interested in the reflection on ignatian spirituality, V. Codina offers interesting material for reflection on the importance of the Trinity and especially of the Spirit (not very often mentioned explicitly in the Spiritual Exercises), as well as the connection of the work of the Spirit with the ignatian “magis” in its dynamism towards the “minus” that is also visible in the gospel beatitudes. For those who know Spanish, I recommend V. Codina’s reflection on the two standards.
* Victor Codina’s full text “Dos banderas” como lugar teológico has been published by Cristianisme e Justicia (Barcelona) in its Eides series (July 2009) and will, I suppose, be very soon available on the Eides webpage.