We will centre our biblical reflections on this theme from 2 Corinthians 4-6, where the words of the Apostle Paul challenge us. The Apostle, in the name of his companions, speaks of the fragility of his ‘profession’ which is also his ministry, both in the face of opposition from those who are resistant to the message of the Gospel and in the face of adverse circumstances. He draws a parallel with the fragility of the human condition and, more generally, the fragility of the world in which we live. He places all this reflection in the wider context of the kingdom which advances nevertheless, notably through the preaching of the Gospel, and above all because God works in Christ, reconciling the world to himself.
Beyond fragility, therefore, a “New Normal” awaits us, or rather, a “Better Normal.” This passage teaches us to better grasp the fragility of current circumstances but also of our individual condition (physical and mental), and to observe the implications of the living hope that the redemption of the universe in Christ brings about. If Christ is working towards the emergence of a “Better Normal,” what does this mean for us who are part of it and are ambassadors of this reality on the march and of the King who initiates it?