The Church will have to initiate everyone – priests, religious and laity – into this “art of accompaniment” which teaches us to remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other (cf. Ex 3:5). – Evangelii Gaudium – 169
Remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other? Am I the only one who finds this misappropriation of Scriptural imagery outrageous? What’s next, a reflection on WE ARE WHO ARE?
“Whatever you do for the least of these…” OK, I get it, we encounter the Lord in others, but taking liberties with Sacred Scripture in such way as to suggest that mere human interaction, even that interaction that is ordered toward the work of evangelization, is tantamount to a Theophany offends pious sensibilities.
Then I fell down at the Angel’s feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” (Rev 19:10)