The Place Within
St. John Paul II
My place is in You, your place is in me. Yet it is the place of all
men. And I am not diminished by them in this place. I am more
alone—more than if there were no one else—I am alone with
myself. At the same time I am multiplied by them in the Cross
which stood on this place. This multiplying with now diminishment
remains a mystery: the Cross goes against the current. In it
numbers retreat before Man.
In you—how did the Cross come to be?
Now let us walk down the narrow steps as if down a tunnel
through a wall. Those who once walked down the slope stopped
at the place where now there is a slab. They anointed your body
and then laid it in a tomb. Through your body you had a place
on earth, the outward place of the body you exchanged for a
place within, saying: “Take, all of you, and eat of this.”
The tradition of that place within relates to all the outward
places on Earth to which I came on pilgrimage. You chose this
place centuries ago—the place in which You gave yourself and accept me.