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Jesus’ gestures and words
The depth of Jesus’s thoughts was not complicated. Upon acquiring depth, Plato’s ideas which were as clear, became obscure. The same was for Paul, Augustine and Dante. Jesus was always crystal clear. Whoever wished to understand got his point immediately. His vision was like an eagle’s view from the utmost heights, and allowed no shadow. Being in the world as its creator, he appreciated nature, loved it as his own property, and drew from it the most enchanting and precise examples and concepts, so much so that the idea descended from heaven but seemed to germinate from the earth, like the vines, sycamores, and waters of fountain sources. The city of God, supported by the mind of the Verb - the Logos - presents a vicissitude of fishermen, waters, hills, vineyards, herds, towers and villages, since he kept his eyes well focused on the house and the work of man, and profoundly knew the sacred majesty of it all. And the language was sober. All of his discourses were very brief. He traced scenarios and concepts in a few lines, and even to heal, his gestures were equally sober and moderate. He was a Master, who taught new things. He did not repeat the lessons of others.
Igino Giordani, Jesus of Nazareth, SEI, Turin, 1950, pp.394-395.
The gaze of Jesus
He attracted people with his gaze, and his eyes manifested his divinity and humanity: a divinity which aimed to save all, and humanity which shared the pain of each person, suffered with the dissolute, and rejoiced with the happy, offering himself to all, smiling with the humble like the clear skies of Galilee, or exploding in anger like the sudden storms of Judea. His eyes spoke, probed into the depths of souls, and issued sympathy or ire: most often sweetness and mercy. He bent down with empathy, searched one’s soul, and accompanied his words with eloquent glances, as when he changed Simon of Jonas’ name. And in the heart of Peter he sowed torment or remorse, just by staring at him on the night of the betrayal. As to the rich young man «Jesus, gazed on him gently, with love».
Igino Giordani, Jesus of Nazareth, cit., p.396.