The Beginning of the homily
José María Pemán seeks to creatively imitate him in his poem “Homage to Ramon Llull” (1950), which we will follow in this sermon on the occasion of the Mass of Perpetual Vows of the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara, here in the USA. On one hand, Pemán emphasizes in “Meeting in Majorca” the qualities of Lull as “the most captivating giant”, and as “mad, mystic, rational.”On the other hand, Pemán praises his implacable logic and his openness to all branches of knowledge, “he was the man of the total assimilations of all things in the unity of Truth.” He also argues that Llull understood “all the unity of the world, later to leave it, to touch it and embrace it,” like the saints in Heaven. (OS, I, pp. 150-151). In addition, he utilizes the Spansih mystics who came after Llull as sources. “Homage to Ramón Llull” respects Llull’s epigrammatic planning, but limits himself to 57 propositions of which we will see only a few. Like Llull, Pemán introduces the Friend and the Beloved (both words capitalized by Pemán) as the protagonists of this dialogue of love. The Friend is each baptized person—particularly each person consecrated with vows because of their special consecration—who should seek union with the Beloved, who is Jesus Christ.