THE CHRISTIAN BEFORE GOD
It’s not always easy for us Christians to relate in a concrete and living way with the mystery of God confessed as Trinity. However, the religious crisis is inviting us more than ever to take care of a personal, healthy and thankful relationship with God as Trinity. Jesus, God’s mystery made flesh in the Prophet of Galilee, is the best jumping off point to revive a simple faith.
How to live before the Father?
Jesus teaches us two basic attitudes.
In the first place, complete trust. The Father is good. The Father loves us without end. Nothing is more important to the Father than our good. We can trust in the Father without fear, suspicion, calculations or strategies. To be alive is to trust in Love as the final mystery of all.
In the second place, an unconditional obedience. It’s good to live attentive to the will of that Father, since the Father only wants a more dignified life for all. There’s no way of living more healthy and certain. This is the secret motivation of one who lives in the face of the mystery of reality from faith in God as Father.
What is living with the Son of God incarnate?
In the first place, follow Jesus: get to know him, believe in him, tune into him, learn to live following his footsteps. Look at life as he did; treat people as he did; sow signs of goodness and creative freedom as he did. Live making life more human. Thus does God live when God is incarnate. For a Christian there’s no other way of living more passionately.
In the second place, work on God’s project that Jesus got going, following the Father’s will. We can’t remain passive. For those who mourn, God wants to see them laughing, for those who are hungry, God wants to see them eating. We must change things so that life is life for all. This project that Jesus calls «reign of God» is the framework, the orientation and the horizon that is proposed for us from God’s ultimate mystery in order to make life more human.
What is living animated by the Holy Spirit?
In the first place, live animated by love. Thus we follow Jesus’ whole trajectory. What’s essential is to live everything with love and from love. Nothing is more important. Love is the power that gives meaning, truth and hope to our existence. It’s love that saves us from so much stupidity, mistake and suffering.
Finally, whoever lives «anointed by God’s Spirit» feels themselves specially sent to announce the Good News to the poor. Their life has liberating power for the captives, gives light to the blind, is a gift for those who find themselves unfortunate.
José Antonio Pagola
Translator: Fr. Jay VonHandorf