(Third Sunday of Easter)
Sunday, April 30, 2017.
The life of God in the world is not just a historical event; it is a real presence in all men. By his presence, God frees men from the limitations of time and space as well as from the structures of oppression and evil. Through his presence, God allows men to project themselves onto the future in the continuity of generations. Without such presence, men would succumb to the destructive forces of evil.
Through his presence in men, God reasserts himself as the author of history, filling it with his spirit so the actions of men, throughout history, become a true expression of their life in freedom and unity.
By virtue of God’s presence in us, those who hold worldly power are no longer the usurpers of history. They lose their power to distort history, they no longer can justify, as necessary events of history, the injustice they inflict upon their fellow human beings.
In the minds of many people, the life of God in the world is seen only as a sequence of historical events which occur in a given time and a given space, of “things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word . . . [who was] handed over to a sentence of death” (Luke 24:19-20). After the historical events, therefore, there is nothing left – “we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem [our people]” (Luke 24:21) – unless we recognized that God’s presence continues in us beyond the historical events
God is beyond history, beyond time and space, and beyond the forces of those who hold worldly power. By his presence in the world, God demonstrates that the forces of the world can no longer dictate the meaning and course of history.
By his presence in us, God allows us to take over our destiny in truth and in freedom. The life of God in history only has meaning when we see it as a presence leading us to his eternal presence, beyond time and space (Luke 24:27).
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)