(Fifth Sunday of Lent)
Sunday, March 18, 2018.
To see God means to see who he is, what he stands for, and how we relate to him. To those who want to see God, he allows them to see everything about him (John 12: 20-33). Since we are the image and likeness of God, whenever we see God, we see us in him; a God who is a creator and redeemer, a God who shares with us his glory, which consists of the triumph of life over death: “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified” (John 12:23).
Anyone who wants to see God is invited to join him in the struggle between death and life, and the ultimate victory of the latter.
To see God means to become a “grain of wheat [which] falls to the ground and dies” so it may “produce much fruit” (John 12:24).
To see God means to be willing to commit oneself to the radical transformation God stands for, to be willing to restore man’s human dignity in such a way that everybody may live in unity and equality, leaving behind the individual and social evils that are so prevalent in and glorified by our world.
When someone is willing to make this commitment, he will necessarily be confronted with a great deal of difficulties in this world, that is, “whoever loves his life [the life the world offers] loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life” (John 12:25). Because a world that rewards those who destroy or take advantage of their brothers, has nothing worth being continued into eternal life.
When someone promotes the exploitation of other human beings, he may live well in this world, but will have no eternal life for himself, because exploitation is a temporary evil of this world; in other words, he will lose eternal life.
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).