Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Bringing in the truth

by José Antonio Pagola (English translation by Rebel Girl)
Buenas Noticias: Blog de Jose Antonio Pagola
November 19, 2012

John 18: 32-37

Jesus' trial probably took place in the palace where Pilate resided when he went to Jerusalem. There, on a morning in April year 30, a defenseless prisoner named Jesus and the representative of the powerful imperial system in Rome meet each other.

John's gospel tells of the conversation between the two. In fact, more than an interrogation, it seems like a speech by Jesus to clarify a few subjects that interest the evangelist a lot. At a certain point, Jesus makes this solemn proclamation: "For this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice."

This statement reflects a basic feature that defines Jesus' prophetic course: his will to live in God's truth. Jesus not only tells the truth, but seeks the truth and only the truth of a God who wants a more humane world for all her sons and daughters.

So Jesus speaks with authority, but without false authoritarianism. He speaks honestly, but without dogmatism. He doesn't speak like fanatics who try to impose their truth. Nor like the officials who defend it out of obligation but don't believe it. He never feels like a guardian of the truth but a witness to it.

Jesus doesn't convert God's truth into propaganda. He doesn't use it for his own advantage but in defense of the poor. He doesn't tolerate lying or covering up injustice. He can't bear manipulation. Thus Jesus becomes the "voice of those without a voice and a voice against those who have too much of a voice" (Jon Sobrino).

This voice is needed more than ever in a society that is caught in a grave economic crisis. Hiding the truth is one of the firmest presuppositions of the actions of the great financial powers and the policy management that is subject to their requirements. They want us to live out the crisis in lies.

Everything possible is done to conceal the responsibility of the main causers of the crisis and the suffering of the weakest and most defenseless victims is perversely ignored. It's urgent to humanize the crisis, putting the spotlight on the truth of those who are suffering and giving priority attention to their ever worsening situation.

It's the first truth required of all of us if we don't want to be inhumane. The first fact before all else. We cannot become accustomed to the social exclusion and hopelessness into which the weakest are falling. Those of us who follow Jesus must listen to his voice and go instinctively to defend and help them. Whoever is of the truth listens to his voice.

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