Thursday, May 29, 2014

Not closing the horizon

by José Antonio Pagola (English translation by Rebel Girl)
Buenas Noticias: Blog de Jose Antonio Pagola
June 1, 2014

Matthew 28:16-20

Busy only with the immediate achievement of greater well-being and drawn by small aspirations and hopes, we risk impoverishing the horizon of our existence, losing the longing for eternity. Is it progress? Is it a mistake? There are two facts that are not difficult to prove in this new millennium in which we have lived for the last few years. On the one hand, expectation and desire for a better world are growing in human society. We aren't satisfied with just anything. We need to move towards a more decent, more humane and happier world.

On the other hand, disenchantment, skepticism and uncertainty about the future are growing. There's so much absurd suffering in the lives of individuals and peoples, so many poisonous conflicts, so much abuse of the planet, that it isn't easy to keep faith in human beings.

However, scientific and technological development is managing to solve many of the ills and suffering. In the future, undoubtedly, more spectacular successes yet will be achieved. We still can't guess the ability that lies in human beings to develop physical, mental, and social well-being.

But it wouldn't be honest to forget that this prodigious development will only "save" us from a few evils in a limited way. Now, just as we are enjoying more and more human progress, we are beginning to better perceive that human beings can't give themselves everything they yearn for and seek.

Who will save us from growing old, from inevitable death, or from the strange power of evil? We shouldn't be surprised that many are beginning to feel the need for something that isn't a technique, science, or ideological doctrine. Human beings refuse to live locked forever in this decrepit mortal state.

However, quite a few Christians today are looking exclusively at the earth. It seems we don't dare to lift our gaze beyond everyday immediacies. On this Christian feast of the Ascension of the Lord, I want to recall some words of that great scientist and mystic Teilhard de Chardin: "Christians, just twenty centuries after the Ascension, what have you done with Christian hope?".

Amid the questions and uncertainties, we followers of Jesus go on walking through life, laboring under confidence and conviction. When it seems that life is coming to a close or being extinguished, God remains. The ultimate mystery of reality is a mystery of Goodness and Love. God is an open door to life that no one can close.

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