52. A NEW WORLD. Be watchful

Be watchful

1. The catechesis A new world is an introduction  to the block of catechesis about the New Creation. In the original project, these included the “newest” (death, judgement, purification, hell, glory) under the key of renovation. Under the present revision, the “newest” are concentrated in one unique catechesis: The last day. In this manner, they are simplified coming back to the Gospel. The catechesis about the Sacraments are placed into the New creation.

2. The sacraments are signals of a new world. “To be baptized is not to take a bath; the Eucharistic is not to fill p the body. The one baptized wash himself already in a new world, and it is in a new world where the community eats” (NCA). Confirmation and penitence appear like baptism’s complementary catechesis. The confirmation is not a sacrament that should divide the Christians” (H, Bourgeois). This has an ecumenical dimension.

3.  The resulting catechesis of the New Creation are as follows:
    * A new world. Be watchful
    *  The future, with hope. From the faith’s experience
    *  A new temple. Renovation wind
    *  New birth From the water to the wind
    *  New bread. The Lord’s supper
    * A new priesthood. To do your will
    * The new wine  Do what he tell you
    *  Source of health. Let you heal the sick
    *  Resurrection now. That who believes will not  be judged
    *  A new heaven and a new land. New creation

4. God´s word lights up not only the past, but also the future. God is “the first and the last” (Is 44, 6). From the experience of faith we live the past like God´s gift and the future with hope. This is the fruit neither of a speculation nor of a philosophy. In the meeting with Christ the world and the man find their consistency and hope (Col 1, 17; Acts 4, 12)

5. The future does not arrive by itself, we have to prepare it with our hands. The proverb says it: To God praying and with the mallet striking. Hope in God does not eliminate the action of the believer for a more just and human world. The believer cannot use hope as an excuse to justify a lack of interest for his compromise in the common tasks of this world. The believer must verify his hope taking part seriously and actively in what humanity hopes. Love to God goes through love to the brethren (1 Jn 4, 20). Hope goes through those projects in which the believer jointly participates with the rest of men, accomplishing in this way the divine mandate to perfect the earth (Gn 2, 15; 1, 28).

6. So that, neither compromise without faith, nor faith without compromise: “The Christians who, under the pretext that we do not have here permanent city, since we look for the future one, consider that they can neglect the temporary tasks, without taking into account that faith itself is a reason that obliges them to the most perfect compliance of all of them according to the personal vocation of each one, are mistaken. But it is not less grave the mistake of those, that on the contrary, can dedicate themselves totally to the temporary business, as if these were completely alien to the religious life, thinking that this is merely reduced to acts of worship and the compliance of certain moral obligations. Divorce between the faith and the daily life of many people must be considered s one of the gravest mistakes of our epoch” (GS 43)

7. God´s kingdom is not an spectacular event with date and place. The Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God was to come. He answered, “The kingdom of God is not like something you can observe and say of it: ‘Look, here it is! There it is!’ See, the kingdom of God is among you.” (Lk 17, 20 – 21), “the kingdom of God does not come in power” (Mk 9, 1), it is the kingdom of the son of man who comes on the clouds (Mt 16, 27 – 28) and he judges the history (19, 28), after suffering many thins and be rejected by this people. (Lk 17, 25).

8. The disciples, simple people, allow themselves to be impressed by the constructions of the temple. Jesus takes them out of that superficial and deceitful plane, placing them before the catastrophe that is already developing at his surroundings. “There shall not rest stone over stone”. It is necessary to scrutinize the signals of the present time: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. As soon as their buds sprout, you know that summer is already near. 31 In the same way, as soon as you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.” (Lk 21,31)

9. In the middle of the horrors that in every epoch announce to the world its own end, resound the good news saying that, happen what may happen, God´s victory shall impose. The powerful forces that destroy the world and the men, war, hunger, deaths, earthquakes, believers´ persecution, shall be defeated by a superior force: God´s word, Jesus good news (Mt 24, 7-14; Rev 6, 1-2). They are “the first pains of childbirth” (Mt 24, 8).. A new world is being born; “The whole creation groans and suffers the pangs of birth.” (Rm 8, 22), It is necessary to be attentive, watchful. What is really new is already underway: “Look, I am doing a new thing: now it springs forth. Do you not see? (Is 42, 19), “look that I make a new world” (Rev 21, 7).

10. The old Christianity  collapses, but a new way of being Church is being born: community in the middle of the society. The Council, it is said, is a “milestone in the history of the Church that is to show the end of an epoch – that of the Church conceived like a perfect society, strongly institutionalized and centred in the hierarchy -, and the beginning of another one in which its condition of mystery of communion and of the people of God is to be discovered, that is still waiting the original way of institutionalization that fits with it” (J, Martín Velasco). Nevertheless, as it was said years ago, “the future of the Church is already present in it” (E. Yanes). Don’t you notice it?

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