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Cross over limitation's frontiers

Are the omnipotence and love of God compatible with human pain and the anguish of failure? It was said: “Only he who complains to God really takes God seriously”.

If we remember the figure of Job, we reach the conclusion that arguing with God, requiring an accounting from God, and getting irritated with him ... is a biblical tradition going back to the days of Moses. “Do not condemn me; let me know what you have against me” (Job 10:2ff). One can be a believer in favor of God, also against God, but never without God.

God does not want his creatures to suffer. God did not wish the failure of his Son, nor surrendered him to death. Logical with himself and faithful to the laws of creation, God allowed, permitted, that these same laws function normally. God did not interfere by interrupting the normal march of history.

Before God, each person has more valor than what the person has before her or himself. This love of God is contained within a history of love. It was the history of compassion and of solidarity that Jesus showed to those in need of love: the insignificant, the forgotten, the abandoned, those whom nobody cared to look at, those whom nobody loved because they were not lovable and were not lovable because they were not loved. To them all Jesus showed predilection. Conclusion? God is preferentially with those who are failures.

It is all about drawing courage from the depths of faith, a faith in God who is both creator and bringer to perfection (completeness). Faith is, therefore, the courage to “be.” According to this faith, we are on the road towards the kingdom where the exterminating angel does not exist and, therefore, neither does anguish. However, while still on our way, we need to live and deal with anguish and failure.

However, this does not mean that we should surrender beforehand to the inevitability of failure. On the contrary, we are obliged to draw energy from the world of faith in order to extend limited frontiers, and attempt to prevent failure. If, in any case, something is already an accomplished fact, we do not allow ourselves to be crushed under its weight, but in faith and in hope, draw lessons of wisdom through a good dose of self-criticism and... let us begin anew.

Extracted from the book “The Forces of Decadence”, by Fr. Ignacio Larrañaga