Among Us—part one

by Daniel Murphy on May 5, 2007

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And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.—John 1:14

Among Us

The family:  love in the heart of the world

We live in a strange and difficult time. We have all kinds of technological and political possibilities for communicating, understanding one another, building a more just world. Yet, we are plagued by the perennial disease of human weakness and sin. Any daily newspaper will bear witness to this harsh reality.

Into a world like ours, Jesus came. He found lights and shadows — promising philosophy, sound governmental system, people waiting for the truth, as well as rampant violation of human rights, ascent of godlessness in the sound governmental system, many poised for political action-including murder-to achieve their ends. Lights and shadows, then and now.

Our time requires the truth and love that Jesus brought, ultimately through his death and resurrection, loving us to the end, sending His Spirit to lead us into all truth.

Given our widespread individualism, consumerism, commercialism, and moral relativism, we will need a strong, consistent, and compelling antidote to our ills. There will be, can be, no silver bullet. The issues are too complex; the solution will need to be comparably multifaceted.

Christian humanists, personalists

It may be that people of deep and informed Christian faith and humanity, committed to live among the often troubled men and women of our time, will be a critical element of what’s needed. “Christian humanists or personalists,” who  are imbued with Christ’s life and love, will be capable of connecting with the legitimate interests of people of our time. Through relationship, these modern-day evangelists will impart more than themselves-Christ and the Trinitarian Communion of Love and Life. The mode will be more loving influence than intellectual persuasion-what John Paul II once called “lived sermons.”

They will mediate God through honest, sincere, loving relationships. They will see the good, the positive in people and in their culture; they will affirm and encourage this good.  They will witness to the Holy Trinity’s internal love through their love for each other.

This path will not be an easy one. Living among others in our world of myriad distortions of the true, the good, and the beautiful will demand an interior poise—firm faith, active charity, in order to give witness to hope for those thirsting for it.

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