We are members of the prophetic Church. While recognizing our own need for conversion, we bear witness to God’s holiness and justice. We announce the liberating presence of Jesus Christ and the new world born in his resurrection.
CC&RR, Constitution 9
Father Jetté invites us to reflect:
Announcing the liberating presence of Christ means to recall the ever present and actual role of Christ in man’s liberation and the establishment of a better world, one that is more just, more welcoming to the poor, the sick, the unfortunate. We have here a discreet reference to liberation theology which sees God at work today in our world in order to bring it integral liberation, that is, not only from death and sin, but, more immediately, from certain consequences of sin, as, for example, unjust social structures or the exploitation of the poor by the rich.
“The new world born in the resurrection [of Jesus Christ]” has a double meaning. First of all, this is the eschatological world which will come at the end of time, when the Kingdom of God will have been fully accomplished and our bodies will have been transformed, when there will no longer be any death, suffering or sin.
But there is also a world more according to the Gospel, one that is already possible here on earth, thanks to Christ’s action which continues in people’s hearts and through the ministry of the Church and which strives to establish more justice, trust and love among men and between the peoples of the earth. The Kingdom comes and grows when the Word of God is proclaimed to people; it is like a seed that is cast into the ground and is meant to grow (Matthew 13:3-23). Article 9 summons us to play our part in the coming of this new world that is more according to the Gospel. F. Jetté OMI, The Apostolic Man, Pages 101-102
“To expect heaven on earth is an illusion, but to tolerate the existence of hell on earth is not Christian. We are called to work with the poor and to help them make their world less like hell and a little more like heaven.” James Cooke OMI