Facing the disastrous state in which the world lives today, sometimes, for so much grief and especially for so much suffering that does not represent spiritual advancement, the righteous also laments himself as the waiting seems endless. Sometimes, it is felt the anguish of living in chaos and fear before the circumstances that nobody longer controls despite beautiful speeches and good intentions… many of them apparent.
Crime finds its dominance in the indulgence of society.
Jesus said, “… In the world ye shall have tribulation…” (John 16:33), which we confirm by the usual injustices, the degrading social and economic differences, the abuse of power, the tragedies so frequently suffered and the planetary disasters that afflict so many beings. Everybody talks about this, however, things remain as they are or gets worse. Impotence embraces the hearts of many and it is claimed for the justice of God.
This exactly makes these days to be a time of challenges for the soul that struggles for its salvation, for opening a breach of light in this world darkened by Satan, in which many that were righteous fall entrapped. The challenge of maintaining on high the moral bulwark raised by Christ Jesus; the challenge of maintaining his doctrine among many intellectual confusions and false prophets who seek only to satisfy their own fruitive gratification (Mark 13:6); the daily challenge of living according to all that Christ won for us, “… but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). This means that, even in the middle of difficulties, we will overcome if we act keeping all the Christian standards; not acting on our own, but bowing our head in humility before God and obeying his Word. We know that one day the final will of God over the earth will be carried out, as now is being carried out. While that happens, the trust in Jesus Christ exalts our spirit and the challenge ignites our chests with enthusiastic ardor, because since there are a few Christians here on earth, Satan can not claim to have overcomed the world.
Speaking on language of these times, we Christians are like a big group of (spiritual) guerrillas, harassed in our bastions by the great and terrible army of Satan, in places where every Christian must fight for himself to keep his spiritual life and to not fall into the second death, so craved by the enemy of our soul.
The challenge is great, the reward, infinite.
And before this certain hope we are sustained by the joy of knowing and feeling that we are participating in the Great Work of the Lord and that we are being included in the final victory, if we persevere to the end. God needs us as He needed his apostles to go and preach the gospel to the world, God needs us to console our neighbor, let us bring help, let us assist the sick and the helpless. He needs us to show the world what his mercy does to the repentant soul, He needs us to show the world the miracle of our own conversion, He needs us so in this current sea of materialism we strive for Christian virtues. Everyone who is interested can participate in this great work, which is not exclusive of any man, but of God. And in this plan, all men of good will must work with their hands united to remove the obstacles that hinder the reality that Christians await and for which we have the perfect means to live in, that is the will of Jesus Christ, in this final hour of the history.
How not to follow with humility this call of the God of everyone? Throw away the religious jealousy, vanity, mystical conceit; stop believing that you are unique and specially chosen, and fight your own condition with restraint and realism, so your foundation is over rock and not over illusory sands.
Now is the time to take advantage daily and at every moment for our spirit, to exercise ourselves on the virtues so harassed today, but so present to the spirit that is willing to win the best rewards, “… for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5). To live in Christ is to live in the likeness of the life of God. No human being can achieve this sublime privilege only by the effort of himself or by human doctrines, but only through the truth, which is the Word of God, before which each one of us is responsible of the sufficiency of our efforts to improve ourselves to act better. Every Christian should manifest with his word and example, that he is not willing to concede ground of his soul, which is the battlefield, to his enemy; that it is not only possible to live in peace and joy, but also with expectant possibilities to grow spiritually in this moments in which the great humanity sinks, trapped in the dark void.
It is still possible and necessary to live according to God’s will, and not to turn the back on Him, because even in this hell-like world, we can find an oasis of happiness in the word of God and drink from those fresh waters of comfort and eternal life.
And is this found happiness that invites us to express to the world the most beautiful and exciting life of serving God the Father and his Beloved Son, our Lord and King. And thus, as the world is destroyed and death dominates, for many the real life starts, the future begins.
Could we be ungrateful?. If we thank the simple and common things that men give us, how not to thank, even with our lives, as martyrs, this gift of Jesus of giving his life so we could rise from the spiritual death that we were sinking into; many without even intuiting it?
How not to feel loved by the one who woke up our love at a price so high?
How then not to raise on high the banners of victory, love, forgiveness, justice, tolerance, and all the Christian virtues, how then not to live daily the joy of being in Jesus Christ and carry his flags, benignly, without harassment or compulsions, as far as to the darkest corners? (Colossians 3:12 “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering”). How not to rejoice by knowing that anywhere new devotees of God arise, unfolding their souls as petals of a sacred flower?
Jesus gave his life to save the world.
What are we doing? What are we going to do?