Remembering

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From Elizabeth Johnson’s Quest for the Living God (writing here of Johann Baptist Metz’s understanding of the cross): “Crosses keep on being set up in the world; the cry of abandonment echoes down through the centuries. To be faithful, theology remembers the cross of Jesus in solidarity with all the dead and those who suffer now in our world. Given that the crucified one is risen, remembering entails burning hope for their future. Why is this dangerous? Breaking through our amnesia, remembering the victims has a double effect. First, by keeping alive their story against the inclination of tyrants to bury it, it robs the masters of their victory. History is written by the victors, who strut about as if the dead over whom they climbed did not count. But memory keeps the reality of their lives alive, in protest against their defeat and in commitment to their unfinished agenda. Second, by connecting their story with that of Jesus, memory awakens the realization that each one of them is precious, galvanizing hope that in God’s good time they too will be justified. What there is at present, the victory of those who murder and harm, is not the last word. And so is set up a social counterforce to apathy; we do not act as if we were defeated by evil.”

Roger

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