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As Paul writes in his first epistle to the church in Corinth: But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. I do not even judge myself. I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.
Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart.
Then every man [sic] will receive his commendation from God. Records, Wallenfang 3 Paul insists on assigning the task of personal judgment to God alone rather than to any human tribunal or even to a probing self-appraisal.
It stands to reason and experience that a person is not able to share his or her personal story openly and without hindrance unless a spirit of love, acceptance and compassion prevails throughout the course of self-revelation. A self-affirming and non-judgmental space is a necessary condition for the possibility of vulnerable self-disclosure.
A third vital component is required to actualize peace, healing and empowerment in the wounded lives of young people: the Spirit of the living God as revealed in and through Jesus of Nazareth. For this Spirit, in Christ, has assumed a history — a life-narrative that is not confined to a dead letter but lives in the active and intentional memory of a people united in a common bond of faith.
In Jesus of Nazareth, the eternal God has become irreversibly enmeshed and embodied in creative history — a history commenced in the ex nihilo creative act of God creatio originalis , continued in evolutionary patterns of living existence creatio continua , and destined for an eternal rendezvous of re-creation creatio nova. Precisely in this indissoluble movement of redemption does God open the possibility of historical metamorphosis: history can be rewritten and redeemed.
The contours of the life-narrative of Jesus of Nazareth — contours marked by descent followed by ascent — bear the very potency of vital transformation.
When the form of the narrative of Jesus coincides with the personal narrative of a hurting young person, an enigmatic commingling occurs whereby a little leaven raises the whole batch of dough. The application of Metzian mystical-prophetic theology in the field of pastoral ministry bears great potential for developing more holistic practices for ministering to people who are found in the valley of the shadow of death.
Wallenfang 4 III. Any soteriological presentation which claims to hold demands upon the human conscience but remains detached from real, concrete, historical life is to be regarded as irrelevant and superfluous. Through its constant state of ambivalent tension, history is able to have both salvation and damnation open to it. William V. Metz, A Passion for God, 4, 14, Only if the constant ground of history is itself conceived historically does the nature of history fully appear.
If the meaning making principle of history were to remain outside of history, the tapestry of human history would remain unintelligible. It is Christ who is the archetype of perfected humanity — a humanity perfected through obedience to God and suffering.
History is the experience of reality in conflict and contradiction, whereas salvation is, theologically speaking, their reconciliation by the act of God in Jesus Christ. It is this affirmative response to goodness which is enunciated in the historical life of Christ. The life-narrative of Jesus of Nazareth is that testimony to the goodness of existence which is resolute to its tragic end — a resoluteness of such conviction that it speaks beyond the grave.
Locus of Suffering Metz derives the relevance of his soteriology from the theodicy question. Upon reflecting on life and its entire array of experiences and the meaning of those experiences, one must halt before those miserable experiences of pain, suffering and death — especially highly traumatic suffering involving intense levels of pain, shock and horror.
Such traumatic experiences constitute that part of life which all would rather avoid but nonetheless must inescapably undergo. Pain, suffering and death cause one to question the reality of God and the meaning of life. These experiences, in the depths of their depravity, derangement and obscenity, drain the human spirit of all that is good, leaving it languishing and desperate for any scent of hope. It is at this threshold between despair and hope where Metz looks to the Christian kerygma to speak a good word to a wounded and numb humanity.
It is here at this point of tension and desperation where Metz cries out: let there be a theology that is relevant for suffering humanity! It is here that Metz is able to appeal to a humanizing suffering unto God in solidarity with a suffering Savior.
While Metz links together the human existentials of sin, guilt and suffering in their coexistence as ontological counterparts, he does not reduce the experience of suffering to merely an effect of sin. We can achieve advances in technology, in civilization without this ability to suffer; but when we are concerned with truth and with freedom, without it we cannot progress, nor shall we come a single pace closer to the Son of Man.
Without such tragic remembering, the power of salvation in Christ remains fallow. Memory and Solidarity While future sufferings of humanity have not yet actualized, past sufferings have.
Metz finds it essential to actively remember and remain in solidarity with the past sufferings of humanity.
Anamnestic dialogue requires a bounded, temporal and historical sense of time that is evident throughout the whole of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures — a sense of time in and through which salvation history is actualized. This is true of cyclical time, as well as of time sheltered within a cosmos of preestablished harmony, of linear-teleological time.
And I think it is true of the completely mythical representations of time, which seem to be coming to the fore again. Finally, the happiness of the descendants cannot compensate for the suffering of the ancestors and social progress cannot make up for the injustice done to the dead.
If we accept for too long that death is meaningless and are indifferent towards the dead, we shall in the end only be able to offer trivial promises to the living. A genuine humanity is built on the conscious memory of the hope-laden suffering of ancestors.
Without such an active memoria passionis, present generations are unable to understand the redemptive meaning of suffering as well as endure their given lot of suffering.
Metz, A Passion for God, The latter is a practical solidarity of memory which looks from the standpoint of the conquered and the victims sacrificed in the world theatre of history.
It does not only expose the non-sense of history against the probing optimism of the victor It narrates the counter- meaning of redemption. Human memory serves to illuminate the true human self, created in imago Dei.
On that point, I was sympathetic, for I was disheartened by the extent to which I largely found Catholic celebration of Mass adapting its symbolic elements, seasonal cycles and biblical content either to the popular customs comforting their middle-class lifestyles or, conversely, to the social causes agitating them.
Experience and study to date had convinced me that the rites, by then completely reformed in the wake of the Second Vatican Council , should form us, not the other way around. Likeminded Catholics, however, were to my knowledge seemingly few, making me suspicious that something was amiss in Catholic and wider Christian culture. My first semester of doctoral coursework at Emory quickly confirmed my decision to study with faculty and students broader than my Catholic circle.
Two of my seminars entailed extensive reading of the formidable Karl Barth. His was a clarion call to the churches in the wake of the human devastation wrought across Christian Europe in World War I, against which liberal, transcendental-idealist Protestant theology had proven impotent.
In a further course with Lowe in my second year of studies, he again proved a solicitous guide for shaping a theological project in service to the malaise that I with many others perceived in U. To me, he assigned Johann Baptist Metz, a German Catholic priest-theologian whose methodology and argument had most comprehensively come together in his Faith in History and Society. These are too remote from the undeniably practical implications of the message and so tend to destroy its power.
The problem, however, is the level of abstraction.
Modern theology has failed to ask whether such a religious subject actually exists, that is, whether or to what extent actual people in modern society approach their personal and societal lives on the basis and priority of Christian concepts of reason, freedom and autonomy.
As a privatized affair, Christian religion functions as affirmation of values the middle-class subject attains elsewhere in society. In the public sphere, it is reduced to providing customs for holiday celebrations. Far from generating the sort of optimistic view of history and nature that characterized the 19th century, the present valorization of technical reason has produced deep measures of fatalism and apathy.
People find themselves part of an anonymous, inevitable, timeless technological and economic process. In its now near universality, the exchange mentality inherent to market capitalism integrally influences not only politics but also the foundations of spiritual life in a culture of the makeable, replaceable and consumable, eroding commitments, attitudes of gratuity, and capacities to sit with sorrow or feel profound joy.
The strains on personal and social relations overlap.