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Thursday, 04 August 2011 03:41

The mystery of the living God

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The words of theologian Elizabeth Johnson csj in an address to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) Assembly in 2008 are worth pondering as we enter Holy Week and Easter.

"Jesus did not come to die, but to live, and to help others live in divine joy...his suffering freely borne in love, in fidelity to his ministry, and to his Abba, is precisely the way the gracious God has chosen to enter into solidarity with all those who suffer and are lost in this violent world, and thereby opening up the promise of new life.

"And promise there is. Such darkness in the Christian story puts into high relief the power of the resurrection, restoring it to the pivotal role it had in early Christian preaching. God raised him up. Herein lies the saving power of this paschal event: death does not have the last word.

"... such belief impels Christians to enter the list of those who struggle against injustice for the well-being of those who suffer, including all the crucified peoples cast off as if their lives had no meaning for this is where God the Christ is to be found, trying to bring about joy in the beloved creation here, and even now."

Elizabeth herself has suffered recently through criticism of her work Quest for the Living God.  Although denied the justice of being included in the conversation that led to the criticism she could still write:

"Committed to the faith of the church, I take this statement as an occasion to ponder yet further the mystery of the living God who is ineffable"

May that mystery of the living God who is ineffable keep luring us and all people into the joy of resurrection.

On behalf of the CRA Council I wish all our members a happy Easter. We look forward to seeing you in Brisbane in June for our annual Assembly.

Anne Derwin RSJ
CRA President