Father Milko René Torres Ordóñez
On the paths of life we meet human beings of a very high moral stature and a mature and prophetic spiritual depth that spreads the purpose of a radical following of God’s message. The words of hope that they convey spring from the love that is born from daily contact with reality illuminated by faith.
The passion for reading the Bible updates the purity of a first love. Sacred Scripture once again becomes a clear light for those who seek a substantial renewal in their existence. A proper approach to the sacred text avoids the pernicious fundamentalism that rejects one truth: the inspired Word of God has been revealed in human language, written and inspired by flesh and blood authors who have limited capacities. A reading made with this archetype treats the biblical text as if it had been written word after word by the Spirit and denies the possibility of recognizing that the Word of God has been formulated in a human language that responds to specific realities of each cultural and historical context. . The fundamentalist reading falls into the blind well of the manipulation of the message. The meaning of the text of the last chapter of the prophet Isaiah shares the joy of the universal call to hope. From failure and desolation there is a narrow margin with joy and consolation. This shared and manifest joy is what Pope Francis asks of the Church of our time. The peoples of today fail and embrace codes of corruption that lead them to the abyss, to lose their identity. They pretend to live without God or law. The fundamentalism that I speak of is wrapped in nationalism, in religious terrorism, in a pagan religiosity, to cite a few examples. The counterpart, the content transmitted by the author of Hebrews, is tinged with the color of faith. He exhorts to live it among many difficulties, inconsistencies, persecutions, as in Nicaragua at this time. Saint Luke develops a series of concrete questions that cement a true Christian attitude. God’s ways are emblematic. His logic differs from ours. He wants us to put aside the murky apocalyptic legalism to live in the prophetic depth of Jesus. The spirituality that comes from the Gospel is, on the one hand, radical. On the other hand, it is open. The just and necessary for our time. The entire maelstrom, the fruit of a disembodied humanism, which has laid bare the shame of man, like that of Adam in Paradise, does not require resorting to demagoguery, doubt, or lies. The call to live holiness in evangelical universality is as simple and refreshing as the Master’s dialogue with the Samaritan woman. The puntillazo, so to speak, to this woman, in the Christology of Saint John, discovers her in the frustrated longing of the search for her personal fulfillment, her true identity: inner knowledge. Love and service to God and neighbor will be the emblem of her legitimate human freedom. Are Don, submerged in the sea salvation.