I want to look away, unable to fathom the amount of death in our world. Lives that will not be given back, no matter how hard we believe. What can this Easter mean in the midst of so much grieving?
As we view the Resurrection from this moment, we do well to move beyond empty tombs and turn our eyes to how Jesus lived. This is what God’s act of exploding reality wants us to see. God enters history to say “this young Jesus lived as I want you to live. This one who shares your flesh and your doubts, who knows fear and exhaustion, who could have given up on all this, but didn’t, this one, your brother, lived as I dream you will too.” His friends understood this and the history of the world changed because they did.The Resurrection of Jesus is beyond us, but his life is not. God’s cosmos-shaking eruption of love against the finality of death is about all that had gone before. Jesus’ new life orients us to living as a gift to be used in building up goodness, searching out truth, and spreading abundant beauty. Jesus spent his short life committed to this dream.
God’s dream, painting the galaxies while mourning the death of a sparrow. God’s vision engendering all, longing for all, calling us through this one life. The Resurrection is not the end of a story, the Resurrection is the validation of a life. Jesus the healer is resurrected. Jesus the peacemaker is resurrected. Jesus who overturned the tables in righteous anger is resurrected. Jesus who stood in solidarity with the least even when his life was threatened is resurrected!
Life: short, precarious, real, needs us to make every day count as together we build God’s dream. Today we rise in power knowing God is for us.
- How can you orient yourself in the Easter season to “living as a gift to be used in building up goodness, searching out truth, and spreading abundant beauty?”
Dr. Cecilia González-Andrieu holds both a bachelor’s degree in film/televison and Spanish and a master’s degree in theology from Loyola Marymount University. She earned her doctorate degree in Art & Religion and Systematic Theology at the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley. Her work bridges theology and the arts, the relationship between justice and beauty, Latino/a theology, immigration, and educational justice. She is currently a professor of theological studies in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts at her alma mater, Loyola Marymount University, and is a contributing writer for America Magazine. An internationally recognized theologian, she describes her theological work as intentionally provocative, political, and public. Among her many publications are Bridge to Wonder: Art as a Gospel of Beauty, and the co-edited volume Teaching Global Theologies: Power and Praxis. She has contributed chapters toGo Into the Streets: The Welcoming Church of Pope Francis and the forthcoming: Miradas a todo color: Teologías feministas contextuales iberoa-americanas. She is a collaborator and supporter of the work of the Ignatian Solidarity Network and serves on its Board of Directors.
La doctora Cecilia González-Andrieu es profesora de teología en Loyola Marymount University, donde también se dedica a servir a la comunidad Latina de muchas formas, especialmente los asuntos de estudiantes indocumentados e inmigrantes y la defensa de los derechos de los trabajadores. Es también reconocida ensayista para la revista America (un ministerio de los Jesuitas) y miembro de la mesa directiva del Ignatian Solidarity Network (la red de solidaridad iganiaciana), dedicada a trabajar con la comunidad y entrenar a los jóvenes para vivir “una fe que hace justicia.” Es la autora del libro Bridge to Wonder: Art as a Gospel of Beauty, co editora de Teaching Global Theologies: Power and Praxis, y a contribuido a muchas otras publicaciones, entre ellas el libro Go Into the Streets: The Welcoming Church of Pope Francis y el libro que pronto saldrá, Miradas a todo color: Teologías feministas contextuales iberoa-americanas.