Chaplain (Maj.) Jorge Budez
Special to GUIDON
In the years following his death, Jesus became truly incarnated in the lives, the sufferings and the hopes of the first Christian communities.
His spirit guided them, strengthened them, encouraged them and comforted them. He was the “Christ” in every state of their lives in the streets and villages, in the countryside and the fields.
The disciples of Jesus kept his memory alive by living the commitment to which he called the Christian community to live. The disciples, by proclaiming the cross of Jesus in their suffering, in their hope and struggle, have ensured the resurrection of Jesus in the people. Jesus, the “Good Master,” has risen in his people because not only today but also every day, we recall his guiding and transforming word.
He is an inspiring person because he takes care of his people. When he was alive he knew how to question, protect and inspire. And that stays with us still. He continues being the “Good Master” to offer hope, courage, inspiration, direction, and dignity to those who suffer the most. His importance does not lie so much in the fact that he provides concrete solutions to contemporary problems, but rather that his vision, attitude and fundamental commitment are based on the reality of his followers.
When Jesus spoke the truth clearly, he fearlessly denounced atrocities, he visited and accompanied the poor, and he risked his own life in favor of radical compassion.
Jesus is our savior because he loves his people and this is neither forgotten nor can it be forgotten, especially when so many people need to hold onto someone who brings life and not death, hope and not despairs, peace and not war.
Today, we have the sacred mission to carry on his prophetic words as we commit ourselves to build a better world. We are Jesus’ followers by promoting education for all, service to the needy members of the communities, and the creation of an economy that is inclusive, which will guarantee the comfort and dignity of the community.
Here is the challenge for everyone, from the highest to the lowest-level role in society; we are invited to take the risk. You have the answer. What are you waiting for?
(Editor’s note: Budez is the 3rd Chemical Brigade chaplain.)