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The Power of the Cross

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Jon Sobrino

What sort of power is it that really and truly renders the deity present? Human beings automatically think of God as someone who possesses and wields power. Jesus forces people to consider whether that deeply rooted conviction is true or not. In historical terms it is readily apparent that power, left to its own inertial tendencies, tends to be oppressive in fact. So it cannot be the ultimate meditation of God, though human beings might tend to think so….

The cross is not a response; it is a new form of questioning. It invites us to adopt a radically new attitude toward God…. Without the resurrection love would not be authentic power; without the cross this power would not be love….

The Resurrection of Jesus is … a symbol of hope…. I don’t see how you can show love … without being in solidarity with the victims of this world. And if you are in solidarity with the victims, I don’t see how you can avoid the cross. The theology of the cross is the theology of love in our real world….

There is a hope-filled, honest, loving current [in reality], which becomes a powerful invitation to us, and once we have entered it, we allow ourselves to be carried along by it. Just as there is an original sin that becomes a structural dimension of reality, so also there is an original grace, which becomes a grace structure of reality…. To accept that grace [emerging from reality] is to plunge headlong into reality and allow ourselves to be borne up on the ‘more’ with which reality is pregnant and which is offered to us freely again and again despite all.