El Che is dead. He is not now with us. Nor was he ever. He was an ideologist, one who serves an idea without regard to truth, or to charity, instead serving himself by killing others and smashing others until he gets them to murder as he does, but only at his direction, as if power was best exemplified by death and always more death.
But hey there hermit guy, el Che was at least a realist in this dark world of ours. At least he made a difference, a change, offering hope. Hope is change! Revolution! And I’m holding a candle! Now, you had better pay for my free abortifacients, you ignorant Catholic, or I’ll tax you, penalize you, close your businesses. I’ll outlaw your religious freedom. I’ll make a difference, that offers hope of abortifacients for myself: I’ll kill you.
Whew! That spiral of dialectic revolution, ever spinning in vertiginous cycles, only appears to be rising up to the excitement of “change” because the one being sucked into the spiral upside down, being tortured with lies upon lies. That nicey-nice spiral is, instead, a violent vortex sucking him into the hell of the violence and hatred which is its engine. Such a one is on his way to the hell exemplified by the dialectic itself: all violence, all hatred, where there is no destination other than this same reactionary sadness.
So, instead, let’s meet the One who is truly our hope, what with His living Truth and living Charity lifting us out of dialectic, of revolution, but setting us on the path of that which is not selfish, not egotistic, not filled with hate and violence, but is, instead, ready to bring the greatest love in one’s life to others, that which is reasoned, that which is full of respect for the individual, that which thirsts for justice in a way that will actually bring justice about, with a forgiveness which does not bless any further injustice, and with a development which is only possible, that is, possible only when there is love of God and love of neighbor in one’s heart and soul:
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O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, exspectatio Gentium, et Salvator earum: veni ad salvandum nos, Domine, Deus noster.
O God-With-Us! Our King and our Lawgiver! Hope of the Nations! And their Saviour! Come and save us, O Lord, our God.
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We discern that God is with us, only when we hear His Kingly command that we are to love one another AS He has loved us, that is, loving one another always with goodness and kindness, with all truth and charity, without backing down, ever, even if this means our being tortured and put to death, as was our Lord Himself.
We only discern that this God-With-Us is the Hope of the Nations and our Savior when we recognize that, in fact, we need hope that is found in this salvation. Instead of the violent, El-Che-like vomiting of self on others until they are brought into violent subjection or death, we, instead, are actually to be helpful to others in all love of God and neighbor, not because we are such saints, but because of salvation, because of the love of God and neighbor which is provided for us by the Lord, God-With-Us, Himself.
The idiots who follow the revolution will only find a revolver brought to their heads. Those who are lifted out of this vortex of violence by Christ Jesus, who threw Himself into that hell on our behalf, do not rejoice in a revolution, that change for the sake of change, but in the steadfastness, the stability, the groth in that Living Truth and Living Charity that the Lord is in Himself.
Do we suffer the idiocy of others in this world? Sure.
Do we suffer the idiocy of our own sin in this world? Sure.
We even suffer the just consequences of original sin, with all the weakness of mind, of will, of emotions all over the place, of sickness and death, even if we are forgiven by our Lord. Sure. But that’s only for this world, not for heaven!!!
The salvation we receive is not apart from the justice of God, but, learning from that justice of God in this world, we will then have the wherewithal, sanctifying grace, friendship with God, to do what is in accord with all that is good and kind, striving for justice, sure, but with a view that we all come to know Him who is Justice and Mercy. The darkness all around us is not a motive to join the darkness, but a motive for us to bring the light and goodness of Christ our God, God-With-Us, to others.
I’ve never met — to this very day — even in all the Marxist countries in which I’ve been — I’ve never met an ideologue like Che who ever did anything for anyone. I know those who knew Che (one in particular from Argentina). Know this: It’s all ideology, the “power” merely of death.
But those who give up doing mere social work so as to do so much more, serving the Lord Jesus in our neighbor, do great things for all the individuals who the Che crowd want to keep poor as a group, “the people,” for their own ideological political ends.
To be with the Lord in His solidarity for us, we pray: Come and save us, O Lord, our God.
Thomas the Doubter, the Apostle who wouldn’t believe that God would love us so much as to die for us, is that Apostle who would rather ask, “Why?” and “Where?” even as he ran away from Christ our God hanging on the Cross.
Why all this suffering of mankind? Sin.
Where is God? On the cross. And now, risen from the dead, He who was born to die and then rise to bring us who are so very dead to life in Him.
The Lord stands before us as He did after His resurrection with Thomas, that is, with His wounds. Jesus would also like to shove our hands right into His the wound on His side, right into His Sacred Heart still torn open for us, and yet beating with the most tender love for us, as He watches us fall to our knees with Thomas, and exclaim: “My Lord and my God!” Indeed:
Come! And save us! O Lord, our God!
In these last days of Advent, let’s not run from the drama of our fallen human nature, trying to come up with a suitable-to-my-own-pride type of self-salvation, like so many little Che Guevaras running about until we shoot ourselves in the feet or are brought down, but rather, in taking note of all that for which we need salvation, look to Him who actually is in solidarity with us, God-With-Us, Emmanuel, our King who gives us a law of love, and for that reason is our hope and Savior, He who is the Son of the Immaculate Conception.