By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Good People

Fragment of the Gospel of John 16:22-30Image via Wikipedia
This is a very simple post with a simple (not simplistic) observation: good people exist. In fact, very good people exist. Recently, I met a volunteer who works with special needs kids and adults. She doesn't have to do it--she is not a parent of a special needs child, she does not get paid to do it. She does it because she is impelled to do it, in addition to her full-time, demanding job. Seeing such pure generosity and selfless kindness is striking, inspiring, and amazing. Yes, it renews one's faith in humanity and in the God who creates that humanity anew from generation to generation.

I have also seen that goodness in some college students who radiate an always refreshing idealism in their earnest search for truth and wisdom, an idealism that humbles those of us who are older. My impression is that these particular, very good individuals do not seem to be very conventionally and externally religious. Yet, they are indeed authentically religious and very Christian by nature because they already sense the basic truth about life (ironically, some of the more "secular" good people at times seem to have a better sense about the basic truth of life than some others who are compulsively immersed in external religious practices--the Gospel talks about that reality too when comparing the Pharisees to others who seem irreligious). If these good people come into closer contact with the Gospel, they will find confirmation of and profound insight into what God has already revealed to them about the authentic meaning of the good and fruitful life.

Related text:

19For that which is known about God is evident to them and made plain in their inner consciousness, because God [Himself] has shown it to them.

Romans 1:19 (Amplified Bible).