“el Reino de Dios que se inicia ya en la historia”

Comunidad sacramental, la Iglesia debe significar en su propia estructura interna la salvación cuya realización anuncia. Su organización debe estar en función de su tarea. Signo de liberación del ser humano y de la historia, ella misma debe ser en su existencia concreta un lugar de liberación. Un signo debe ser claro y comprensible. Concebir a la Iglesia como sacramento de la salvación del mundo, hace más exigente su obligación de transparentar en sus estructuras visibles el mensaje de que es portadora. No siendo un fin en sí lo que importa es su capacidad de significar la realidad en función de la cual existe, fuera de la cual no es nada, que la hace vivir bajo el signo de lo provisorio, y hacia cuyo pleno cumplimiento se orienta: el Reino de Dios que se inicia ya en la historia.

Gustavo Gutiérrez, Teología de la liberación: perspectivas (1971)

A sacramental community, the Church should signify in her own internal structure the salvation whose fulfillment she proclaims. Her organization should be in service of her task. A sign of the liberation of the human being and of history, she herself should be a place of liberation in her concrete existence. A sign should be clear and understandable. To conceive of the Church as a sacrament of salvation for the world makes more demanding her obligation to make transparent in her visible structures the message of which she is the bearer. Not being an end of itself, what matters is her ability to show forth the reality in the service of which she exists, outside of which she is nothing, which makes her live under a temporary sign, and toward the full completion of which she is oriented: the Kingdom of God which has already begun in history.

my (poor) translation

Published by Catherine Addington

I am a translator from Spanish to English and a writer on saints, myths, and icons in both religious and secular contexts.

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