Resurgence is rising or tending to rise again. According to the Christian view, it is closely associated with ‘revival’. The word “revival” is from the Hebrew word chayah and means “to bring back to life,” to “restore to consciousness,” or to “restore to a previous condition.” As used in the Bible, it means a restoration, rejuvenation, or renewal of interest after spiritual neglect, oblivion, or obscurity.
We need resurgence in every aspect of our life. It is needed whenever the love of God’s people has grown cold. We need resurgence in our families: we need to give more priority to our family other than anything else. We need a personal resurgence. We need to get in touch with ourselves in this busy world and as individuals get in touch with our loving God too. Church resurgence; that means to be doing the work Christ ordained (Mathew 28:19-20). Jesus during his life time brought about revival in the Jewish community by calling them to love God and one another. In the context of social discrimination, superstitions and false rituals, Basavanna a 12th – Century Hindu philosopher desired revival in the people of that time. During the 16th Century, Martin Luther revived the Church through the Reformation Movement and now, it is Pope Francis, who through his exemplary life style is encouraging, reviving and renewing the Church. We need to learn from him an excellent lesson on how to live the Gospel today. Pope Francis, when addressing members of the General Assembly of the Pallottine Fathers, stressed that we need profound conversion and an urgent resurgence of faith. During GC 35 of the Society of Jesus, Pope Benedict XVI invited the Jesuits to go back to our charism and turn our gaze to the future by responding to the expectations of the Church. GC 36 also invites us to row into the deeper oceans of the Ignatian Charism.
Often we don’t want resurgence since it calls for a difference or change in our lives. Change is what Christianity is all about. We must change from what we are—our “old man,” or nature—to become more and more like Jesus Christ in every way. The youth is the hope of our future. In the same context, Fr. Jayaraj, enlightens us on youth who have the power to bring change and give hope to the nation and the Church. Sch. Pradeep, on the other hand, shares his opinion on the large scale of suicide of farmers and the collective effort needed to bring a solution to this problem. Sch. Ivin has thrown light on how a family can rediscover its beauty in the modern era. In a family, the members should bloom and blossom well. Sch. Joyson’s article is directed to the whole issue of identity. We need to find our true identity in the self. Sch. Malcolm Baretto has also shared his experience on the Pre-Ordination–Program (POP), held in Kurseong, for over four weeks. Likewise, various writers have penned down their views on various burning issues that need our attention. I wish all our readers a happy and fruitful reading. Your comments /suggestions will be most welcome to help us cater to the interest of a vast reader-clientele.
Jaison D’ Souza
[ Jaison is a III rd year student of Philosophy at JDV]