'And the Lord said unto Joshua, Fear them not: for I have delivered them into thy hand; there shall no man stand before thee'. And the predicted victory comes.
God who can see the future can give us insight into the forthcoming. These are rare moments – but not impossible moments at all. We mentioned yesterday that God wants to fight a different war, when the victims and consequences are mourned and atoned by the victors. It is through this act that history becomes 'sacred history', 'Salvation History'. This sacred history insinuates that if the heart of the community is 'merged' with this intention of God, he can and will share the future with us.
This deeper sight is vital. Without this 'sacred eye' in us, we will remain entrapped in the present. We will live outside 'Sacred History', in captivity. Over against this exile, it can be seen in a more clear way what sacred history is. It is about a 'sacred hearing': perceiving God's corrective Presence. Living in sacred history means our burning desire to witness that there is an ideal 'parallel' history, which could happen in place of its devaluated or negative version – in which we are now. Being a Christian means a commitment to rebuild our present on the ruins of missed opportunities of the Sacred. That is, the missed opportunities of love.
These are verbal Icons, expressions of how the world is seen from Saint Augustine's..