Este is mi hijo Amado, in quien tengo complacencia
(this is my beloved son, in whom I amwell pleased) Mt 3:17
In recent years, there has been a growing interest in narrative theology.
In her book Speaking in Parables: A Study in Metaphor and Theology,
McFague describes the kind of theology that emerges:
Telling the story of one’s life can become a theological act. It is
a way of talking about God in a different way. The kind of theology that
has dominated for centuries has been too academic and abstract – a theology
divorced from the ordinary life and experiences of the people. No wonder
for many people this kind of theology is meaningless and irrelevant. For
it to make sense and touch the lives of people, theology needs to be more
narrative and autobiographical. The story of salvation as recorded in the
Sacred Scriptures must be correlated with our stories. The theologian must
be able to proclaim, give witness and tell the story of the wonderful things
that God has done in our life and history. Thus, theology must not only
be a logical, systematic and abstract discourse about God. It must also
be the retelling of the story of God in the story of our life. After all,
God is revealed not only in the sacred texts and dogmas, but in history
and in each person’s life story. According to John Navone and Thomas Cooper
in their book Tellers of the Word:
What I have done is to write an autobiographical theology from a Third World perspective. In the noontime of my life I gathered the scattered texts that have emerged along the way- the diaries, letters and memoirs. In trying to be in touch with my unfolding story I came to discover the presence of Someone whom I have been searching and longing for. God is part of my story. My story is about who I am in relation to God, a story of discovering God in the experience of suffering, doubts, love and joy. It is a living testimony, a proclamation of God’s love. Above all it is a story about the process of coming to believe what my names suggests: I am God’s beloved – Amado.
My story also records the process of responding to the call of the risen
Lord to discipleship and to a deeper awareness that I am his beloved disciple.
It is part of a larger story – that of a suffering people who have struggled
against the structures of sin in Philippine society –against poverty, injustice,
oppression and the ecological destruction. This is also part of the story
of the Catholic Church in the Philippines – a church that is trying to
renew herself and build Basic Ecclesial Communities, the church that takes
a prophetic stance and promotes peace, justice and the integrity of creation.
My story gives witness to the liberating presence of God in the recent
history of the Filipino people and the Church in the Philippines.