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LIVE WELL

(Twenty-eight Sunday in Ordinary Time).
Sunday, October 15, 2017.

In order to live well we must live in a  world where every human being participates in the riches of the world.  It is a life of abundance and joy. It is the joyful realization of all human aspirations: Where tears will be wiped away from all faces; where death will be destroyed  forever (Isaiah 25:8).
Those who reject a communal life cannot accept the universal human order based on unity and equality. This order is not acceptable, convenient, or desirable to them; in fact, it is detrimental to their interests.
Communal life is a threat to those who are not interested in the well-being of humanity. They  ignored the invitation to participate in communal life and, instead choose to continue exploiting their fellow human beings.
The invitation to communal life represented such a serious threat to the oppressors that they decided to kill the messengers. Those who rejected the invitation, “laid hold of [the Lord's] servants, mistreated them, and kill them” (Matthew 22:6). Those who promote inequality and oppression will do the same to anyone who invites them to establish unity and equality in the world.
A “wedding garment” is required.
All that is required to accept communal life, is a commitment to purse the well-being of all men, to purse the liberation of all, and to identify oneself with all that God stands for. This requirement is described as an appropriate wedding garment. He who came into the banquet not dressed in a wedding garment was “cast into the darkness outside” (Matthew 22:13), the darkness of ongoing inequality and oppression.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

GIVE FRUITS OF PEACE

(Twenty-seven Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, October 8, 2017.

Our task is to administer the vineyard of humanity so that it may produce fruits of peace. When we fail to live up to such a task, we have no other alternative but to unleashing the horrors of war.
When do we unleash the horrors of war?
– Whenever we deprive others of what they need.
– Whenever we deprive others of their right to life.
– Whenever we use the economic resources for purposes other than the satisfaction of human needs.
– Whenever we spread half-truths in order to justify a state of oppression.
If we don’t produce fruits of peace, the vineyard “will be taken away from [us] and given to a people who will make it produce its fruit [of peace]” (Matthew 21:43).
God builds his “vineyard” (our world) to be a place of peace, justice and unity: “What more was there to do for my vineyard that I had not done?” (Isaiah 5:4). God “looked for judgment, but see, bloodshed! For justice, but hark, the outcry!” (Isaiah 5:7).
When we rid the vineyard of humanity  of all wars, “then the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:9).

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

HOW TO LIVE IN PEACE

(Twenty-six Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, October 1,2017.

In order to live in peace we must be “of the same mind, have the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing,” united in spirit and ideals, doing “nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regarding others as more important than [ourselves], each looking out not for his own interests, but everyone for those of others” (Philippians 2:2-4).
In order to live in peace we must take as a model  the will of God, which is always good, compassionate, self-giving, and just. “Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5).

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)

THE PURPOSE OF HUMAN WORK

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time).
Sunday, September 24, 2017.

By working, men acquire the goods necessary for the satisfaction of their needs both individually and collectively. Individually, because he who is able to work produces for himself. And collectively, because those who are unable to work, receive what the need from those who are able to work. Thus, by living in cooperation, equality, unity, and justice men demonstrate they are human beings.
Why do men must act in this way? Because all men share the same human dignity, they all have the same human needs. Justice is served only when every person possesses what is required to meet all his needs, at the highest level demanded by his human dignity – no more and no less.
All human beings must possess what they require to fully meet their needs.
This call is issued to all: the owner of the vineyard went out to hire laborers “at dawn . . . at about nine o’clock . . . around noon . . . around three o’clock . . . [and] about five o’clock.” The owner of the vineyard made every effort to ensure that no one is left “standing here idle all day.” To all of them, he made the same call: “you too go into my vineyard and I will give what is just” (Matthew 20:1-7).
Who are the ones who oppose justice?
They are the ones who “grumbled against the landowner”(Matthew 20:11), the ones who are opposed to human equality, the ones who place themselves “above” others, the ones who are enemies of the universal welfare of humanity, the ones who seek division among people, the ones who always want more than what they need, the ones who want to be first. “Thus… the first will be last” (Matthew 20:16).
Human labor is a means to:
1. Earn what is necessary for men to meet their needs.
2. Respect the equality and unity among all.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

HOW TO DEFEAT EVIL

(Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, September 10, 2017.

The existence of evil requires two or more people harming one another: the perpetrator of the wrongdoing and the victim – who, on account of harming one another, degrade their human dignity.
– The perpetrator of the wrongdoing degrades his own human dignity by reason of his failure to respect the dignity of others.
– The victim of the wrongdoing degrades  his human dignity only if he responds in a retaliatory manner against the perpetrator.
How to stop the spread of evil?
“If your brother sins [commits a wrong] against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother” (Matthew 18:15).
It is, therefore, in the hands of the victim (understood as an individual or a nation) to stop evil in its tracks, to correct the harmful effects of evil by communicating with the wrongdoer in order to ask him to stop the wrongdoing.
If he wrongdoer stops, evil no longer has control over him; evil will not produce ill effects on the victim (for by refusing to resort to retaliation, the victim stops the vicious cycle of evil). In other words, evil has been defeated; you have won over your brother.
In order to defeat evil, we must accept that we are all brothers (children of the same Father). Evil always occurs among brothers because it appears when a brother does wrong to his brother. But it is only when the victim of the wrongdoing fails to go and tell [the perpetrator] of his fault (so he may win over his brother) that enmity takes over both of them; that is, evil takes possession off both of them.
If the wrongdoer does not stop his wrongdoing (“does not listen”), the victim – after exhausting all peaceful means available – is to treat the perpetrator as a “Gentile or a tax collector” (Matthew 18:17). And, how did Jesus treat “Gentiles and tax collectors”? He gave his life to save them!
God warns us: “If I tell the wicket man that he shall surely die, and you do not speak out to dissuade the wicket man from his way, he [the wicket man] shall die for his guilt, but I will hold you responsible for his death” (Ezekiel 33:8-9).
Whenever God is in the midst of two or more persons, they no longer harm one another; evil ceases to exist.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

HOW YOU CAN REACH VICTORY

(Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time).
Sunday, September 3, 2017.

 If you want to triumph in life, you must be prepared to make every effort and sacrifice in order to attain the goal you have set for yourself.
Similarly, if you want to  bring God to the world, you must be prepared to take up your cross (Matthew 16:24). That is, to take up the sufferings brought up by the struggle against a world that has harmed such basic elements of human dignity such as unity and equality. Therefore, there is a cross to be carried by those who pursue the restoration of unity and equality.
In his condition of being the Son of God, Jesus Christ “suffered greatly from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes [the powers of that time], and [was] killed” (Matthew 16:21). Thus, it is inevitable that those who stand for what the Son of God stood for, will also suffer at the hands of those who, nowadays, hold the power of the world and the power to harm human dignity and foster division and inequality.
If you want to take upon yourself the task of bringing God to the world, you must be cognizant of the fact that the ensuing struggle is inevitable and necessary:
– It is inevitable because those who hold the power of the world are not about to change their ways.
– It is necessary because the only way to defeat evil and death is through goodness and life.
The final victory belongs to you.
Because God is  life, whenever you place yourself on the side of God, you  will bring  life to yourself and to humanity. Thus, victory is yours.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

THE HIDDEN INJUSTICE

(Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, August 20, 2017.

Every injustice in the world reveals the existence on two harms: First, the harm caused by the person who commits the injustice; and, secondly, the harm caused by the person who does nothing to eradicate the injustice, that is to say, by the person who is indifferent to the suffering of his fellow human beings. Indifference is, therefore, the hidden injustice, and consequently the most destructive.
Let’s take a look at this Sunday’s gospel: When a mother asks for the healing of her ill daughter, two illnesses are revealed (Matthew 15:21-28).
– First, there is the illness of the daughter.
– Second, there is the illness afflicting those who lack compassion before the mother’s pleas. Indeed, it is a serious illness to be incapable of compassion before the supplications of an anguished mother. Those who lack compassion say, “Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us” (Matthew 15:23).
The illness of those who lack compassion is very common among people who, nowadays, suffer from callousness and indifference.
The overwhelming presence of injustice in the world cannot make us falter in our faith. On the contrary, the presence of injustice is a good reason for us to grow in faith (a faith like that of the mother who asks for the healing of her daughter); a faith that will give us strength and endurance; a faith that will produce the miracle of individual and collective justice for all.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

WHERE TO LOOK FOR GOD

(Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, August 13, 2017.

If you are unable to find God, is because you may be looking for him where he is not.
Where God is not.
– God is not in the “strong and heavy wind… rending the mountains and crushing rocks” (1 Kings 19:11), but the world sees its god in the power of wealth “rending and crushing” human equality.
– God is not in the powerful “earthquake” (1 Kings 19:11), but the world sees its god in the devastating policies that reduce to rubble the rights to freedom, to employment, to housing, to health care, to education, to the protection of the family, among others.
– God is not in the scorching “fire” (1 Kings 19:12), but the world sees its god in the scorching fire produced by weapons that make it possible for the powerful to destroy the weak.
Where God is.
– God is in the gentle breeze, in the “tiny whispering sound” (1 Kings 19:12), in the voice that proclaims peace to the people, in the place where love and truth meet, where justice and peace kiss (Psalm 85: 9, 11).

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

RADIANT HAPPINESS

(The Transfiguration of the Lord)
(Sunday, August 6, 2017).

Your joy, your goodness, your peace, and your love for others will turn you into a radiant person, a person irradiating the light of happiness, the light of God.
God makes himself man so we may see him as he truly is, so we may see in him the radiance proper to his nature, the radiance he wants to rekindle in everyone. The radiant God is an invitation for all human beings to take on God’s radiance.
Through his transfiguration in front of human eyes, God reveals to us that we all can share in the fullness of his life, once we become liberated from the evils of the world. A liberation which Christ “was going to accomplish in Jerusalem” (Luke 9:31) through his cross and resurrection.
The image of the radiant God in his transfiguration is the image of a liberated humanity, the image of individuals and nations living without chains, a world where nations are not colonized by powerful nations, where nations are free from economic, military or media campaigns unleashed by imperial ambitions.
The transfiguration of Jesus Christ is a way for God to tell us that he “will change our lowly body to conform to his glorified body” (Philippians 3:21).
The radiance of God leads us to the radiance of humanity in the fullness of life.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

SEARCHING FOR A TREASURE

(Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, July 30, 2017.

– Are you looking for something?
– Yes, I am looking for the greatest treasure.
This is the treasure: The “understanding heart to judge [and to relate to] people and to distinguish right from wrong” (1 Kings 3:9). The treasure consists in the peaceful and harmonious coexistence among all of us.
This treasure “sheds light, gives understanding to the simple” (Psalm 119:130), to those whom the world considers undeserving of possessing fullness of life.
This treasure is worth more than long life and riches (1 Kings 3:11), and is worth more than any kind of worldly power.
However, you need to know that this treasure is hidden under:
– Half-truths the world promotes as being true. In our world  the truth is manipulated by the powerful in order to achieve their selfish interests, and fool the vast majorities.
– False sense of happiness. Our world teaches that the only source of happiness comes from the possession of material wealth.
– Deceptive promises. The powerful of the world make promises they cannot deliver.
You must do following in order to find the treasure:
– You must accept that every person deserves fullness of life. “I serve you [God] in the midst of the people whom you have chosen” (1 Kings 3:8), that is, in the midst of humanity.
– You must assume a role as servants to your fellowmen. In order to possess the treasure, you must be a servant to all (1 Kings 3:6).
Once you find the treasure, you must be willing to give up everything else in order to keep it. When a person finds a treasure buried in a field, he “goes and sells all that he has and buys that field” (Matthew 13:44). That is, the finder must give up anything that is a negation of that treasure. The finder must give up worldly riches and power.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).