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RETAKE YOUR HUMAN GOODNESS

(Second Sunday of Advent).
Sunday, December 10, 2017.

In order to retake your human goodness you must take the following steps:
– Identify anything that prevents you from fulfilling the goodness of your human nature.
– Bring to an end your wrongdoings.
– Become a servant to all.
By doing the above, you would achieve “a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Mark 1:4), baptism which you must undertake in order to “prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths” (Mark 1:3).
We will not be able to retake the goodness of our human nature if:
– We believe human nature is intrinsically evil, thus, there is no goodness in it.
– We refuse to renounce our evil deeds.
– We relate to one another on the basis of domination, not service.
Under the circumstances indicated, it is not possible to retake our goodness. In the meantime, God remains waiting for us to retake it. The task of retaking our goodness  can be compared to the work of filling in every valley, making low every mountain and hill; leveling the rugged land, smoothing the rough country (Isaiah 40:4).
By retaking the goodness of our human nature we will be “hastening the coming of the day of God;” we will be hastening the realization of the “new heavens and new earth” where we will “be found without spot or blemish before [the Lord], at peace” (2 Peter 3:12-14).

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

DARE TO KNOW GOD

GOD WANTS YOU TO KNOW HIM.
God wants you to know yourself. Otherwise, it will be very difficult for you to know God.

THE WAY TO IDOLATRY.
Your efforts to know God without first knowing your neighbor, will only lead you to idolatry.

BUILD A FREE HIGHWAY.
As you walk along the paths of this world, clear the obstacles you encounter in order to make the paths to heaven accessible to you and to others.

CREATION AND EVOLUTION.
You must rejoice in that you are a product of the evolution of matter. Otherwise you will not enjoy the life God gave you since he created you.

GOD’S GREATEST LOVE.
There is nothing in the entire universe God loves more than humanity.

IGNORANCE.
There is no grater ignorance than that which prevents you from seeing the presence of God in you.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)

DO YOU WANT GOD TO COME TO YOU?

(First Sunday of Advent).
Sunday, December 3, 2017.

If you want God to come to you, you must wait for him. And, as you wait, you must be on the watch.
In order to “be on the watch” (Mark 13:34) as we wait for someone, we must want to meet the person we are waiting for. The more we want to meet him, the more watchful will our wait be. Our world is not willing to wait for God because it does not want to meet him, or desire his coming.
Why doesn’t the world want God to come to us?
Because the world has already received its own gods: the god of wealth, the god of materialism, the god of worldly power, and the god of selfishness. The world seems to be convinced that there is nothing better than the gods it already has. The world sees the true God as an intruder, as a spoiler, and as a threat to the existing “order.”
Nevertheless, God wants us to know his coming is inevitable, he wants us to know he is the true savior, the one who has the power to free us from evil and death. If we do not want to miss his coming, we must be awake.
Who is awake?
He who is awake works for and looks forward to bringing liberation and life to the world, and unity and equality to humankind. He who is awake wants to meet God and cherish the life he stands for. He who is awake will eagerly wait for the coming of God.
When we are awake we live as visible testimony to the presence of God in the world. Therefore, we can say we already have the life of God in our midst. “You were enriched in every way with all discourse and all knowledge, . . . so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift” as you wait for the coming of God (1 Corinthians 1:5-7).

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)

EQUAL IN WHAT WE WANT MOST DEARLY

(Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, November 19, 2017.

We all are equal in what is our common destiny: the achievement of humanity’s welfare. Conversely, inequality appears whenever we fail to pursuit humanity’s welfare.
Human equality becomes a reality not by the number of things we have, but by our ability to use whatever we have for the benefit of all.
The following is an illustration of how human equality works: “a man, who was going on a journey, called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one – to each according to his ability” (Matthew 25:14-15). The fact that each received talents is the beginning of their human equality, notwithstanding the difference in the amounts received.
Who maintains human equality and who does not?
I. Those who multiplied their talents for the welfare of humanity, maintained human equality: “The one who had received five talents came forward bringing the additional five. He said, ‘Master you gave five talents. See I have made five more’ . . . Then the one who had received two talents also came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave two talents. See, I have made two more’ ” (Matthew 25:20-22). In the eyes of the master, both servants remained equal and both received the same response: “Well done, my good and faithful servant . . . Come share your master’s joy” (Matthew 25:21-22).
Equality among men is, therefore, the product of having contributed, with all of one’s potential, to the benefit of mankind (each one contributed with everything they had).
II. He who fails to contribute to the welfare of humanity destroys human equality because he fails to produce what is needed for the benefit of his fellowmen. He is interested only in himself and refuses to work for the benefit of others. The one who destroys human equality buried the talent he had received (Matthew 25:18), and separated himself from his fellow human beings by refusing to seek their welfare. Therefore, he will be thrown out as a “useless servant into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth” (Matthew 25:30).
Any person (or nation) who destroys human equality will eventually end up destroying himself. A society built on inequality can only sustain itself through a false “order”, whereby men proclaim they live in “peace and security” only to see that “sudden disaster comes upon them, . . . and they will not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3).
Human equality is God’s design. Those who take on the responsibility of maintaining and promoting human equality through the use of their earthly possessions and their talents (the use of “small matters”), will share in “great responsibilities”: the “Master’s joy”, and a world of human equality.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

THE WISE AND THE FOOL

(Thirty-two Sunday in Ordinary Time).
Sunday, November 12, 2017.

The wise person knows the supreme value of human life, and  commits himself to respect it.
Since every person is endowed with life, everyone has the responsibility and the right to respect it, both individually and collectively, born and unborn, under any state or condition. Thus, everyone is endowed with the potential to achieve true wisdom.
The “wise” are those who make sure life is nurtured and fulfilled in every person without exception.
The fool, on the other hand, does not respect his own life or the life of others. The fool makes no provision to ensure that his life is respected or protected, because he truly does not care about human life. The fool is satisfied with life for the moment, and does not care about all the dimensions of life.
Wisdom is much more than just knowledge or expertise. Wisdom involves the ability to live in unity with other people and with God, who is the source and fountain of life itself.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)the wise and the foo

GOD IS OUR SERVANT

(Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time).
Sunday, November 5, 2017.

In order to reveal who he is, God becomes a servant to all. And by being a servant, God attracts all of us to himself. The following are some of the reasons why God is a servant:
– Only someone who serves has the power to draw others to himself.
– What God proclaims, he proves through deeds.
– There is no burden carried by us that God has not carried himself.
– Everything God does is for our well-being.
– God’s highest place of honor is the lowest place among humans.
– God’s love for humankind is expressed through deeds, not through empty words.
– God opens the doors of prosperity to all of us, not to just a privileged group.
– God instructs all of us in the truth by removing the blindfold that prevents us from seeing him clearly.
– God becomes a man because he honors human beings above everything else in creation, because he created us to be the highest dignity in creation. In the eyes of God, nothing else can have preeminence over a human being.
– God will always remain faithful to his commitment to us, regardless of what our failures may be.
– God made himself man so he may give his life to all.
– God offers himself in the purest way, in the fullness of his will, without conditions so we all may freely receive him.
– God walks along us through history, pouring his prosperity and his justice over us, guiding us toward his kingdom.
God is the servant from whom we learn to be like him because he is our teacher, savior and Father (Matthew 23:8-10).

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

A WORLD IN DANGER

(Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time).
Sunday, October 29, 2017.

The world ruled by the exploiter, the powerful, and the oppressor is in grave danger of collapsing. And such danger comes from those who are willing and ready to heed the following commandment: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39).
The reason being that love of neighbor necessarily means the pursuit of unity, peace, and justice for all, pursuit, which is in opposition to the powers of the world.
However, the powers of the world have found a way to “neutralize” such commandment by allowing it to continue to exist, but with a totally distorted meaning  (which is an effective way of eliminating it). Thus, in our world today, the word “love” has been reduced to mean anything from an act of sexual intercourse to a prudish sentimental affection for something or someone and voided of anything beneficial to humanity. As a result, the commandment of “love” has been turned into something totally alien to what true love is.
Once “love” is stripped of its true meaning, the powers of the world can say they abide by the commandment of love, while at the same time:  They promote or support wars, exploit  the weak, and  dispossess and impoverish others.
What is love?
Love is the self-sacrificing way of life that moves a person to offer himself for the well-being of others. Love causes a person to first look after the interests of others instead of his own. This love is the summation of all human laws, of all human aspirations. This is the love the powers of the world find to be extremely dangerous to their existence.

(By Jesús A. Diez canseco).

GOD AND THE STATE

(Twenty-nine Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, October 22, 2017.

The belief in God implies that everything belongs to God, including the State. Thus, everything that exists is drawn into the unity of God, and humanity is part of that unity.
There are, however, attempts to create division by destroying the unity between God and man, as if man were in opposition to God or God in opposition to man.
Reaffirming unity between man and God.
There is no division, or conflict, between man and God because they both are united in the common purse of the well-being for the entire human race – in every aspect of life. Therefore, all institutions of human society must be expressions of man’s efforts to achieve fullness of life for all, efforts that are also expressions of the will of God. For instance:

– Scientific and technological institutions find their true purpose only when their achievements are placed at the service of all (not just of a few, lest science and technology become a source of division and inequality).

– Economic institutions find their true purpose only when they produce and distribute the economic wealth for the benefit of all (not just for the benefit of a few, lest economic institutions become a source of dispossession).

– Political institutions find their true purpose only when the sole objective of government is the welfare of all people (not just a few, lest political institutions become a source of oppression).

– Religious institutions find their true purpose only when they pursue man’s well-being in body and soul (not just in soul, lest religious institutions become disconnected from the will of God).

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

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).