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CONVERSION: THE ANTIDOTE AGAINST DESTRUCTION

(First Sunday of Lent)
Sunday, February 18, 2018.

When a person destroys another person, conversion becomes a must.
¿What can cause a person to break into his former school and, indiscriminately kill students and teachers?
The following are the main causes:
– The example given by the government of the country where the killer lives. ¿Is it not a common occurrence to see that the aggressive country invades other countries, and kills everyone who stands in its way, using, for such purpose, the most powerful weapons at its disposal? ¿Is it not common to see that the government resorts to invasions and killings as the only means to resolve its problems? That is the example certain persons with mental o personal problems see and imitate.
– The proliferation of weapons, which are of easy access by almost everybody.
– The glamorization of violence.
In order to eradicate such killings and violence, conversion becomes a must. The aggressive country has to be able to resolve its problems without resorting to the killing of other human beings. The country must be able to live in peace, harmony and mutual respect with all other countries in the world. All this is possible if the government and its people commit themselves to do so.
Therefore, what is repentance?
Repentance is the action by which a person or a government transforms the destructive effects of suffering into liberating forces. That is, through repentance, a person or government participates in the liberation brought about by God, who transforms death into life. Repentance transforms the suffering that ends in destruction, into the redemption that brings about life.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

 

YOUR JOB IS TO DESTROY EVIL

(Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time).
Sunday, January 21, 2018.

“In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; he cried out, ‘What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us?’ ” (Mark 1:23-24).
God teaches you to destroy evil in all its forms.
Just as God expels the unclean spirit from a man, so he will expel all evils from our world; and just as the possessed man went into “convulsions” before the evil spirit left him, so will the world undergo violent convulsions in order to be freed from evil. Now, it is your responsibility to follow God’s work, and free the world from all evil.
Evil infiltrates all spheres of human society.
Evil can infiltrate our families, our societal institutions under seemingly “acceptable” forms, and hide in them. But the presence of God, acting through you, will force evil to come out from hiding.
Evil cannot hide neither from God nor from you.
People who pursue the truth and goodness of God have the power to expose the lie and evil. God’s presence in us gives us the ability to identify, expose, and expel evil wherever evil is found, for good and evil cannot coexist with each other, and the struggle between the two produces violent convulsions.
God shares with us his authority to expel the evil hidden in our society.
God grants his people his authority, which is radically different from the authority of the evildoers who speak in the name of their own gods: the gods of earthly power. God warns us that if a person “presumes to speak in my name a word that I have not commanded him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, he shall die” (Deuteronomy 18:20).

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

REJOICE, THIS WORLD IS PASSING AWAY

(Third Sunday in Ordinary Time).
Sunday, January 21, 2018.

“The world in its present form is passing away” (1 Corinthians 7:31). Why is this world passing away? Because it is a world without unity and equality, a world where people exploit and destroy one another.
With the arrival of “the time of fulfillment” and with “the Kingdom of God at hand” (Mark 1:15), we are witnessing the transformation of this world into a world of unity and equality among all, a world that embraces peace.
God calls us to bring an end to the world in its present form and to build a new world. In order to do so, God recruits “fishers of men” (Mark 1:17) from among us so we may turn this world into a new world:
– Through the transformation of those who administer the wealth of the world. They can transform themselves into fishers of men by establishing socioeconomic systems whereby all men are allowed to produce and enjoy the fruits of their labor.
– Through the transformation of those who run the political institutions of the world. They can transform themselves into fishers of men by governing in order to fulfill the common good.
– Through the transformation of those who are responsible for the spiritual life of the people. They can transform themselves into fishers of men by addressing men as whole persons made of body and soul, not just soul.
These transformations are necessary because this is the time of fulfillment and the Kingdom of God is at hand. A new world is at hand, and that is a reason for you to rejoice.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

THE CONTRADICTIONS OF LIFE

(Second Sunday in Ordinary Time).
Sunday, January 14, 2018.

It may appear to be a contradiction to say the Lamb is the true leader. The Lamb of God, however, proves there is no such contradiction.
“Behold, the Lamb of God” (John 1:36), behold the one who takes upon himself God’s will, in order to make our old world new, to save humanity at the cost of sacrificing his own life (as a sacrificial lamb). This is the true leader worthy of following.
When we decide to follow God, he asks us: “What are you looking for?” (John 1:38). If we look for truth and salvation, we may want to know whether he has the means to give us what we are looking for; consequently, we ask him: “Where are you staying?” Then, in order that there may be no doubt as to what he stands for, God replies: “Come, and you will see” (John 1:39).
God has nothing to hide. He reveals his very self to all who want to join him. God shares with us all he is and all he has; he becomes one with those who join him: “whoever is joined to the Lord becomes one in spirit with him” (1 Corinthians 6:17). Just as a man becomes one with God, so does every institution of human society, inasmuch as an institution is a collectivity of men.
The Lamb of God leads the individual and humankind, as a whole, toward fullness of life.
What for man may appear to be a contradiction, for God is wisdom.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

 

MAKE YOUR FAMILY HOLY

(Holy Family).
Sunday, December 31, 2017.

When God makes himself man in Jesus, he comes to our world as a member of the family of Mary and Joseph so we, all human beings, may become members of the human family by living in common unity (community) just as Jesus, Mary, and Joseph lived in common unity. The unity between the members of Jesus’ family is the model for the unity between the members of the human race.
Just as Jesus was united to his Father in heaven, so was he also united to his parents on earth and to every human being. To honor mother and father is a way of honoring God (Sirach 3:7). Subsequently, those who honor any person also honor God. And just as anyone who mistreats mother or father mistreats God, so does anyone who mistreats any person.
The following is a description of the relations between human beings, whether in a family or in the human community at large: “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved [we must relate to one another with] heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3:12).
By relating in this manner, you will establish “the bond of perfection” and will “let the peace of God be in your heart” (Colossians 3:14-15).
“The bond of perfection” will make your family a holy one.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

THE GIFTS OF CHRISTMANS

(Nativity of the Lord)
Monday, December 25, 2017.

At Christmas time, Christ brings to you the gifts of “glad tidings, announcing peace, bearing good news, announcing salvation” (Isaiah 52:7). He also brings the means to attain what he announces: He bears “his holy arm in the sight of all the nations” (Isaiah 52:10).
Christmas is a time for the world to receive the gift of liberation from the evils of destruction and oppression. The liberation Christmas brings, however, is ignored by those who fail to accept God’s coming into humanity: “He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him” (John 1:11). Those who do not accept God have already accepted something else – they have accepted their worldly idols.
Christmas is the gift of restoration of the order that has existed since the beginning of the world. “In the beginning . . . all things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race” (John 1:1-4).
Christmas will continue to be the gift of the presence of God among us. Christmas will continue to be God’s tireless efforts to restore the original goodness inherent to human nature since its inception. This is why we celebrate Christmas every year.
Those who receive the gifts of Christmas, “become children of God” (John 1:12), God’s “holy arm in the sight of all nations” (Isaiah 52:10), and God’s heralds of life to the world.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

 

THE BEST FRUIT OF YOUR EFFORTS

(Fourth Sunday of Advent).
Sunday, December 24, 2017.

Our human experience shows us that our best fruits are the product of our best efforts. Mary teaches us to be as fruitful as she is by becoming “the handmaid of the Lord” (Luke 1:38) in order to give humanity the fruit of her womb: Jesus. She makes it possible for God to become man. Our fruits must be like Mary’s so we may bring God to the world.
How can a human being bring forth God to the world?
This might seem impossible at first. For even Mary, herself, needed to ask the question: “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” (Luke 1:34). This question is not an expression of doubt concerning the power of God, but rather it is recognition of our human limitations.
Let us ask the same question with different words: How can it be possible for a human being to bring the God of absolute goodness, righteousness and compassion to a world plagued by evil and destruction? This might seem to be impossible. But then comes the answer: “Nothing will be impossible for God” (Luke 1:37).
This is the hope and the reality Mary gives us, as the fruit of her womb; this is the hope and the reality we must give to the world, as the fruit of our whole being.
Yes, we need strength in order to bring the God of liberation to the world: “[God] can strengthen you, according to [the] gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ . . . made known to all nations” (Romans 16:25-26).
Mary listened to the voice of God and gave her consent.
Like Mary, we must listen to the voice of God asking us to bring forth to the world the fruit of liberation. Then we must be willing to make our best efforts in order for God to do his will through us.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

SAY WHO YOU ARE

(Third Sunday of Advent).
Sunday, December 17, 2017.

Whenever you say who you are, speak the truth, only then you will be a source of light to others.
When God came to the world, he  revealed who is his, for that reason he is the light.
Anyone who speaks the truth shares in the light of God.
The light only shines through those who are truthful to themselves and faithful to others. Consequently, we will be able to say the truth when we share in the light of God.
Conversely, many of those who do evil, try to present themselves as being “good”; they cover up what they truly are. They engender a world of hypocrisy, where the evildoers claim to be righteous. The evildoers of the world, who lie about themselves and claim to be good, destroy the truth and lack all moral authority to speak the truth. Furthermore, their actions and words are merely a testimony to the lie and monuments to hypocrisy.
When someone lacks the courage to say who he really is, he fools himself, and creates chaos and confusion among those who surround him. He refuses to recognize the light, the light that reveals what is true and what is not.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

YOU HAVE GREAT POWERS

SCIENCE, FAITH, AND YOU.
In order for you to grasp the concepts of scientific knowledge, you must utilize your intelligence. In order to grasp the concepts of faith, you must utilize your whole being.

GET RID OF INDIFFERENCE.
Indifference is the older sister of evil. If you get rid of your indifference toward your brother’s suffering, you would have left evil unprotected.

GOD IS IN YOU.
Since God is pure freedom, he does not impose any laws upon you. God’s laws live in your heart.

IT IS NOT EASY TO BELIEVE IN GOD.
It is not easy for you to believe  in God, because many times it would be much easier for you to believe in the god of money.

YOU HAVE TWO POWERS.
There is an evil power and a good power. The first one consists in making you believe you are superior to everybody else; the second, in making you believe you  are equal to everybody else.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

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).