(Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, June 25, 2017.
Your happiness in life comes from your faith in God. The following are the foundations of our faith:
1. We have faith that God has revealed the truth to us, for he is the Truth. What he reveals by his words and his deeds, we must “speak in the light” (Matthew 10:27).
There is nothing hidden in what God reveals to us, there is no ‘double talk’, there is no lie. And, this is his truth: what he reveals to us is for the well-being of all.
2. We have faith in the greatness of our human nature because there is nothing of greater value than a human being. “Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29-30). There is nothing in the universe that deserves to be called children of God, except men.
3. We have faith that nothing can harm us. The world can only harm the body “but cannot kill the soul” (Matthew 10:28). Those who suffer injustice may experience death in the body, whereas, those who promote injustice experience dead in their soul.
4. We have faith that we are free from fear and that nothing will harm us, even in the face of trials and tribulations, because God is with us: “Do not be afraid of [men]” (Matthew 10:26). “Everyone who acknowledges me before others, I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father” (Matthew 10:32).
Feast of the Most Holy Body an Blood of Jesus.
Sunday, June 18, 2017.
God shares his life with you by making himself a man, so, by the Body and Blood of Jesus, you may receive the totality of God’s life and remain alive: “Just as . . . I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me” (John 6:57). Therefore, there is nothing in God that he does not give to you. And the life of God is filled with goodness, peace, unity, and equality; in him there is fullness of life.
He who participates in the Body and Blood of Christ lives in unity with God and with his fellow human beings. That is, he lives a truly human life and a life without end, just as God’s life is without end. “Whoever eats this bread will live forever” (John 6:58). Therefore, you must remember that: “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you” (John 6:53).
Our world, however, “eats and drinks foods” such as destruction, war, oppression, selfishness, lies, intolerance, chaos, dispossession, abuse, and indifference. This kind of “food” (or shall we say, poison?) is what leads to absence of life, and leads to death. We must not be misled by the false illusions of prosperity presented by the world. Because any prosperity not attained through the fostering of life for all, will not be sufficient to bring about true life: “Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died” (John 6:49).
Sunday, June 11, 2017.
This is the best way of life: the way God lives. And God lives as a Trinity. This is how God lives:
– God the Father lives as “a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity” (Exodus 34:6). God the Father demonstrates that he “so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” (John 3:16). This is the way the Father lives: He gives all he is, and all he has for the welfare of humanity.
– God the Son, the fullness of life in freedom, takes on the life of a man so, by his obedience, the world may be redeemed. By doing the works of his Father, God the Son fully reveals his Father. This is how the Son reveals his Father: by forgiving his enemies, by doing good to those who do wrong to him, by blessing those who curse him, by freeing the prisoners, and by healing the sick. God the Son lives a life of self-sacrificing love (the only true love) so we may live.
– God the Holy Spirit lives in us now, incessantly encouraging us to do the works of the Father, as the Son shows them to us so, by doing them, we may be united in the life of the Triune God.
The life of the Triune God is the model for all human life. By following the example of the Triune God we become inserted in the Trinity, in God himself. The following is one example of how we can live the life of the Trinity: “Brothers . . . mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you” (2 Corinthians 13:11).
(Domingo de Pentecostés)
Domingo, 4 de junio del 2017.
El Espíritu que recibes de Dios es un Espíritu que te libera constantemente, un Espíritu que permanece actuante en ti siempre.
El Espíritu libera a aquellos que lo reciben. Aquellos que reciben el Espíritu de Dios quedan liberados de las estructuras de un mundo opresivo e injusto, de las estructuras de fragmentación, destrucción y muerte. Aquellos que reciben el Espíritu de Dios se hacen poseedores de la vida del Espíritu, esto es, de una vida en constante renovación a la que la muerte nunca alcanza, puesto que es una vida de unidad, igualdad y plenitud.
El Espíritu de Dios te libera del miedo que te paraliza, de la indiferencia que te hace insensible, de las angustias que atormentan tu vida, de la falta de confianza que te lleva al fracaso. Si te diegas a liberarte, te condenas a vivir en un mundo en descomposición y desfigurado, un mundo que destruye la grandeza de la naturaleza humana, un mundo que aliena la dignidad humana. Cuando alcanzas tu liberación vuelves a tu estado original de ser imagen y semejanza de Dios, es decir, recobras la bondad que reinaba en todos desde el principio; bondad basada en la unidad e igualdad entre todos nosotros.
Anyone who aspires to eternal life must first have life here on earth. And that life has existed since “before the world began” (John 17:5). That is the life we share with God who has “authority over all people so that he may give eternal life to all” (John 17:2). Life vs. death.
God makes himself a man in Jesus in order to give us his life – Yes, eternal life! But, anyone who brings life to the world will find himself in opposition to a world ruled by death: “Father the hour has come” (John 17:1), the hour when the world displays its power. The power it uses so well: death.
And so it happens that the one who brings life is killed, only to rise from the dead and restore the imperishable life that comes from God. God glorifies those who restore life with the glory that has been in him since “before the world began” (John 17:1, 5). How do we pursue God’s eternal life? We pursue God’s eternal life “by accomplishing the work that [God gives us] to do” (John 17:4). That is to say, by forgiving our enemies, by blessing those who curse us, by doing good to those who do us wrong, by freeing the oppressed, and by respecting one another.
No one who is in sincere pursuit of eternal life can exclude himself from doing the works of God.
If you want a true leader, he or she must possess the following attributes:
– A true leader possesses life within himself (or herself). A true leader experiences life in its fullness; that is to say, a life based on unity and equality. A true leader values life as a treasure that enriches the entire human race.
– The true leaders make a commitment to share their life with all. The force that moves the leaders is the desire to bring their life to everybody. This motivation impels the leaders to offer their life for the life to their followers. The commitment of the true leaders, therefore, is based on their identification with their followers.
– True leaders lead their followers to life. Through their example, they lead their followers to achieve fullness of life, with all its rewards and challenges. Life thus, becomes a gift to all who follow the leader. The leaders’ life becomes the life of their followers. True leaders become one with their followers so that they all may arrive together at the common goal of fullness of life. Now, comes the true tragedy: The leaders of the world fail to meet the requirements of true leadership:
– The leaders of the world lack life within themselves because there is no life in those, whose only concern is the acquisition of wealth and power at all cost.
– The leaders of the world are committed only to making a “better” life for themselves, – or their elites – disregarding the welfare of the people at large.
– The leaders of the world build an insurmountable wall of separation between themselves and those whom they are supposed to lead.
Those worldly leaders are thieves and robbers who come “only to steal and slaughter and destroy” (John 10:10); they are the ones who do “not enter… through the gate but climb over elsewhere (John 10:1). The true leader, on the contrary, wants us to “have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
The life of God in the world is not just a historical event; it is a real presence in all men. By his presence, God frees men from the limitations of time and space as well as from the structures of oppression and evil. Through his presence, God allows men to project themselves onto the future in the continuity of generations. Without such presence, men would succumb to the destructive forces of evil.
Through his presence in men, God reasserts himself as the author of history, filling it with his spirit so the actions of men, throughout history, become a true expression of their life in freedom and unity.
By virtue of God’s presence in us, those who hold worldly power are no longer the usurpers of history. They lose their power to distort history, they no longer can justify, as necessary events of history, the injustice they inflict upon their fellow human beings.
In the minds of many people, the life of God in the world is seen only as a sequence of historical events which occur in a given time and a given space, of “things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word . . . [who was] handed over to a sentence of death” (Luke 24:19-20). After the historical events, therefore, there is nothing left – “we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem [our people]” (Luke 24:21) – unless we recognized that God’s presence continues in us beyond the historical events
God is beyond history, beyond time and space, and beyond the forces of those who hold worldly power. By his presence in the world, God demonstrates that the forces of the world can no longer dictate the meaning and course of history.
By his presence in us, God allows us to take over our destiny in truth and in freedom. The life of God in history only has meaning when we see it as a presence leading us to his eternal presence, beyond time and space (Luke 24:27).
To live the life of the resurrection is not something unreal. On the contrary, it is man’s destiny; it consists of living a communal life from which no one is excluded.
The type of human life that attests to the resurrection is that in which God is present in the midst of all men: “All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their property and possessions and divide them among all according to each one’s need” (Acts 2:44-45).
This form of life is called “communal life;” a life in which men live in unity with one another and in unity with God through the breaking of the bread and prayers (Acts 2:42). Communal life unites all of us in the resurrection: – Unity of faith, whereby all men share one conviction, one belief.
– Unity of action, whereby all men share the wealth of the world in common.
– Unity of hope, whereby all share one goal, which is the well-being of all – without exception.
By rejecting communal life, the world rejects the resurrection because the existence of antagonistic groups and nations is in direct opposition to the peace, harmony, and mutual understanding, which is proper to communal life and resurrection. The world, as it is now, welcomes death and rejects the resurrection.
Conversely, by restoring common unity in human life, both individually and collectively, we will begin to possess the life of the resurrection here on earth.
To believe in the resurrection implies the belief that a death has occurred first, and the one who was dead, now lives. The death of Jesus sets the groundwork for his resurrection In the tomb, Jesus is the victim killed by the injustices, the wrongs, and evils of the world; in the tomb he denounces the actions of a world that rejects life, a world that cannot accept the life God came to bring to mankind, a world intent on destroying the goodness belonging to humankind.
By the resurrection of Jesus, God restores life and goodness in all and demonstrates that the power of life is greater than the power of death.
The world today appears determined to remain in the tomb, by encouraging selfishness, promoting the glorification of the powerful and the subjugation of the weak, and fostering conflicts between individuals and nations. These are the reasons our world is determined to remain in the tomb. While in the tomb, the world fabricates a false illusion of “life” Deep from inside its tomb of death, indifference, and oppression, our world pretends to give the appearance of life. In order to do so, the world portrays death as life, injustice as a normal state of collective life, oppression as a necessary condition for human existence, indifference as a necessary sedative to bring tranquility, and lies as a means to obscure the truth. There is only one way for us to get out of the tomb: by participating in the life of God! We participate in the life of the risen Jesus by continuing the works he did while on earth, by “doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil” (Acts 10:38). That is to say, by liberating the victims of all types of evil, individual and collective.
If you do the works of God, you can say, “I shall not die but live and declare the deeds of the Lord” (Psalm 118:17).