The truth dictates that we, all human beings, are one. Otherwise, each one of us would have a human nature different from that of other human beings. That is the absurd.
Furthermore, we humans are the image and likeness of the one and indivisible God; otherwise, our image and likeness would be polytheistic. We incur in the absurd whenever we break our essential unity by establishing antagonistic groups among ourselves, and resorting to various means to perpetuate our fragmentation, i.e. economic inequalities, international aggression, genocide, cultural differences and mass killings, among others. The Spirit of God, always active in us, is constantly redirecting us towards unification: “each one heard them speaking in his own language” (Acts 2:6). No matter how large the crowd may be, the Holy Spirit will always remain with us if we sincerely allow him in our life.
It is our responsibility to make every effort to live in unity among individuals, groups, and nations, so we may be living witnesses of our one and indivisible human nature, as well as witnesses of the Spirit of God living in us. Failure to do so will lead us to mutual destruction.
A TRIBUTE TO ALL MOTHERS
Seventh Sunday of Easter)
Sunday, May 13, 2018
In order to see God, all a person needs to do is to look at his fellow human beings. Our neighbor is the likeness and image of God.
A mother loves her child because he is as much her image as he is the image of God himself. A mother knows that her child is as much her creation as the creation of God. That is why she loves both of them, respects them, cares for them, does everything in her power for them. Why is God in our neighbor? God is in our neighbor because God relates to us through our neighbor. And this is the way God relates to us: he makes himself one of us. Therefore, if we love our neighbors, we love the God who is in them.
To know God loves us is to know God is in us: “We have come to know and believe in the love of God for us” (1 John 4:16). Thus, we see God, not so much through our fellow human beings, but rather in them. The failure of a person (or a nation) to see God in our neighbor produces in us two effects: 1. We live without God; that is, we exclude God from our life. 2. We replace God with something else: we make our own gods – the god of wealth, of power, of prestige, of indifference, and many others gods.
3. We resort to isolationism, which shields us from seeing the harm our indifference causes to our neighbor, which blinds us from seeing the harm we cause to others, which allows us to live a private life, to possess everything in private with exclusion from everybody else.
Man’s work is the standard by which economic value is measured. When all men, through their work, possess the means to meet their needs, economic wealth exists; but when, even one single man does not have the means to meet his needs, human poverty appears in everybody.
PAYING HOMAGE TO IDOLS In the times of the Roman Empire, many people were thrown to the lions for refusing to pay homage to the idols of money and power. In modern times, it appears that many people would willingly throw themselves to the lions to earn the privilege of paying homage to the idols of money and power.
Love is not merely a commandment. Above all, it is a need, the need of a person to be the image and likeness of God, the need to live as a human being expressing the divine that exists in humanness.
Love is a need because we must live in accordance with the truth and unity, which are in God, or else humanity will destroy itself. Love is the means to preserve the integrity of humanity forever.
There are two requirements to love: 1. We must eradicate all forms of harming one another. Our world must strive at meeting this minimum requirement. For it is evident that nowadays, in our world, men destroy one another in so many ways – as individuals and as nations.
2. We must promote equality and unity among all, even at the cost of one’s own life. For this is what the Son of God did in order to demonstrate his love for us.
In memory of the eight labor martyrs of May 1, 1886 in Chicago.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH HUMAN NATURE
It is in accordance with human nature that every person, by his work, should possess what is necessary for the satisfaction of his needs at the highest level required by his human dignity.
The struggle for human equality must include the struggle for economic equality; otherwise, equality will remain elusive.
WORKING AND BREATHING
In a state of unity and equality, people enjoy work as much as they enjoy breathing because just as everybody breathes, everybody works.
THE PRODUCT OF YOUR WORK BELONGS TO YOU
True liberation means to take back from the capitalist what he took from us: the ownership of the product of our labor.
JUSTICE TO THE WORKERS
In a state of justice, the work of all provides food for all. In a state of injustice, the work of many provides food for a few.
Seek unity in your family and you will create life.
Just as the life of the branches comes from the vine, so the life in your family will come from you.
This is how you give life to your family:
– In a family where parents and children respect one another, peace will come to all.
– When the members of a family pursue common interests, they will relate to one another as equals.
– When the members of a family are united, the will live in safety because they will have the strength to confront the problems of daily life.
– When parents and children treat one another as being the image of God, they will be truly alive because they share en the truth of God.
The life that comes from God is true life because it makes us who we are, it allows us to continue living on this earth, and it will take us onto eternity if we remain faithful to it.
When human societies are filled with that life, they become the “branches” that “will live for the Lord” (Psalm 22:31), that will “bear much fruit” (John 15:8).
In order to remain in the vine we must “love not in word or speech but in deed and truth ” (1 John 3:18). Since God is freedom, we must live in freedom among ourselves; since God is love, we must love one another. Anyone who does not remain in the vine, that is, in God, will be “thrown out like a branch and wither” (John 15:6).
If you remain in the vine, you will “ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you” (John 15:7); for what belongs to the vine, also belongs to the branches.
THE MISERY OF MONEY
If you have more money than you need, you will soon be its slave. If you have less money than you need, you will soon starve. Therefore, you must aim at having the right amount of money if you don’t want to be a miserable person.
SHARING IS THE SOLUTION
There are many excesses that may bring calamity to you, but the worse of them is the excess of money you refuse to share with the needy.
A SAD ENDING
If you devote your life to the pursuit of money, you will end up in idolatry.
TO BE SATISFIED OR NOT TO BE SATISFIED
In his infinity wisdom, God gave you the power to satisfy all your needs. In his wickedness, the devil can instill in you the ambition to possess lots of money so that you will never be able to satisfy it.
MONEY CAN MOVE YOU TO DO ANYTHING
It seems that modern man is capable of doing absolutely everything – if he gets paid for it.
THE LIES OF MONEY
Money always offers to take you on a flight to heaven, and it does. But what money doesn’t tell you is that, on that flight, heaven will be just a stop on the plane’s way to hell.