(Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, July 16, 2017.
The word of peace, joy and happiness comes to the world, but the world refuses to hear it.
God speaks to all, just as the sower sows the seed everywhere, “some seed fall on the path… Some fell on rocky ground… Some seed fell among thorns… But some seed fell on rich soil” (Matthew 13:4-8). What God says, is said to all.
To hear the word of God means to understand it. However, some people “shall indeed hear but not understand . . . shall indeed look but never see. Gross is the heart of these people, they will hardly hear with their ears, they have closed their eyes” (Matthew 13:14-15). Why do they refuse to see and hear? They refuse to hear and see “lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and be converted, and I heal them” (Matthew 13:15).
They prefer not to see or understand how much misery evil causes people. They refuse to see and hear that the true wealth of the human race is based on the Word that speaks of salvation, the Word that brings goodness and life to all. They choose war over peace. They take pleasure in exploiting their fellow human beings. They fool themselves thinking that they live in a ‘wonderful’ world. They are the ones with “gross hearts” who refuse to possess the “knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 13:11).
Thus, this is why God speaks to us, so by listening to him we may change our world, so we may have life, and life in abundance.
(Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, July 9, 2017.
There is something only the little ones of the world can see and possess, something, which those who pursue the power of the world are neither able to see nor possess: The wisdom of God. How does God reveal his wisdom? God reveals his wisdom through everyone who is humble and meek: “Learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart” (Matthew 11:29). This is how the little ones of the world, “all you who labor and are burdened” (Matthew 11:28), come to share in the wisdom of God.
The power of God is based on meekness and humility: “See, your king shall come to you; a just savior is he, meek, and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass. He shall banish . . . the warrior’s bow . . . and he shall proclaim peace to the nations” (Zechariah 9:9-10). In other words, the powerful of the world will not prevail over the power of the meek and humble.
By establishing their own wisdom, “the wise and the learned” of the world (Matthew 11:25) keep the wisdom of God hidden to them. The world uses its “wisdom” to justify injustice, to “live according to the flesh” (Romans 8:13). (The term “flesh” depicts the iniquities and injustices of a world that is in opposition to the life-giving Spirit). Those who follow the wisdom of the world cannot see or possess the wisdom of God. The meek and the humble of heart will live a great life Contrary to the world’s wisdom, those who are meek and humble of heart can bring an end to the cycle of destructive power, they can share in the power of God, and they can find fullness and greatness of life: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
(Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, July 2, 2017.
If you are united to your neighbor, you are united to God.
You do not need to theorize that you are united to every other human being because we all share the same human nature. You can recognize this common unity by a process of inclusion and a process of exclusion. – By inclusion, you are cognizant that you are an integral member of humanity living in harmony within the human community. That is to say, you are capable of understanding that, without each other, we cease to live as true human beings. Therefore we all are included in the human collectivity. – By exclusion, you become aware that nothing else in creation is equal to a human being. You come to know your superiority over all living beings in Nature and to see yourself as a unique member in a collectivity of human beings, whose unity excludes everything else that is not human. This allows men to develop a sense of equality, which is real only in the community of human beings.
This unity between you and your fellow human beings is, since its very inception, an image and likeness of the unity between God and man. And when we alienated our human unity, God became man so that we could restore our lost unity. This is how the unity between us and God is manifested: “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did it for me” (Matthew 25: 40), “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me” (Matthew 10: 40). This is the unity men must demonstrate in their relationships with one another, which may be expressed as follows: whoever receives any man, receives all men, and whoever receives all men, receives God.
(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.