(Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, July 20, 2018.
He who speaks of unity must live in unity with all
To live in unity with all means to break down “the dividing wall of enmity” so those who were once enemies, are no longer enemies by virtue of the personal example and sacrifice of the one who promotes unity. When a person lives in unity with another person, he creates “in himself a new person in place of the two” (Ephesians 2: 14, 15).
Those who speak of unity but do not live in unity, promote division and mislead people. “Woe to the shepherds who mislead and scatter the flock.” To them God says, “I will take care to punish your evil deeds” (Jeremiah 23:1-2).
Those who preach unity but fail to live in unity bring about confusion and all sorts of individual and collective maladies.
He who speaks of unity and lives in unity, “he shall do what is right and just in the land” (Jeremiah 33:15), he will bring peace and friendship to all, he shall turn the world into a safe place for everyone.
WHAT AUTHORITY DO YOU HAVE? (Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
If the authority you have is based on compassion, justice, and sincerity in placing the welfare of others before our own, you possess true authority, you deserve the right to govern the people, you deserve the trust of your constituents.
But if your authority is based on the strength to subjugate and dominate other human beings, you lack human dignity, you do not deserve to govern, you do not deserve the trust of the people, you subject the world to the chains of oppression.
Those who use their authority as a means of domination and forceful imposition do not solve the problems of the world, they make them worse.
The fruits of true authority: “Prosperity will fill our land. Love and trust will meet; justice and peace will kiss. Truth will spring from the earth; justice will dwell in every heart. Everybody will surely enjoy abundance; our land will yield its increase, good fortune will crown our efforts”.(Psalm 85:10-14).
(Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, July 8, 2018
Many reject the poor because they are poor. Many believe the weak are inferior to the strong, those who suffer exploitation deserve it.
Many ignore that the poor, the weak and the oppressed are but the victims of the powerful who exploit them.
“Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary?” (Mark 6:3) … “And they took offense at him”, they belittled him, they rejected him.
The exploiters are ” people hard of face and obstinate of heart” (Ezekiel 2:3-4).
The “obstinate of heart” are those who treat human beings as if they were objects (not human). The “hard of face” are those who cannot understand the greatness of human nature and fail to recognize their own human dignity.
We must recognize the supreme dignity of each human being: the oppressed, the weak, and those who are rejected. Thus, we will never reject anybody.
(Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, July 1, 2018
Men must be equal economically because all men are equal by nature. Therefore, economic inequalities are against our common human nature.
This is how to achieve economic equality:
Your surplus at the present time should supply the needs of those who now are burdened, so that their surplus may also supply your needs when you are burdened, that there may be equality.
Wealth belongs to all:
“Whoever had much did not have more, and whoever had little did not have less” (2 Corinthians 8:13-15).
(Twelve Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, June 24, 2018
We shall always be protected from the storm if we live in peace. However, our world today is dangerously navigating through storms of human destruction and inequalities.
We must stop the storm in order to save the boat of humanity from sinking. We must stop destroying one another.
If we want to keep our boat afloat, we have to keep in mind the following:
1. That we have the ability to restore peace in our world.
2. That we have the ability to do the works of God (works of peace) because we “no longer live for [ourselves] but for him who for [our] sake died and was raised” (2 Corinthians 5:15). We must use our power to ensure that our boat will not sink.
3. That God’s authority is also our authority. Just as God stops a storm, we must stop destruction. God says: “I set the limits for [the sea] and fastened the bar of its door… Thus far shall you come but no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stilled!” (Job 38:10-11).
If we live in peace, our efforts will not fail and our boat will not sink.
(Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, June 17, 2018
If you want to make yours what is good, begin practicing the simplest of things: respect and understanding. These things are in contrast with what the world practices: exploitation and conflict.
Respect and understanding create unity among us, whereas conflict and exploitation create division. Unity brings about life, whereas division brings about destruction. “The Kingdom of God… is like a mustard seed that, when it is sawn in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sawn, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants” (Mark 4:30, 31).
Unity begins with two people, and progresses until it comes to include all human beings without excluding anyone. The existence of antagonisms and divisions is a barrier to unity.
True progress is based on our ability to achieve unity. Whereas, in a divided world, even though the presence of riches may appear to give the impression of prosperity, the only ones who are prosperous are the powerful, in detriment of the weak.
In order for us to attain true prosperity (material and spiritual), every human being must contribute to it in a way that every person may have the opportunity to plant the seeds of unity.
(Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, June 10, 2018.
If you do not want to destroy yourself, live in peace with your neighbor.
A conflict between a person and another is a betrayal to their human nature, because when members of the human race are thus confronted, they become a threat to their own existence.
In order to survive, people must necessarily seek peace and life, not war and their own destruction. “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand” (Mark 3:24, 25).
When humanity is divided in antagonistic groups, men are torn by strife and become promoters of self-destruction, placing their existence in jeopardy. So men must restore unity, for unity is their normal state of life. Humanity has the responsibility to preserve itself by returning to its primordial common unity, to the unity created by God.
God made a great effort in making himself a man because he wants to become one with us. Now, it is our turn to make our greatest effort possible in order for us to become one with God. To help us in this effort, God gives us his Body and his Blood.
Body and blood are biological elements common to all human beings. Elements, Jesus took when he became man. In doing so, God entered into a communion of life with us. Now, we must respond to God by turning our body and blood – that is, our whole being – into his Body and Blood, so man and God may truly be one.
Just as our biological parents gave us their body and blood, so does God give us his Body and Blood. And, just as we cooperate with our parents by protecting the life we received from them, so must we cooperate with God by allowing him to live and work in us through his Body and Blood.
Along with his Body and Blood, God gives us the entire humanity in order for us to turn everyone into his Body and Blood.
God has given us the world in order for us to live in it, to live in unity with one another, and to care for human life because it is the life we share with God himself through his Body and Blood.
Once we turn the entire world into the Body and Blood of God, then we can say we have entered in communion with him and with our fellow human beings.
The Trinity is the perfect model of open interaction: the interaction of three Persons who have nothing to hide from each other, who are true to one another, who live for one another. This is the model of interaction the members of the human race ought to follow.
We are called to be part of the Trinity: baptize them “in the name of the Father and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19), which is an invitation for us to live as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit live; retaining our individuality while sharing in one indivisible nature with all other human beings.
Our world tries to hide its divisive actions In a world where human beings are profoundly divided in antagonistic classes, groups, and nations, those who promote division resort to hiding the fact that all human beings are equal as their human nature is one.
The Trinity must live in every person The Trinity lives in those who do not hide anything from others, in those who promote peace, unity, and equality, for they are witnesses of God’s unity before the eyes of humanity.
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.