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THE BEST WAY OF LIFE

(Trinity Sunday)
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).

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

HAY MUCHAS COSAS DE LAS QUE PUEDES LIBERARTE

(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.

(Por Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

IN PURSUIT OF ETERNAL LIFE

(Seventh Sunday of Easter)
Sunday, May 28, 2017.

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.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)

CRISIS IN LEADERSHIP

(Fourth Sunday of Easter)
Sunday, May 7, 2017.

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).

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

GOD TAKES YOU BEYOND TIME AND SPACE

(Third Sunday of Easter)
Sunday, April 30, 2017.

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).

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)

THE RESURRECTION IS A WAY OF LIFE

(Second Sunday of Easter)
Sunday, April 23, 2017.

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.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)

THE ONE WHO WAS DEAD, NOW LIVES

(Easter Sunday)
Sunday, April 15, 2017.

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).

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)

TRUE LIBERATION COMES TO YOU

(Palm Sunday)
Sunday, April 9, 2017.

There are times in human history when man lives in the form of a slave, which is a form radically different than that in which he was originally created.
Human beings take the form of slaves by their own doing:
– By imposing upon one another a way of life based on injustice and oppression.
– By failing to see one another as children of God.
– By failing to respect the bonds of unity, peace, and mutual support among themselves.
– By failing to seek their common good.
Into this world, God, made man in Jesus, came in order to liberate it. That is, to restore man to the form in which he was originally created. In other words, when God came to the world, humanity was in a state of slavery, so God had to take the form of a slave. For a slave is any human being who lives in a world of injustice, oppression, and destruction: “Christ Jesus, who though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness” (Philippians 2:5-7).
The liberation of humankind is the fruit of the sacrifices made by God himself. It is the expression of God’s infinite love for all human beings. Love, which brings about true liberation in every aspect of human life, both in body and in soul.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

YOU HAVE POWER OVER DEATH

(Fifth Sunday of Lent)
Sunday, April 2, 2017.

God shares with us his power over death: “Whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die” (John 11:25-26). It is a power of which men are the beneficiaries: “If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through his Spirit that dwells in you” (Romans 8:11).
Now, we ask:
1. Who are those who do not have the Spirit of God?
Those who do not have the Spirit of God live “in the flesh” (Romans 8:8). That is, they live a life in opposition to the life of God. They live in contradiction to the order established by God. The order of God is based on and realized in the unity and harmony among all men.
“The concern of the flesh is death” (Romans 8:6), is a disorderly and selfish existence. It is the kind of existence that not only destroys the body, but also annihilates the efforts of the Spirit to dwell in the body. “Those who are in the flesh” are the ones who promote division and destruction among men.
2. Who are those who have the Spirit of God?
Those who have the Spirit of God live “in the Spirit” (Romans 8:9); “the Spirit of God dwells” in them (Romans 8:11). They live a life “pleasing to God,” for “the concern of the Spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:6).
It follows that our mortal body has true life only by virtue of the Spirit dwelling in it; and the absence of the Spirit leaves us with an empty body, a body without life.
The world rejects the Spirit of God
The mutual destruction among men renders our world empty of the Spirit of God, a world living “in the flesh,” and the “concern of the flesh is death.”
Because the world is in opposition to the Spirit of God, it is an “empty world,” which can only resort, as in fact it does, to an adoration of what is temporal, i.e. material wealth and earthly power. As a result, our world begets and belittles the oppressed, the poor, the suffering, the ill, and the disenfranchised (who are precisely the product of the injustices and selfishness of the world).
In a world where the body is everything, the death of the body is the end of everything. Thus, those who live in the flesh are left with emptiness. The world of the flesh has buried peace in the tomb of war, justice in the tomb of injustice, equality in the tomb of inequality, and unity in the tomb of division.
We must instill the Spirit of God in our world by bringing about “life and peace” (Romans 8:6). Once the Spirit of God is instilled in each individual and manifested in the life of the entire human collectivity, we will bring true life and peace to our world, we will bring our world out of its tomb and back into life.
Just as God commands, “Lazarus, come out!” (John 11:43), so we must command:
– “Peace, come out!” And peace will come out of the tomb of war.
– “Justice, come out!” And justice will come out of the tomb of injustice.
– “Equality, come out!” And equality will come out of the tomb of inequality.
– “Unity, come out!” And unity will come out of the tomb of division.

Once we allow the Spirit of God to live in us, we will be able to say: “World come out!” And the world will come out of its tomb of death.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)

THE MIRROR DOES NOT LIE

(Fourth Sunday of Lent)
Sunday, March 26, 2017.

When we look ourselves in the mirror, we must see that since we, human beings, “are light in the Lord [we must] live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth” (Ephesians 5:8-9). Therefore:
- We are good by nature (as opposed to being evil by nature). For we fulfill ourselves by producing “every kind of goodness.” No one who is evil can produce good fruits.
- We are righteous because our nature allows us to realize justice in our lives and in our relations with one another. Human justice is placing the interest of everybody else before our own internally motivated individual interests (not by imposition).
- We are truthful. For we define ourselves by what we are (as opposed to what we are not). Human truth is the correspondence between who we are and how we live; that is, we live in truth whenever we relate to one another as children of God.
Does the world see what makes us human?
Evidently it does not. Our world refuses to see what makes us human. It denies our goodness, righteousness, and truth. Whenever we fail to live in accordance with what makes us human, that is, whenever we fail to live in accordance with our goodness, righteousness, and truth we become less than human, we become “darkness” (Ephesians 5:8).
The world chooses to remain in darkness:
1. The world only looks at appearances, not into the heart. God, on the other hand, looks into the heart. “Not as man [the world] sees does God see, because man sees the appearance but the Lord looks into the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). The world is satisfied with seeing the appearances of its own making. For instance, the world sees as “justice” what is only a mockery of justice; the world sees as “order” what in fact is chaos; the world sees as “rebuilding” what in reality is only destruction; the world sees as “life” what in actuality is death.
2. The world rejects those who see what they truly are. It rejects those who live in accordance with their goodness, righteousness, and truth. It rejects those who live in accordance with the attributes given them by God.
3. The world wants to reduce men to a permanent state of inequality and oppression. In the eyes of those who hold worldly power, the person who suffers oppression should always remain under oppression, as if oppression were the “normal” state of human life. The oppressors say to the oppressed, “You were born totally in sin” (John 9:34).

God cures our blindness so that when we look ourselves in the mirror we may see who we truly are – Children of the light, good, righteous, and truthful by virtue of our own nature.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)