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THE HIDDEN INJUSTICE

(Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, August 20, 2017.

Every injustice in the world reveals the existence on two harms: First, the harm caused by the person who commits the injustice; and, secondly, the harm caused by the person who does nothing to eradicate the injustice, that is to say, by the person who is indifferent to the suffering of his fellow human beings. Indifference is, therefore, the hidden injustice, and consequently the most destructive.
Let’s take a look at this Sunday’s gospel: When a mother asks for the healing of her ill daughter, two illnesses are revealed (Matthew 15:21-28).
– First, there is the illness of the daughter.
– Second, there is the illness afflicting those who lack compassion before the mother’s pleas. Indeed, it is a serious illness to be incapable of compassion before the supplications of an anguished mother. Those who lack compassion say, “Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us” (Matthew 15:23).
The illness of those who lack compassion is very common among people who, nowadays, suffer from callousness and indifference.
The overwhelming presence of injustice in the world cannot make us falter in our faith. On the contrary, the presence of injustice is a good reason for us to grow in faith (a faith like that of the mother who asks for the healing of her daughter); a faith that will give us strength and endurance; a faith that will produce the miracle of individual and collective justice for all.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

WHERE TO LOOK FOR GOD

(Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, August 13, 2017.

If you are unable to find God, is because you may be looking for him where he is not.
Where God is not.
– God is not in the “strong and heavy wind… rending the mountains and crushing rocks” (1 Kings 19:11), but the world sees its god in the power of wealth “rending and crushing” human equality.
– God is not in the powerful “earthquake” (1 Kings 19:11), but the world sees its god in the devastating policies that reduce to rubble the rights to freedom, to employment, to housing, to health care, to education, to the protection of the family, among others.
– God is not in the scorching “fire” (1 Kings 19:12), but the world sees its god in the scorching fire produced by weapons that make it possible for the powerful to destroy the weak.
Where God is.
– God is in the gentle breeze, in the “tiny whispering sound” (1 Kings 19:12), in the voice that proclaims peace to the people, in the place where love and truth meet, where justice and peace kiss (Psalm 85: 9, 11).

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

RADIANT HAPPINESS

(The Transfiguration of the Lord)
(Sunday, August 6, 2017).

Your joy, your goodness, your peace, and your love for others will turn you into a radiant person, a person irradiating the light of happiness, the light of God.
God makes himself man so we may see him as he truly is, so we may see in him the radiance proper to his nature, the radiance he wants to rekindle in everyone. The radiant God is an invitation for all human beings to take on God’s radiance.
Through his transfiguration in front of human eyes, God reveals to us that we all can share in the fullness of his life, once we become liberated from the evils of the world. A liberation which Christ “was going to accomplish in Jerusalem” (Luke 9:31) through his cross and resurrection.
The image of the radiant God in his transfiguration is the image of a liberated humanity, the image of individuals and nations living without chains, a world where nations are not colonized by powerful nations, where nations are free from economic, military or media campaigns unleashed by imperial ambitions.
The transfiguration of Jesus Christ is a way for God to tell us that he “will change our lowly body to conform to his glorified body” (Philippians 3:21).
The radiance of God leads us to the radiance of humanity in the fullness of life.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

SEARCHING FOR A TREASURE

(Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, July 30, 2017.

– Are you looking for something?
– Yes, I am looking for the greatest treasure.
This is the treasure: The “understanding heart to judge [and to relate to] people and to distinguish right from wrong” (1 Kings 3:9). The treasure consists in the peaceful and harmonious coexistence among all of us.
This treasure “sheds light, gives understanding to the simple” (Psalm 119:130), to those whom the world considers undeserving of possessing fullness of life.
This treasure is worth more than long life and riches (1 Kings 3:11), and is worth more than any kind of worldly power.
However, you need to know that this treasure is hidden under:
– Half-truths the world promotes as being true. In our world  the truth is manipulated by the powerful in order to achieve their selfish interests, and fool the vast majorities.
– False sense of happiness. Our world teaches that the only source of happiness comes from the possession of material wealth.
– Deceptive promises. The powerful of the world make promises they cannot deliver.
You must do following in order to find the treasure:
– You must accept that every person deserves fullness of life. “I serve you [God] in the midst of the people whom you have chosen” (1 Kings 3:8), that is, in the midst of humanity.
– You must assume a role as servants to your fellowmen. In order to possess the treasure, you must be a servant to all (1 Kings 3:6).
Once you find the treasure, you must be willing to give up everything else in order to keep it. When a person finds a treasure buried in a field, he “goes and sells all that he has and buys that field” (Matthew 13:44). That is, the finder must give up anything that is a negation of that treasure. The finder must give up worldly riches and power.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

 

BETWEEN YOU AND GOD

YOU AND GOD.
Whenever you forget God, nations become more aggressive, men more cruel, and the truth more undesirable. But, in any case, God continues to trust that you will bring peace, love and truth to the world.

A PROBLEM.
No matter what religion you belong to, remember that most of them acknowledge the existence of good and evil. The problem, however, lies in that most of them will try to convince you that those who hold worldly power are on the side of good.

GETTING RID OF INDIFFERENCE.
Never become indifferent in the face of the exploitation of man by man. On the contrary, do everything in your power to eradicate it and you would have eradicated the sting of sin.

WHAT GOD DOES NOT HAVE.
If God does not have the authority to exploit human beings, why should man have it? If God were to have such authority, he would cease to be God. Similarly, if a human being were to have it, he would cease to be human.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

THE WHEAT AND THE WEED

(Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, July 23, 2017.

You begin your existence like a “good seed”, filled with the goodness instilled in you by God. And, at the end of your life you are expected to produce  a good harvest.
If in the beginning you are a good seed but at the end you fail to produce a good harvest, what happened to you in between? Somehow, you have allowed evil to enter your heart, just like the planting of ‘weeds’ changes the configuration of a beautiful field of wheat (Matthew 13:25-26).
God manifests his justice in your  life.
God’s justice is essentially an act of restoration of your human dignity and liberation offered to all, both the righteous and the evildoers.
This is how God manifests his justice:
1. By pouring his goodness, not only at the time when he sows “good seed in his field” and when he “gathers the wheat into [his] barn” (that is to say, at the beginning and at the end of time), but also when he becomes a man, in order to offer his life for the salvation of humanity.
2. By respecting everyone’s freedom, the freedom of the righteous as well as the freedom of the evildoers. The owner of the field orders his laborers not to pull up the weeds for “if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest” (Matthew 13:29-30). It is God’s design to allow men to be the authors of their own destiny: for life or for death.
3. By offering his own Spirit to everybody, always: “The Spirit … comes to the aid of our weakness . . . And the one who searches hearts knows what is the intention of the Spirit, because it intercedes for the holy ones according to God’s will” (Romans 8:26-27). In a world immersed in a culture of death, it is an act of justice for us to count on the strength of God’s Spirit as a means of salvation, individually and collectively, thus, preventing our weaknesses from turning us into “weed.”
4. By offering his own personal example: “Your might is the source of justice; your mastery over all things makes you lenient to all . . . Though you are master of might, you judge with clemency . . . And you taught your people, by these deeds, that those who are just must be kind” (Wisdom 12:16, 18, 19). Therefore, the All-merciful wants us to be merciful as well.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

A FRIEND WHO MAKES MIRACLES

A FRIEND.
Loving God because he is a miracle-worker will not bring you as much happiness as loving him because he is your friend.

GOD WANTS TO BE WITH YOU.
Miracles are God’s efforts to keep you as his friend. Thus, the purpose of a miracle is not to show you that he is powerful, but rather to tell you how much he wants to be with you.

YOUR FIRST MIRACLE.
You will make your first miracle the day you love everybody without excluding anyone.

DON’T WAIT TOO LONG FOR A MIRACLE.
If for any reason, you get tired waiting for a miracle, begin doing for yourself what you are asking God to do for you.

THE TWO HALVES OF A MIRACLE.
To believe in miracles when you need them is only the first half of a miracle. To believe in miracles when you don’t need them is the other half.

MIRACLE ON A MIRROR.
Remember every morning that every one of us is capable of seeing a miracle when we look at ourselves on a mirror, except the egotist.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

WHAT A STUBBORN WORLD

(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.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).

 

TO UNDERSTAND MIRACLES

In order to understand miracles, you must understand not only divine nature but also human nature.

ALWAYS EFFECTIVE
Miracles are effective not only when they are performed, but also when you tell another person about them.

KNOW YOURSELF
The day you come to know yourself, is the day you will come to know what miracles are.

MIRACLE WORKER
God performs miracles so that you may believe in him, and by believing in him, you may become a miracle  worker yourself.

A PROBLEM WITH MIRACLES
There is a problem with miracles: the more they abound, the less we believe in them.

BENEFITS OF MIRACLES
Miracles do not contradict your human nature; they make it real.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)

ONLY THE LITTLE ONES ARE GREAT

(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).

(By Jesús A. Diez canseco).