(Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, September 2, 2018
1.- Religion means that God lives in you. That is to say, your life must be an expression of what there is inside you, and what comes out of you are the works of God himself.
Once you allow God to live within you, you acquire the ability to bring the life of God into the world through the testimony of your own life.
2.- Religion is not imposed by external commandments because they always imply an imposition, which denies the option to accept or reject. External laws are imposed upon us, and carry a coercive punishment if the law is not obeyed. Whether we are motivated or not, we are obligated to abide by the external law. And any imposition hinders our spiritual and emotional maturity.
3.- Religion goes beyond the boundaries of a societal institution. The institutions we create must have the same spirit of the God who lives in us. Otherwise, an institution is not representative of the spirit of God.
(Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, August 26, 2018.
True life means to live in unity with one another. If we fail to do so, our life ceases to be life and becomes a useless and senseless existence, even destructive.
When God establishes his unity with us, he tells us: “My flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink” (John 6:55). This means that whenever we accept God’s unity, we take for ourselves his truth, totally, for he is total truth; we become free for he is true freedom; we become people of service and peace because he is true service and true peace; we become people of compassion and justice because he is true compassion and true justice. Without this truth, humanity cannot go on living.
However, many refuse to enter into a total unity with God because such unity implies our unity with all our fellow human beings.
Those who are asked to live in unity with others, usually respond: “This saying is hard; who can accept it?.” And those who reject unity, “return to their former way of life” (John 6:60, 66). That is, to their life of antagonism, lies, emptiness, and self-destruction.
Live in unity with one another “out of reverence” for God (Ephesians 5:21). Be committed to one another just as God is committed to humankind.
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Sunday, August 19, 2018.
“Come, eat of my food, and drink of the wine I have mixed! Forsake foolishness that you may live, advance in the way of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:4-6).
You can truly possess life, just as by the action of “eating and drinking” a person can nurture his physical life.
Our world is lacking in life: “These are evil days” (Ephesians 5:16) because man’s life has become radically distorted, and what is death, is taken as if it were life. Such is the case when war is chosen over peace, when the appropriation of wealth by a few is acceptable in spite of producing the impoverishment of many.
We must “not continue in ignorance, but [must] try to understand what is the will of the Lord” (Ephesians 5:17). The world seems to ignore the struggle between good and evil; the struggle between life and death. The world believes that money is more valuable than life, that conflict is preferable to harmony.
(Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, July 29, 2018
You will reach the highest quality of life when you “live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:1-4). Here is how you live a life of the highest quality: – A life of humility, that is, a life whereby you treat everybody as equal to you. True humility is the recognition of our equality, in that we all share the same human nature.
– A life of gentleness, that is, a life whereby you respect everybody. Gentleness is the courage to respect one another.
– A life of patience, that is, a life whereby you never give up, even though your efforts to bring about equality may not be immediately fruitful.
– A life whereby you support everybody, accept others in your efforts to strengthen the unity among us. That is true love.
– A life of peace whereby you do not cause any harm to anyone, whereby everything is done in the best interest of one another.
(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.