GOD AND THE STATE

(Twenty-nine Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, October 22, 2017.

The belief in God implies that everything belongs to God, including the State. Thus, everything that exists is drawn into the unity of God, and humanity is part of that unity.
There are, however, attempts to create division by destroying the unity between God and man, as if man were in opposition to God or God in opposition to man.
Reaffirming unity between man and God.
There is no division, or conflict, between man and God because they both are united in the common purse of the well-being for the entire human race – in every aspect of life. Therefore, all institutions of human society must be expressions of man’s efforts to achieve fullness of life for all, efforts that are also expressions of the will of God. For instance:

– Scientific and technological institutions find their true purpose only when their achievements are placed at the service of all (not just of a few, lest science and technology become a source of division and inequality).

– Economic institutions find their true purpose only when they produce and distribute the economic wealth for the benefit of all (not just for the benefit of a few, lest economic institutions become a source of dispossession).

– Political institutions find their true purpose only when the sole objective of government is the welfare of all people (not just a few, lest political institutions become a source of oppression).

– Religious institutions find their true purpose only when they pursue man’s well-being in body and soul (not just in soul, lest religious institutions become disconnected from the will of God).

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).