(Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time).
Sunday, September 3, 2017.
If you want to triumph in life, you must be prepared to make every effort and sacrifice in order to attain the goal you have set for yourself.
Similarly, if you want to bring God to the world, you must be prepared to take up your cross (Matthew 16:24). That is, to take up the sufferings brought up by the struggle against a world that has harmed such basic elements of human dignity such as unity and equality. Therefore, there is a cross to be carried by those who pursue the restoration of unity and equality.
In his condition of being the Son of God, Jesus Christ “suffered greatly from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes [the powers of that time], and [was] killed” (Matthew 16:21). Thus, it is inevitable that those who stand for what the Son of God stood for, will also suffer at the hands of those who, nowadays, hold the power of the world and the power to harm human dignity and foster division and inequality.
If you want to take upon yourself the task of bringing God to the world, you must be cognizant of the fact that the ensuing struggle is inevitable and necessary:
– It is inevitable because those who hold the power of the world are not about to change their ways.
– It is necessary because the only way to defeat evil and death is through goodness and life.
The final victory belongs to you.
Because God is life, whenever you place yourself on the side of God, you will bring life to yourself and to humanity. Thus, victory is yours.
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).