(Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, February 26, 2017.
The availability or even the abundance of natural and economic resources will be totally useless to men unless they use them with justice. For justice is the ability of men to relate to one another with equality.
In their efforts to satisfy their physical needs, men have instituted socioeconomic systems, which, as history demonstrates, have for the most part failed to achieve the satisfaction of their needs with justice and equality.
Thus, in order to achieve human justice, men must follow the example of God’s justice, whose goal is fullness of life, both physically and spiritually. “If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?” (Matthew 6:30).
We must “seek first the kingdom [of God] and his righteousness, and all these things [clothing, food, shelter and every necessity of life] will be given [us] beside” (Matthew 6:33). Whenever people abide by the righteousness of God, they are bound to succeed in their goals of meeting all their needs.
God provides for our needs as long as we share in his justice. “Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all” (Matthew 6:32).
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)