(Third Sunday in Ordinary Time).
Sunday, January 21, 2018.
“The world in its present form is passing away” (1 Corinthians 7:31). Why is this world passing away? Because it is a world without unity and equality, a world where people exploit and destroy one another.
With the arrival of “the time of fulfillment” and with “the Kingdom of God at hand” (Mark 1:15), we are witnessing the transformation of this world into a world of unity and equality among all, a world that embraces peace.
God calls us to bring an end to the world in its present form and to build a new world. In order to do so, God recruits “fishers of men” (Mark 1:17) from among us so we may turn this world into a new world:
– Through the transformation of those who administer the wealth of the world. They can transform themselves into fishers of men by establishing socioeconomic systems whereby all men are allowed to produce and enjoy the fruits of their labor.
– Through the transformation of those who run the political institutions of the world. They can transform themselves into fishers of men by governing in order to fulfill the common good.
– Through the transformation of those who are responsible for the spiritual life of the people. They can transform themselves into fishers of men by addressing men as whole persons made of body and soul, not just soul.
These transformations are necessary because this is the time of fulfillment and the Kingdom of God is at hand. A new world is at hand, and that is a reason for you to rejoice.
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).