(Twenty-seven Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Where does division come from?
– In our economic institutions. Division appears when the employer exploits the laborer, when the producer raises prices in the detriment of the consumer, when the owner of the means of production makes himself rich by making the worker poor.
– In our political institutions. Division appears when the rulers abuse their citizens, when the rulers protect their own interests at the expense of the interests of the people, when the rulers make promises they never intend to fulfill.
– In international relations. Division appears when the powerful nations of the world subjugate weaker nations, when countries dispossess other countries of their natural and human resources.
– In family life. Division appears when the relations between husband and wife are based on selfish motivations, deceit and lies. And of course, such division affects the well-being of the spouses and their children. Is it possible to eliminate division?
Apparently, our world doesn’t believe so!. People usually say it is impossible to live in unity and peace. Some believe such unity can only exist in the minds of children who know nothing about the “real world.” That is precisely what the world does not understand: Whoever does not accept, like a child, that the world belongs to all, will not be able to live in it. (Mark 10:15).
Seek unity in your family and you will create life.
Just as the life of the branches comes from the vine, so the life in your family will come from you.
This is how you give life to your family:
– In a family where parents and children respect one another, peace will come to all.
– When the members of a family pursue common interests, they will relate to one another as equals.
– When the members of a family are united, the will live in safety because they will have the strength to confront the problems of daily life.
– When parents and children treat one another as being the image of God, they will be truly alive because they share en the truth of God.
The life that comes from God is true life because it makes us who we are, it allows us to continue living on this earth, and it will take us onto eternity if we remain faithful to it.
When human societies are filled with that life, they become the “branches” that “will live for the Lord” (Psalm 22:31), that will “bear much fruit” (John 15:8).
In order to remain in the vine we must “love not in word or speech but in deed and truth ” (1 John 3:18). Since God is freedom, we must live in freedom among ourselves; since God is love, we must love one another. Anyone who does not remain in the vine, that is, in God, will be “thrown out like a branch and wither” (John 15:6).
If you remain in the vine, you will “ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you” (John 15:7); for what belongs to the vine, also belongs to the branches.