(Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, November 18, 2018
A world in the process of destruction
Our world is in the process of destruction because we are suffering the tribulations of war, aggression, oppression, injustice, and selfishness. Thus, we can say symbolically that we are living under a darkened sun, darkened moon, disintegrating stars, or shaken heavenly powers. (Mark 13:25-26).
Let us rebuild our world
In the same way the sun is supposed to give light, not darkness, so are we to promote peace, not war. In the same way the moon is to reflect the light, every man is to share in the wealth of the earth. In the same way the stars are to be permanent in the firmament, so are the achievements of man to be used for the common good of all mankind. In the same way the powers of heaven are the immutable foundation of life, so are we to seek life, not death.
INAPPROPRIATE USE OF HUMAN EFFORTS.
In the Garden of Eden, the serpent sowed discord between man and woman as a prelude to the breakage of the human unity and the installation of conflicts among human beings. With men and women in conflict with each other, their efforts was diverted away from seeking reconciliation. Since then, the Garden of Eden was replaced by the divisions and inequalities we see every day in the world.
THE FORCE OF REASON AND THE REASON OF FORCE.
If the struggle that leads to human unity has not yet succeeded, it is because the force of reason is no match for the reason of force.
SOWING THE SEEDS OF UNITY.
When we fight for the liberation of the oppressed, we are sowing the seeds of human unity.
THE SUN COMES OUT EVERY DAY.
To deny the existence of class struggle in the world is like denying that the sun comes out every day. And while the clouds may prevent us from seeing the sun, it does not mean it is not on top of us.