(Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, June 17, 2018
If you want to make yours what is good, begin practicing the simplest of things: respect and understanding. These things are in contrast with what the world practices: exploitation and conflict.
Respect and understanding create unity among us, whereas conflict and exploitation create division. Unity brings about life, whereas division brings about destruction. “The Kingdom of God… is like a mustard seed that, when it is sawn in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sawn, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants” (Mark 4:30, 31).
Unity begins with two people, and progresses until it comes to include all human beings without excluding anyone. The existence of antagonisms and divisions is a barrier to unity.
True progress is based on our ability to achieve unity. Whereas, in a divided world, even though the presence of riches may appear to give the impression of prosperity, the only ones who are prosperous are the powerful, in detriment of the weak.
In order for us to attain true prosperity (material and spiritual), every human being must contribute to it in a way that every person may have the opportunity to plant the seeds of unity.
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)