(Second Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, January 15, 2017.
The inception of evil in the world
Throughout hundreds of thousands of years of evolution, men were able to live in unity and equality among themselves, and in harmony with their environment. Had it been otherwise, men would have destroyed themselves, even in the initial stages of their evolution. It is God’s design for men to live in unity and freedom in order to be the protagonist of their own evolution.
There came, however, a moment in history when man misused his freedom (a disobedience to the plan of God), causing the breakage of unity and the establishment of a state of injustice (a state of evil). From thereon, the history of mankind has been an ongoing struggle for the restoration of human goodness.
The event that signals the end to the state of injustice and evil is the coming of God to the world as a man: “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
God comes to destroy evil in the world, that is to say, to reinstate the unity that exists in God even before men ever existed. As God comes to the world, he continues to rank ahead of us because he existed before us (John 1:30).
Our historical responsibility, therefore, is to make God’s liberation a reality in the world, to work with him in restoring our human goodness, and to bring an end to the state of evil.
(By Jesús å. Diez Canseco)