(Second Sunday of Advent)
Sunday, December 4. 2016.
Our fight for a better world has three steps:
1. The acknowledgment of the presence of evil in our lives and in the world (Matthew 3:6).
Those, who are not sincere in acknowledging the evil in themselves and in society, are thus confronted: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?” (Matthew 3:7). They pretend to be righteous when, in actuality, they are responsible for the state of inequality and oppression in the world.
Conversion is the wholehearted determination to bring an end to evil in the world. It is the individual action by which the person radically transforms his life from a life of evil to a life of goodness; from injustice to justice; and from oppression to liberation. Once conversion is achieved, fullness of life is at hand: “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2).
3. Good fruits
The good fruits of conversion are unity, peace, and equality among all peoples. Those fruits are the “evidence of your repentance” (Matthew 3:8). For if there are no good fruits, there will be no true change, no true conversion.
Our fight for a better world can give fruits only in the collectivity of men, that is, in the economic, political, legal, technological, and in every other aspect of social life.
This is how to fight for a better world: “Think in harmony with one another . . . Welcome one another” (Romans 15:5, 7).
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)