(Fourth Sunday of Lent)
Sunday, March 26, 2017.
When we look ourselves in the mirror, we must see that since we, human beings, “are light in the Lord [we must] live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth” (Ephesians 5:8-9). Therefore:
– We are good by nature (as opposed to being evil by nature). For we fulfill ourselves by producing “every kind of goodness.” No one who is evil can produce good fruits.
– We are righteous because our nature allows us to realize justice in our lives and in our relations with one another. Human justice is placing the interest of everybody else before our own internally motivated individual interests (not by imposition).
– We are truthful. For we define ourselves by what we are (as opposed to what we are not). Human truth is the correspondence between who we are and how we live; that is, we live in truth whenever we relate to one another as children of God.
Does the world see what makes us human?
Evidently it does not. Our world refuses to see what makes us human. It denies our goodness, righteousness, and truth. Whenever we fail to live in accordance with what makes us human, that is, whenever we fail to live in accordance with our goodness, righteousness, and truth we become less than human, we become “darkness” (Ephesians 5:8).
The world chooses to remain in darkness:
1. The world only looks at appearances, not into the heart. God, on the other hand, looks into the heart. “Not as man [the world] sees does God see, because man sees the appearance but the Lord looks into the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). The world is satisfied with seeing the appearances of its own making. For instance, the world sees as “justice” what is only a mockery of justice; the world sees as “order” what in fact is chaos; the world sees as “rebuilding” what in reality is only destruction; the world sees as “life” what in actuality is death.
2. The world rejects those who see what they truly are. It rejects those who live in accordance with their goodness, righteousness, and truth. It rejects those who live in accordance with the attributes given them by God.
3. The world wants to reduce men to a permanent state of inequality and oppression. In the eyes of those who hold worldly power, the person who suffers oppression should always remain under oppression, as if oppression were the “normal” state of human life. The oppressors say to the oppressed, “You were born totally in sin” (John 9:34).
God cures our blindness so that when we look ourselves in the mirror we may see who we truly are – Children of the light, good, righteous, and truthful by virtue of our own nature.
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)