(Second Sunday of Easter)
Sunday, April 8, 2018
The fundamental purpose of an economic system is to satisfy the needs of all men, by ensuring that everybody, without exception, participates in the production, distribution, and consumption of all economic goods.
The fact that a few individuals take possession of the world’s wealth, while the vast majorities live in poverty, is an indication that the world’s economic systems have failed to live up to their responsibility and purpose.
An economic system that fails to meet the needs of all is unjust and inhuman.
The following is a just and human economic system: “No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common . . . There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceedings of the sale, and put them at the feet of the apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need” (Acts 4:32, 34-35).
In such an economic system as the one described above, everyone benefits from it. It is the only economic system that can fully serve the needs of humankind.
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)