(Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, July 2, 2017.
If you are united to your neighbor, you are united to God.
You do not need to theorize that you are united to every other human being because we all share the same human nature. You can recognize this common unity by a process of inclusion and a process of exclusion.
– By inclusion, you are cognizant that you are an integral member of humanity living in harmony within the human community. That is to say, you are capable of understanding that, without each other, we cease to live as true human beings. Therefore we all are included in the human collectivity.
– By exclusion, you become aware that nothing else in creation is equal to a human being. You come to know your superiority over all living beings in Nature and to see yourself as a unique member in a collectivity of human beings, whose unity excludes everything else that is not human. This allows men to develop a sense of equality, which is real only in the community of human beings.
This unity between you and your fellow human beings is, since its very inception, an image and likeness of the unity between God and man. And when we alienated our human unity, God became man so that we could restore our lost unity.
This is how the unity between us and God is manifested:
“Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did it for me” (Matthew 25: 40), “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me” (Matthew 10: 40). This is the unity men must demonstrate in their relationships with one another, which may be expressed as follows: whoever receives any man, receives all men, and whoever receives all men, receives God.
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).