(Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, February 3, 2019
Historically, powerful nations are prone to dominate and oppress less powerful nations. Weak nations are convenient prey for the powerful ones.
In order to grow, a powerful nation resorts to appropriate for itself the wealth and natural resources belonging to nations, which cannot defend what is theirs. This manner of growing, usually leads to imperial regimes whose purpose is to achieve world domination.
Those who are moved by imperial interests must know:
– That power should not be a means to subject the weak.
– That peace among men is the the result of mutual respect.
– That negotiating, under conditions of equality, is the human way to resolve conflicts.
– That the abuse of power dehumanizes the powerful.
– That the powerful unleashes false propaganda to disguise its abuses.
– That imperial aggression always brings about war, and war ends up in destruction and death.
It is extremely difficult for the powerful of the world to accept a God who became a man born into the class of the powerless.
By coming into the world, God introduces himself as one of us – as a member of the human family (Luke 4:22) – our family, the family of the great and the lowly, the ill and the healthy, the faithful and the unfaithful.
Men will be able to live in peace only when they treat each other with mutual respect and care, that is to say, in the same way God treats us.
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)