(Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time).
Sunday, October 29, 2017.
The world ruled by the exploiter, the powerful, and the oppressor is in grave danger of collapsing. And such danger comes from those who are willing and ready to heed the following commandment: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39).
The reason being that love of neighbor necessarily means the pursuit of unity, peace, and justice for all, pursuit, which is in opposition to the powers of the world.
However, the powers of the world have found a way to “neutralize” such commandment by allowing it to continue to exist, but with a totally distorted meaning (which is an effective way of eliminating it). Thus, in our world today, the word “love” has been reduced to mean anything from an act of sexual intercourse to a prudish sentimental affection for something or someone and voided of anything beneficial to humanity. As a result, the commandment of “love” has been turned into something totally alien to what true love is.
Once “love” is stripped of its true meaning, the powers of the world can say they abide by the commandment of love, while at the same time: They promote or support wars, exploit the weak, and dispossess and impoverish others.
What is love?
Love is the self-sacrificing way of life that moves a person to offer himself for the well-being of others. Love causes a person to first look after the interests of others instead of his own. This love is the summation of all human laws, of all human aspirations. This is the love the powers of the world find to be extremely dangerous to their existence.
(By Jesús A. Diez canseco).