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USE AND ABUSE OF POWER

USE AND ABUSE OF POWER
(Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

You, like every other person, has the power to do good or evil. If you do good, you will reaffirm yourself as a human being. But if you do evil, you will end up destroying yourself.
To do good means only one thing: To benefit all.

DO NOT DESTROY HUMANKIND

 

Whenever you exercise your power, ask yourself: What would my power do to my life? Would it make my life more difficult or easier? Would it bring me successes or failures? Would I use my power to serve or to mistreat my fellow human beings? Would it bring me happiness or unhappiness?
Now, remember that you shall not use your power for your own personal gain, or for your selfish interests. You shall not use your power to foster inequality, aggression or depredation. Instead, you shall use it for the benefit of all.

ABUSE OF POWER TO TAKEOVER NATURAL RESOURCE

 

Historically, empires abuse their political, economic, and military power in order to pursue their own selfish interests, to attend to their thirst for wealth and domination.

 

 

 

ABUNDANT CATCH FOR EVERYBODY

 

Furthermore, remember the example of the abundant catch of fish where by the power of God, the Galilean fishermen were able to catch fish for the benefit of everyone.
Upon knowing the power of Christ, Peter thought that if he were to possess that power, he would use it for personal gain. Thus, he said: “Master, stay away from me, for I am a sinful man.”

That is precisely what, those who appropriate for themselves the wealth of the world, ought to say, because they use it for their own personal gain.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)

BEWARE OF THE MEDIA

BEWARE OF THE LIES OF AN EMPIRE

 

There is no greater ignorance than the one we exhibit when we are satisfied with a source of information coming from the powerful. In regards to the media, we must seek information coming from the weak.

 

 

MONEY BUYS THE MEDIA

A transplant, thought to be impossible a few years ago, has become tragically real. Some people have removed their own eyes and ears, and have replaced them with the eyes and ears of the media coming from the powerful.

 

 

 

FORCE PREVAILS OVER REASON

I have never had any doubts about the power of the imperial media to reshape the minds of so many people all over the world. However, I do have serious doubts about whether there are any rational beings left.

The Christian faith is in crisis: many Christians are more willing to believe the lies of the imperial media than to believe the truth of the Gospel.

THE INVADER HAS NOT CHANGED MUCH

EXPANSION OF THE INCA EMPIRE

 

History shows that he Inca Empire grew by invading other nations.
If the people of an invaded nation resisted the aggression, the incas proceeded to cut their supply of water. Thus, the choice for the victims of aggression was either to die of thirst or to surrender.

 

 

WATER SHOULD NOT BE USED AS A WEAPON

 

 

 

 

Nowadays, the imperial power grows by invading countries rich in natural resources.
When the people of a nation resist the aggression, the imperial power attacks with an economic blockade, which does the following:

FOOD SHOULD NEVER BE A WEAPON

 

– It cuts the means for the people to acquire food, leaving them with the choice of starving to death or surrendering.

 

 

 

MEDICINES SHOULD NEVER BE A WEAPON

 

– It cuts the means to acquire medicines, leaving them with the choice of dying of illness or surrendering.

A DEHUMANIZING POWER

(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.

An emperor seeks to rule the world.

 

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.

 

 

War always produces destruction and death

– 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)

PUT YOUR LIFE TO GOOD USE

(Third Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, January 27, 2019

Ready to fight for a better world

 

What can you do with your life? You can bring light to those who live in darkness, you can proclaim liberty to captives , you can let the oppressed find freedom, you can lead people to end the circle of poverty.

 

 

The following are the challenges:
– The more inequality the world creates, the greater is the need for us to restore equality.
– The more injustice is inflicted upon mankind, the greater is the need for us to restore justice.
– The more oppression is forced upon us, the more we need to bring about liberation.

The powerful impose oppression

– The more the world resorts to wars and destruction, the more we struggle for peace and mutual respect.
– The more the world offends human dignity, the more we struggle to restore the dignity of every person.
– The more the world tries to keep us in the darkness of ignorance, submission, indifference, complaisance, and egotism, the more we look for the light that leads to fullness of life.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)

FROM SCARCITY TO ABUNDANCE

(Second Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, January 20, 2019

You must distribute your abundance among all

 

If you want to turn your scarcities into abundance you must resort to mutual cooperation in the production of goods and then  distribute them among all according to everybody’s needs. Otherwise your abundance will be as tragic as scarcity.

 

 

What are our scarcities
At the individual level, we are running out of economic means for survival, of willingness to care for our fellowmen, of peace, of joy, of patience, of hope, of courage, and even faith in ourselves.
At the collective level, we are running out of justice, equality, peace and respect among nations.

You will live in scarcity if you don’t share your abundance

 

How to restore abundance
In order to restore abundance:
We must restore peace, mutual respect, cooperation, and understanding among individuals and nations.  We must eradicate aggression, predatory wars, and economic policies that produce hunger and starvation all over the world.

 

Remember that life is like a wedding where we all have the responsibility of producing and consuming the wine of the banquet.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)

THE MONOPOLY OF UNITY

(Baptism of the Lord)
Sunday, January 13, 2019

The multitude becomes one

To be a person means to believe that we, all human beings, are united in one humanity (otherwise we are not persons). By being united into one humanity, each person must act uprightly, because no one wants to do wrong to himself.

 

 

By his baptism, Jesus reveals to us  that he is united to every human being, just as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are three Persons who establish an unbreakable unit between them: the unity of the one and indivisible God.

Everybody is in the circle of humanity

 

 

Our world seems to be far away from that baptism of unity on account of the divisions prevalent among humans.

If we want to be united with God, we must be united with all human beings.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)

CHRISTMAS IN THE EYES OF MARY

(Fourth Sunday of Advent)
Sunday, December 23, 2018

This is how Mary looks at Christmas:

Christmas is unity among us

 

Christmas is a time to be drawn closer to one another, to acknowledge the goodness in each other (Mary visits her cousin Saint Elizabeth).

 

 

The world must be a sign of Christmas.

 

 

It is the time for he nations of the world to be drawn closer to each other in peace and mutual respect.

 

Christmas is a time to turn our weaknesses into strength, our chains into freedom, our sorrows into joy. “The Mighty One has done great things for me” (Luke 1:49). Mary, the humble handmaid, the lowly servant of the Lord, becomes the mother of God, the mother of humankind.

The unity of a mother and her child

Christmas is the time to hear that God wants to be ONE with all of us, just like Mary is united with the child she conceives in her womb.
We must remain ONE in God during Christmas time and always. Christmas will make sense only if we make God part of our being, not only at Christmas time, but at all times.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

(Third Sunday of Advent)
Sunday, December 16, 2018

What should we do? (Luke 3:10).
If you want to know the answer to the question, “What should you do?”, first, ask yourself  another question: “Who are you?”

We, human beings, are the only ones who can effect a total transformation in the world. It is expected of you, it is your human vocation. We cannot live in a world where we destroy one another; we cannot live in a world we cannot change.

If she is cold, give her your coat

 

The question, “What should you do?” depends on how you conduct yourself in order to be who you are.

Behold what you should do: “Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise” (Luke 3:11). In other words, all your  resources  belong to all.

If he is sad, bring him consolation

 

Who are you?: A human being!
What should you do?: Conduct yourself as a human being!

 

 

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)

DESTRUCTION AND RECONSTRUCTION

(Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, November 18, 2018

A world in the process of destruction

You shall not destroy your world

 

Our world is in the process of destruction because we are suffering the tribulations of war, aggression, oppression, injustice, and selfishness. Thus, we can say symbolically that we are living under a darkened sun, darkened moon, disintegrating stars, or shaken heavenly powers. (Mark 13:25-26).

 

 

Let us rebuild our world

Rebuild the world, promote peace

In the same way the sun is supposed to give light, not darkness, so are we to promote peace, not war. In the same way the moon is to reflect the light, every man is to share in the wealth of the earth. In the same way the stars are to be permanent in the firmament, so are the achievements of man to be used for the common good of all mankind. In the same way the powers of heaven are the immutable foundation of life, so are we to seek life, not death.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)