(Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, September 2, 2018
1.- Religion means that God lives in you. That is to say, your life must be an expression of what there is inside you, and what comes out of you are the works of God himself.
Once you allow God to live within you, you acquire the ability to bring the life of God into the world through the testimony of your own life.
2.- Religion is not imposed by external commandments because they always imply an imposition, which denies the option to accept or reject. External laws are imposed upon us, and carry a coercive punishment if the law is not obeyed. Whether we are motivated or not, we are obligated to abide by the external law. And any imposition hinders our spiritual and emotional maturity.
3.- Religion goes beyond the boundaries of a societal institution. The institutions we create must have the same spirit of the God who lives in us. Otherwise, an institution is not representative of the spirit of God.
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)