(Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, July 8, 2018
Many reject the poor because they are poor. Many believe the weak are inferior to the strong, those who suffer exploitation deserve it.
Many ignore that the poor, the weak and the oppressed are but the victims of the powerful who exploit them.
“Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary?” (Mark 6:3) … “And they took offense at him”, they belittled him, they rejected him.
The exploiters are ” people hard of face and obstinate of heart” (Ezekiel 2:3-4).
The “obstinate of heart” are those who treat human beings as if they were objects (not human). The “hard of face” are those who cannot understand the greatness of human nature and fail to recognize their own human dignity.
We must recognize the supreme dignity of each human being: the oppressed, the weak, and those who are rejected. Thus, we will never reject anybody.
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)