(Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, November 19, 2017.
We all are equal in what is our common destiny: the achievement of humanity’s welfare. Conversely, inequality appears whenever we fail to pursuit humanity’s welfare.
Human equality becomes a reality not by the number of things we have, but by our ability to use whatever we have for the benefit of all.
The following is an illustration of how human equality works: “a man, who was going on a journey, called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one – to each according to his ability” (Matthew 25:14-15). The fact that each received talents is the beginning of their human equality, notwithstanding the difference in the amounts received.
Who maintains human equality and who does not?
I. Those who multiplied their talents for the welfare of humanity, maintained human equality: “The one who had received five talents came forward bringing the additional five. He said, ‘Master you gave five talents. See I have made five more’ . . . Then the one who had received two talents also came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave two talents. See, I have made two more’ ” (Matthew 25:20-22). In the eyes of the master, both servants remained equal and both received the same response: “Well done, my good and faithful servant . . . Come share your master’s joy” (Matthew 25:21-22).
Equality among men is, therefore, the product of having contributed, with all of one’s potential, to the benefit of mankind (each one contributed with everything they had).
II. He who fails to contribute to the welfare of humanity destroys human equality because he fails to produce what is needed for the benefit of his fellowmen. He is interested only in himself and refuses to work for the benefit of others. The one who destroys human equality buried the talent he had received (Matthew 25:18), and separated himself from his fellow human beings by refusing to seek their welfare. Therefore, he will be thrown out as a “useless servant into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth” (Matthew 25:30).
Any person (or nation) who destroys human equality will eventually end up destroying himself. A society built on inequality can only sustain itself through a false “order”, whereby men proclaim they live in “peace and security” only to see that “sudden disaster comes upon them, . . . and they will not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3).
Human equality is God’s design. Those who take on the responsibility of maintaining and promoting human equality through the use of their earthly possessions and their talents (the use of “small matters”), will share in “great responsibilities”: the “Master’s joy”, and a world of human equality.
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).