(Twenty-seven Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, October 8, 2017.
Our task is to administer the vineyard of humanity so that it may produce fruits of peace. When we fail to live up to such a task, we have no other alternative but to unleashing the horrors of war.
When do we unleash the horrors of war?
– Whenever we deprive others of what they need.
– Whenever we deprive others of their right to life.
– Whenever we use the economic resources for purposes other than the satisfaction of human needs.
– Whenever we spread half-truths in order to justify a state of oppression.
If we don’t produce fruits of peace, the vineyard “will be taken away from [us] and given to a people who will make it produce its fruit [of peace]” (Matthew 21:43).
God builds his “vineyard” (our world) to be a place of peace, justice and unity: “What more was there to do for my vineyard that I had not done?” (Isaiah 5:4). God “looked for judgment, but see, bloodshed! For justice, but hark, the outcry!” (Isaiah 5:7).
When we rid the vineyard of humanity of all wars, “then the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:9).
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).