(Thirty-three Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, November 13, 2016.

“Nation will rise against nation” (Luke 21:10)
A nation that respects justice is a nation that survives, inasmuch as justice is the means to ensure peaceful living in the world. Justice is a way of life whereby men relate to one another in accordance with what they are; that is, as children of one Father (God) living in unity with one another (our nature). Therefore, God’s justice is realized in mankind living in unity.
The nations promoting injustice will destroy one another. For this reason, there will be “wars and insurrections . . . Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky” (Luke 21:9-11).
As to the “wars and insurrections,” human history shows they are the events that bring an end to unjust and repressive nations.
As to the “earthquakes, famines and plagues,” they are destructive only when injustice rules over mankind. For, wherever there is justice, people do come to the assistance of the victims of the events of nature, thus preventing or ameliorating the destructive effects of earthquakes, famines and plagues.
As to the “awesome sights and mighty signs [coming] from the sky,” this language emphasizes the fact that the defeat of injustice and subsequent restoration of justice are, in themselves, awesome sights and mighty signs. For those who restore justice “there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays” (Malachi 3:20).

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)