(Second Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, January 20, 2019
If you want to turn your scarcities into abundance you must resort to mutual cooperation in the production of goods and then distribute them among all according to everybody’s needs. Otherwise your abundance will be as tragic as scarcity.
What are our scarcities At the individual level, we are running out of economic means for survival, of willingness to care for our fellowmen, of peace, of joy, of patience, of hope, of courage, and even faith in ourselves.
At the collective level, we are running out of justice, equality, peace and respect among nations.
How to restore abundance In order to restore abundance:
We must restore peace, mutual respect, cooperation, and understanding among individuals and nations. We must eradicate aggression, predatory wars, and economic policies that produce hunger and starvation all over the world.
Remember that life is like a wedding where we all have the responsibility of producing and consuming the wine of the banquet.
The fundamental purpose of an economic system is to satisfy the needs of all men, by ensuring that everybody, without exception, participates in the production, distribution, and consumption of all economic goods.
The fact that a few individuals take possession of the world’s wealth, while the vast majorities live in poverty, is an indication that the world’s economic systems have failed to live up to their responsibility and purpose.
An economic system that fails to meet the needs of all is unjust and inhuman.
The following is a just and human economic system: “No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common . . . There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceedings of the sale, and put them at the feet of the apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need” (Acts 4:32, 34-35).
In such an economic system as the one described above, everyone benefits from it. It is the only economic system that can fully serve the needs of humankind.