To be a person means to believe that we, all human beings, are united in one humanity (otherwise we are not persons). By being united into one humanity, each person must act uprightly, because no one wants to do wrong to himself.
By his baptism, Jesus reveals to us that he is united to every human being, just as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are three Persons who establish an unbreakable unit between them: the unity of the one and indivisible God.
Our world seems to be far away from that baptism of unity on account of the divisions prevalent among humans.
If we want to be united with God, we must be united with all human beings.
(Twenty-seven Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Where does division come from?
– In our economic institutions. Division appears when the employer exploits the laborer, when the producer raises prices in the detriment of the consumer, when the owner of the means of production makes himself rich by making the worker poor.
– In our political institutions. Division appears when the rulers abuse their citizens, when the rulers protect their own interests at the expense of the interests of the people, when the rulers make promises they never intend to fulfill.
– In international relations. Division appears when the powerful nations of the world subjugate weaker nations, when countries dispossess other countries of their natural and human resources.
– In family life. Division appears when the relations between husband and wife are based on selfish motivations, deceit and lies. And of course, such division affects the well-being of the spouses and their children. Is it possible to eliminate division?
Apparently, our world doesn’t believe so!. People usually say it is impossible to live in unity and peace. Some believe such unity can only exist in the minds of children who know nothing about the “real world.” That is precisely what the world does not understand: Whoever does not accept, like a child, that the world belongs to all, will not be able to live in it. (Mark 10:15).
(Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, July 20, 2018.
He who speaks of unity must live in unity with all
To live in unity with all means to break down “the dividing wall of enmity” so those who were once enemies, are no longer enemies by virtue of the personal example and sacrifice of the one who promotes unity. When a person lives in unity with another person, he creates “in himself a new person in place of the two” (Ephesians 2: 14, 15).
Those who speak of unity but do not live in unity, promote division and mislead people. “Woe to the shepherds who mislead and scatter the flock.” To them God says, “I will take care to punish your evil deeds” (Jeremiah 23:1-2).
Those who preach unity but fail to live in unity bring about confusion and all sorts of individual and collective maladies.
He who speaks of unity and lives in unity, “he shall do what is right and just in the land” (Jeremiah 33:15), he will bring peace and friendship to all, he shall turn the world into a safe place for everyone.
INAPPROPRIATE USE OF HUMAN EFFORTS.
In the Garden of Eden, the serpent sowed discord between man and woman as a prelude to the breakage of the human unity and the installation of conflicts among human beings. With men and women in conflict with each other, their efforts was diverted away from seeking reconciliation. Since then, the Garden of Eden was replaced by the divisions and inequalities we see every day in the world.
THE FORCE OF REASON AND THE REASON OF FORCE.
If the struggle that leads to human unity has not yet succeeded, it is because the force of reason is no match for the reason of force.
SOWING THE SEEDS OF UNITY.
When we fight for the liberation of the oppressed, we are sowing the seeds of human unity.
THE SUN COMES OUT EVERY DAY.
To deny the existence of class struggle in the world is like denying that the sun comes out every day. And while the clouds may prevent us from seeing the sun, it does not mean it is not on top of us.