(Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, August 20, 2017.
Every injustice in the world reveals the existence on two harms: First, the harm caused by the person who commits the injustice; and, secondly, the harm caused by the person who does nothing to eradicate the injustice, that is to say, by the person who is indifferent to the suffering of his fellow human beings. Indifference is, therefore, the hidden injustice, and consequently the most destructive.
Let’s take a look at this Sunday’s gospel: When a mother asks for the healing of her ill daughter, two illnesses are revealed (Matthew 15:21-28).
– First, there is the illness of the daughter.
– Second, there is the illness afflicting those who lack compassion before the mother’s pleas. Indeed, it is a serious illness to be incapable of compassion before the supplications of an anguished mother. Those who lack compassion say, “Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us” (Matthew 15:23).
The illness of those who lack compassion is very common among people who, nowadays, suffer from callousness and indifference.
The overwhelming presence of injustice in the world cannot make us falter in our faith. On the contrary, the presence of injustice is a good reason for us to grow in faith (a faith like that of the mother who asks for the healing of her daughter); a faith that will give us strength and endurance; a faith that will produce the miracle of individual and collective justice for all.
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).