USE AND ABUSE OF POWER
(Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
You, like every other person, has the power to do good or evil. If you do good, you will reaffirm yourself as a human being. But if you do evil, you will end up destroying yourself.
To do good means only one thing: To benefit all.
Whenever you exercise your power, ask yourself: What would my power do to my life? Would it make my life more difficult or easier? Would it bring me successes or failures? Would I use my power to serve or to mistreat my fellow human beings? Would it bring me happiness or unhappiness?
Now, remember that you shall not use your power for your own personal gain, or for your selfish interests. You shall not use your power to foster inequality, aggression or depredation. Instead, you shall use it for the benefit of all.
Historically, empires abuse their political, economic, and military power in order to pursue their own selfish interests, to attend to their thirst for wealth and domination.
Furthermore, remember the example of the abundant catch of fish where by the power of God, the Galilean fishermen were able to catch fish for the benefit of everyone.
Upon knowing the power of Christ, Peter thought that if he were to possess that power, he would use it for personal gain. Thus, he said: “Master, stay away from me, for I am a sinful man.”
That is precisely what, those who appropriate for themselves the wealth of the world, ought to say, because they use it for their own personal gain.
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)