(Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, August 21, 2016.

Who will survive? In order to survive, you must be strong enough to live in unity, equality, and peace with all. Many “will attempt to [survive] but will not be strong enough” (Luke 13:24).
Why is it that many will not survive? Because many pursue their own welfare with disregard for the welfare of others; thus, establishing divisions within the human race. The attraction of worldly riches and power – dearly encouraged by our society – frequently confronts men against one another.
Living in a divided society becomes the final aim and goal for many who, overtly or subtly profess unconditional allegiance to worldly riches and power. And, so it happens, that those who promote division may in fact become the “first” in the world: “Behold . . . some are first who will be last” (Luke 13:30). They may be strong according to worldly standards, but will not be strong enough to survive in a world capable of leading humankind to the Kingdom of God.
To be strong enough to survive requires a way of life in which: 1) we live as children of God in the community of human beings; and, 2) we live on earth as if it were the beginning of our life in the Kingdom.
1) Living as Children of God means living as we truly are, in accordance with our own nature, as people who have one Father; as people who share in the life of God. Living as children of God is fully realized only in the community of human beings where there is peace, unity, and equality among all, without exception.
2) We begin to live in the Kingdom of God here on earth whenever we begin to rid ourselves of division and mutual destruction; that is to say, whenever we strive at becoming well-rounded, complete persons. This is what makes us strong enough to survive.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)