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Rev. Juan J. Sosa

Saint Joseph - Patron of Universal Church

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time : July 24, 2016

There are many who don’t believe in the power of prayer. Today’s readings affirm that the Lord listens to those who pray. God sees the heart of those who are meek, are humble, and seek his assistance. Abraham, for example, is the great mediator who wants to save the two condemned cities in the book of Genesis; God responds with justice and mercy. Jesus, in the Gospel, wants to show us the Father and teaches us his prayer; with it, Jesus assures us that the Father will listen to us when we are in need.

Saint Paul assures us that our fellowship gives us the right to address God as Father, for in Christ we have been reborn to a new life. There are many forms and styles of prayer. Today’s texts address the prayer of petition. Each petition we make carries with it that significant phrase we repeat in the Our Father: “thy will be done.” It is the Lord’s will, not ours. Today is a good day to address the various styles of prayer either in the homily or throughout the week during discussions in community groups. These forms of prayer can enrich the spirituality of diverse people in a community.

Rev. Juan J. Sosa

Unequal countries

July 24, 2016

51. Inequity affects not only individuals but entire countries; it compels us to consider an ethics of international relations. A true “ecological debt” exists, particularly between the global north and south, connected to commercial imbalances with effects on the environment, and the disproportionate use of natural resources by certain countries over long periods of time. The export of raw materials to satisfy markets in the industrialized north has caused harm locally, as for example in mercury pollution in gold mining or sulphur dioxide pollution in copper mining. There is a pressing need to calculate the use of environmental space throughout the world for depositing gas residues which have been accumulating for two centuries and have created a situation which currently affects all the countries of the world. The warming caused by huge consumption on the part of some rich countries has repercussions on the poorest areas of the world, especially Africa, where a rise in temperature, together with drought, has proved devastating for farming. There is also the damage caused by the export of solid waste and toxic liquids to developing countries, and by the pollution produced by companies which operate in less developed countries in ways they could never do at home, in the countries in which they raise their capital: “We note that often the businesses which operate this way are multinationals. They do here what they would never do in developed countries or the so-called first world. Generally, after ceasing their activity and withdrawing, they leave behind great human and environmental liabilities such as unemployment, abandoned towns, the depletion of natural reserves, deforestation, the impoverishment of agriculture and local stock breeding, open pits, riven hills, polluted rivers and a handful of social works which are no longer sustainable” (Bishops of Patagonia-Comahue, Argentina).

Source : Laudato Si’

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