The Church does not lock

Even before the lockdown state, the public social services were overwhelmed and, in general, the three levels administrations were lacking cooperation. The Church’s social services were also overwhelmed and their responsible persons were suffering anguish, stress and emotional exhaustion. The Covid-19’s fear grew as well as the disease affecting also to religious communities and priests. But the hope again came back because of so many volunteers taking responsibilities and working with the motto “quality and warm” to be a humanity sign of the Church’s work. No, the Church does not lock.

 

During these days of lockdown, virtually all the detention centres for migrants have been closed. Only the one in Algeciras remains open. The closure of them has demonstrated their uselessness as an instrument in the service of the public order.

 

At the end of the lockdown, the politicians will have to decide if they are servers of the citizens or servers of the show, if they are going to cooperate for the common good or not. It is clear that the aid assistance must be the last policy, the one exercised when all the prevention mechanisms of the social state have failed.

 

Today, we are living a new ‘Solomon’s wisdom in judgement’ when two women claimed the same child. We will know who deserves our confidence. It will be the one who chooses life.

 

1 Kings 3, 16-28

Later, two women who were prostitutes came to the king and stood before him. 17 The one woman said, “Please, my lord, this woman and I live in the same house; and I gave birth while she was in the house. 18 Then on the third day after I gave birth, this woman also gave birth. We were together; there was no one else with us in the house, only the two of us were in the house. 19 Then this woman’s son died in the night, because she lay on him. 20 She got up in the middle of the night and took my son from beside me while your servant slept. She laid him at her breast, and laid her dead son at my breast. 21 When I rose in the morning to nurse my son, I saw that he was dead; but when I looked at him closely in the morning, clearly it was not the son I had borne.” 22 But the other woman said, “No, the living son is mine, and the dead son is yours.” The first said, “No, the dead son is yours, and the living son is mine.” So they argued before the king.

23 Then the king said, “The one says, ‘This is my son that is alive, and your son is dead’; while the other says, ‘Not so! Your son is dead, and my son is the living one.’” 24 So the king said, “Bring me a sword,” and they brought a sword before the king. 25 The king said, “Divide the living boy in two; then give half to the one, and half to the other.” 26 But the woman whose son was alive said to the king—because compassion for her son burned within her—“Please, my lord, give her the living boy; certainly do not kill him!” The other said, “It shall be neither mine nor yours; divide it.” 27 Then the king responded: “Give the first woman the living boy; do not kill him. She is his mother.” 28 All Israel heard of the judgment that the king had rendered; and they stood in awe of the king, because they perceived that the wisdom of God was in him, to execute justice.

 

Fco. Javier Alonso, president JP Spain

 

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