Based on the biblical parable of the “sower”, Monsignor Silvio Báez, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Managua, expressed that “despite the selfishness and wickedness of humanity” the effort “will not be useless. One day all the seeds sown by God will come to blossom.”
Referring to the social context, Báez said that all people are “like distracted lands that we let the birds and scarecrows steal our joy and love; we are land full of thorns, slaves to so many things that tie us up and hurt us; we are dry land, fickle and superficial.
However, he stated that at the same time all human beings are “good soil, thirsty for truth and love and always capable of giving life to the seed of God. For this reason, we must never lose hope, because the Lord never tires of sowing his life and his love in us.
Alluding to the political crisis that Nicaragua is experiencing, at the hands of the Daniel Ortega regime, the hierarch stated that one can come to believe that everything is negative and that there is no way out.
«If we take a look at what is happening around us, there are many reasons to get discouraged and believe that everything has been useless. In our attempt to create a new society in which justice and democracy prevail, we can become discouraged when we see the scarcity of humble leaders who are far from the majority of the people”, he underlined.
He stressed that “it is easy to lose hope when seeing so many political groups determined to prevail over each other but oblivious to the pain of the people. We can also feel powerless in the face of the arrogant cruelty of the powerful who subjugate the people or, worse still, come to accept repression and fear as normal.
Despite the adverse circumstances, Báez encouraged not to lose hope, because he assured that “in the field of our society Jesus continues to sow the seeds of life, truth and freedom.”
Nicaragua continues to suffer
On the other hand, he said that in the face of adversity there is no shortage of humble people “who continue to dream, fight and pray for a new society. Our people, still fearful and crying, are a people that continue to resist without resigning themselves to the repression”.
«There is no shortage of good leaders who live forgotten about themselves and groups that are not afraid of dialogue and feel the pain of the people. All of them are the seed of the future. They are signs of God’s sowing in hearts and in society. This planting will bear fruit », he affirmed.
At the same time, he indicated that those obsessed with reaping success and seeing immediate results may be disappointed by what he asserted that what “we need are sowers; We need people who sow words of hope and gestures of compassion everywhere, who spread seeds of trust and fertile grains of sacrifice and goodness everywhere”.
«Let us not be paralyzed by the obsession of harvesting and let us move on to the patient work of sowing. Let us be like God,” the bishop advised the Nicaraguan people.