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Reflecting on the readings at last Sunday’s Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the Archbishop said the country had “oil, asphalt and fertile soil”, but as in the First Reading (Is 5:1–7), the expected fruit from the vineyard was not being produced. He said with its resources, every citizen should be benefitting as God did not give this country its resources for the benefit of a few. “But today the gap between rich and poor is larger, there are people living in abject poverty; there are people who don’t share; and people who want to be like those who have plenty. Why?”

The Archbishop said the answer was in the Gospel (Mt 21:33–43), as each citizen was called to be an administrator but “we have begun to think [of] ourselves as an owner”, and owners do what they want. “We are not owners. We are administrators,” he asserted, and God has given us the resources to manage, “not only for ourselves”. The goods and resources were not meant to be hoarded: “we are called to share and share wisely”.

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