God urges us to take on global problems, to have a part in the transformation of society, beginning with what is closest to us. God's top priority from the beginning of time, through the ages, is to create a world in which the goods of the earth are equitably distributed, where no one is forgotten or left out, and where no one can rest until everyone has enough to eat, the oppressed have been liberated, and justice and peace are the norm among the nations and religions of the world. The commitment to follow Christ is not a commitment to pure joy, but to taking responsability for the whole human family, it needs and ultimate destiny. We are not our own; we belong to everyone else.
The Gospel message of service to others is not easily heard. The decision to follow Christ does not result in some kind of Happy Hour for Christians. To follow Christ means to be at war with the very powers which killed Him and might kill us as well if we get in their way. Because we are bound in the human condition the divine light is constantly being challenged by the repressive and regressive forces within us as individuals and with society, neither of which wants to hear about love, certainly not the self-giving unconditional love taught by Christ.