Dies Domini 73: School of Charity, Justice, and Peace

Finishing up Chapter Four:

73. Lived in this way, not only the Sunday Eucharist but the whole of Sunday becomes a great school of charity, justice and peace. The presence of the Risen Lord in the midst of his people becomes an undertaking of solidarity, a compelling force for inner renewal, an inspiration to change the structures of sin in which individuals, communities and at times entire peoples are entangled. Far from being an escape, the Christian Sunday is a “prophecy” inscribed on time itself, a prophecy obliging the faithful to follow in the footsteps of the One who came “to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim release to captives and new sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, and to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord” (Lk 4:18-19). In the Sunday commemoration of Easter, believers learn from Christ, and remembering his promise: “I leave you peace, my peace I give you” (Jn 14:27), they become in their turn builders of peace.

One quibble here: the image of a school. True, we believers have much to learn. But charity, justice, and peace are not just intellectual concepts absorbed and known in the head. The transformation sought will require more than information. We could think of Sunday as being a day of apprenticeship for disciples of the Risen Lord.

And in his closing comment, Pope John Paul II speaks of believers becoming builders of peace. Builders don’t sit in classroom chairs to learn the trade. They learn by doing: children playing with blocks, novices fetching supplies and watching, apprentices supervised by master builders. All these precede the day when builders take their confident steps into the site and begin to accomplish the work they were born to achieve.

The Vatican site has Dies Domini in its entirety.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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