GeE 79: Pursuing Justice For The Poor And Weak

See the source imagePope Francis seems to be swimming against the political current in the US and many other countries. The good thing about that is that many Christians are being confronted in significant ways about their priorities.

The Holy Father is right to caution about being too casual about justice. I think he’s right, whether we place bumper stickers on our vehicles to cite wanting peace and working for justice, or citing the judgment quality of our God. As the prophet challenged twenty-seven centuries ago, we are charged to “correct” what is wrong.

79. True justice comes about in people’s lives when they themselves are just in their decisions; it is expressed in their pursuit of justice for the poor and the weak. While it is true that the word “justice” can be a synonym for faithfulness to God’s will in every aspect of our life, if we give the word too general a meaning, we forget that it is shown especially in justice towards those who are most vulnerable: “Seek justice, correct oppression; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow” (Is 1:17).

Hungering and thirsting for righteousness: that is holiness.

You can check the full document Gaudete et Exsultate on the Vatican website.



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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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