Engaging Faith | Fri, May 27, 2016
Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time [c]
June 5, 2016
1 Kings 17:17-24
June is Torture Awareness Month
June 4: Innocent Children Victims of Aggression Day (http://bit.ly/1YInGFP)
June 5: World Environment Day
June 6: Ramadan (Islamic Holy Month) begins at sundown
June 8: World Oceans Day
June 12: World Day Against Child Labor
Just as the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say “thou shalt not” to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills.
-Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 53
"If someone who has the riches of this world sees his brother in need and closes his heart to him, how does the love of God abide in him?" (1 Jn 3:17). It is well known how strong were the words used by the Fathers of the Church to describe the proper attitude of persons who possess anything towards persons in need. To quote Saint Ambrose: "You are not making a gift of your possessions to the poor person. You are handing over to him what is his. For what has been given in common for the use of all, you have arrogated to yourself. The world is given to all, and not only to the rich."
-Paul VI, Populorum Progressio, 23
"The needs of the poor take priority over the desires of the rich; the rights of workers over the maximization of profits; the preservation of the environment over uncontrolled industrial expansion; the production to meet social needs over production for military purposes".
-U.S. Bishops, Economic Justice for All, 94
Oh, how I would like a poor Church, and for the poor.
-Pope Francis, Address to Representatives of the Communication Media, 16 March 2013
I have always been distressed at the lot of those who are victims of various kinds of human trafficking. How I wish that all of us would hear God’s cry: “Where is your brother?” (Gen 4:9). Where is your brother or sister who is enslaved? Where is the brother and sister whom you are killing each day in clandestine warehouses, in rings of prostitution, in children used for begging, in exploiting undocumented labor. Let us not look the other way. There is greater complicity than we think. The issue involves everyone! This infamous network of crime is now well established in our cities, and many people have blood on their hands as a result of their comfortable and silent complicity.
-Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 211
Thoughts for Your Consideration
The son of the widow in Zarephath of Sidon gets sick and stops breathing. The only son of the widow in Nain has died and is being carried out of the city for burial. These two children of two women who lived thousands of years ago in some way represent the countless children of countless parents who have died from disease, hunger, war, terrorism, racism, and other forms of violence.
- The U.N. estimates that 400,000 people have been killed in the Syrian Civil War and as many at 14,000 are children.
- According to the World Health Organization 5.9 million children under the age of five died in 2015, or 16,000 every day.
- In 2015, the under-five mortality rate in low-income countries was 76 deaths per 1,000 live births – about 11 times the average rate in high-income countries (7 deaths per 1,000 live births).
The scriptures today bring home to us the sad deaths of young people from disease and violence. The widow in Zarephath voices her anger at the prophet and at God. The people of Nain walk with the widow as she buries her son. The prophet Elijah calls the child back to life. Jesus touches the coffin, stops the procession and calls the son back to life.
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