Engaging Faith | Thu, Nov 17, 2016
Twenty-Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time [c]
September 25, 2016
Amos 6:1a, 4-7
1 Timothy 6:11-16
September 26: International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
September 27: Feast of St. Vincent de Paul, known as the “Great Apostle of Charity”
October 1: International Day of Older Persons
October 2: Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday and International Day of Non-Violence
October 2: Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) begins at sunset
October 2: Respect Life Sunday
Individual initiative alone and the mere free play of competition could never assure successful development. One must avoid the risk of increasing still more the wealth of the rich and the dominion of the strong, whilst leaving the poor in their misery and adding to the servitude of the oppressed.
- Pope Paul IV, On the Development of Peoples, 33
Distributive justice requires that the allocation of income, wealth, and power in society be evaluated in light of its effects on persons whose basic material needs are unmet.
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Economic Justice for All
The God of life summons us to life; more, to be life givers, especially toward those who lie under the heel of the powers.
- Daniel Berrigan
If religion has so neglected the needs of the poor and of the great mass of workers and permitted them to live in the most horrible destitution while comforting them with the solace of a promise of a life after death when all tears shall be wiped away, then that religion is suspect. Who would believe such Job's comforters? On the other hand, if those professing religion shared the life of the poor and worked to better their lot and risked their lives as revolutionaries do, and trade union organizers have done in the past, then there is a ring of truth about the promises of the glory to come. The cross is followed by the resurrection.
- Dorothy Day
Sophia pitches her tent in the midst of the world; This is profoundly good news for persons who are poor, denigrated, oppressed, struggling, victimized, and questing for life and the fullness of life, the majority of whom are women their dependent children.
- Elizabeth Johnson C.S.J., She Who Is, 150
While the income of a minority is increasing exponentially, that of the majority is crumbling. This imbalance results from ideologies which uphold the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation, and thus deny the right of control to States, which are charged with providing for the common good. A new, invisible and at times virtual, tyranny is established, one which unilaterally and irremediably imposes its own laws and rules.
- Pope Francis, Address to New Vatican Ambassadors, 16 May 2013
Thoughts for Your Consideration
The scriptures today focus on the “chasm” that can exist between those who are rich and those who are poor – between those who have lots of power and control and those who have little power and control – between those who are like Lazarus and those who are like the rich man.
Catholic Social Teaching reminds us of God’s invitation to have a special concern for the poor – a special option for those who are in any way poor and powerless or in need.
Catholic social teaching challenges us to aware of and to do away with the chasms which divide our world and its people. We must allow the word and spirit of God to help us to bridge the “chasms” that divide us and not to create more “chasms.”
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