The Perspective of
17th Sunday of Ordinary Time
July 24, 2016
as a Church are dedicated to the search for a better world,
but todays liturgy challenges us to push that dedication
to its limit. Ask for a better world, Jesus says, and you
shall receive; seek a better world and you shall find; knock
at the door of a better world and it shall be opened to you. “For
whoever asks, receives; whoever seeks, finds; whoever knocks,
The problem is in part lack of faith in the God who “gives power and strength
to his people.” The problem is also a lack of Christians personally committed
to the pursuit of justice and peace.
What if there were only fifty people working
for justice? God would not let us be destroyed. What if there were only thirty
people working for peace? God would not let us be destroyed. What if only ten
were working for justice and peace? God would not let us be destroyed. The problem
is that there are not even those ten.
“Should not the judge of all the world act with justice?” He will indeed, and those who do not join in that ‘action
with justice’ will suffer the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation
of the world fully appear to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel, or, in
other words, of the Churchs mission for the redemption of the human race and its liberation from every oppressive situation.
Synod of Bishops, Justice in the World: 1971:6
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