Spirituality

Justice

What is asked of me?

 

This week, as we continue reflecting on Justice, the question for us to ponder is:  What is asked of me?   In the ordinary everyday-ness of our lives, what is asked of us?  Last week I offered some thoughts on what justice is, how we understand justice in our Judaeo-Christian Tradition.  And this week I would like to offer some principles and practices that enable us to make justice real in our lives, what we might call a spirituality of justice, a way to God.  Each of these principles and practices will invite us into soul-searching and honesty.

The first thing to consider is that doing justice is not something we can choose to do or not do as Christians.  It is non-negotiable.  It is one of the defining characteristics of Christian life.  Jon Sobrino, who is a Latin American liberation theologian, says that the practice of justice is ultimately the criterion that determines whether or not we infact have real faith:

“If persons and communities follow Jesus and proclaim the Kingdom of God to the poor; if they strive for liberation from every kind of slavery; if they seek, for all human beings, especially for that immense majority of men and women who are crucified persons, a life in conformity with the dignity of daughters and sons of God; if they have the courage and forthrightness to speak the truth – if in the discipleship of Jesus, they effectuate their own conversion from being oppressor to being men and women of service  – if they do all this in the following and discipleship of Jesus because he did all this himself – then they believe in Jesus” (Jesus in Latin America).  

 

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Ms Kerry McCullough

Spirituality and Liturgy Coordinator