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Responding to God's Invitation to Advocate for Justice and Peace

I love you and I am inviting you to advocate for Justice and Peace, love God

"If you want peace, work for justice.”  Pope Paul VI


Heavenly Father, You have called us to be “the voice of one crying out in the desert.”  You have asked us to give comfort to your people.

We are mindful of the injustice, discrimination, prejudice and hatred in our world. Although there is little we can do to remedy these global offenses,   we can examine ourselves to identify our own biases. Give us the Spirit of Wisdom to recognize the injustice close to us and the ways we may have contributed to that injustice. 

Show us how to advocate for the marginalized among us. Grant us the courage of Jesus so that we may stand up and speak out when we see others being wounded. Help us to make justice and peace a priority within ourselves, our families, and  our parish. 

We proclaim that in this place, in this parish, Jesus is alive welcoming the lost and leading us all to lives of merciful compassion; We ask this through Christ, our LORD, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit as one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Questions for Reflection:

Based on Matthew 25: 35-40, what would Jesus say about the social justice issues of today?

What current social issues do I have a passion about? Make a commitment to learn more about the Church’s positions regarding this issue. (USCCB.org)

What specific activities can I perform to advocate for justice and peace?

Thoughts for Reflection: 

"Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute.  Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.”  Proverbs 31:8-9

 “Learn to do right, seek justice.  Defend the oppressed.  Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”  Isaiah 1:17.

Advocate for Justice and Peace …

 Advocacy is the active support of an idea or cause expressed through strategies and methods that influence the opinions and decisions of people and organizations.  At the core of our Catholic faith is a commitment to work on behalf of and with those marginalized by our society:  the hungry, sick, poor, prisoners, strangers, and powerless people (Matt: 25:44).  Jesus’ life provides the model by which we are to work for justice and peace in our world.

  • He modeled servant leadership and suffered.
  • He did not use force to gain what He wanted.
  • He associated with others, especially those on the edges of society.
  • He trained others to carry out His work.
  • He challenged corruption, hypocrisy and injustice in Jewish society.
  • He taught love for enemies.
  • He obeyed the law of the land.
  • He understood that being right before God was more important than being popular.

 Ways to advocate for Justice and Peace

  •  Ask yourself what voice do you have that others may not?
  • Vote for issues that support justice and peace.
  • Contact your legislators.
  • Do you have a platform—a blog, your church, your neighborhood, your family---where you can be an advocate for justice and peace.
  • Pray for justice and peace!

 Resources to learn about advocating for Justice and Peace

  • Catholic Social Teaching
  • The Little Book of Biblical Justice:  A fresh Approach to the Bible’s Teaching on Justice, by Chris Marshall
  • Global Soccer Mom:  challenging the World is Easier Than you Think, by Shayne Moore.
  • The Peacelab podcast--