Peace and Justice
From the US Bishops: "The Church's social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. Modern Catholic social teaching has been articulated through a tradition of papal, conciliar, and episcopal documents."
Our Commission dedicates itself to understanding the Social Teaching of the Church and identifying opportunities to promote a world that reflects the Peace and Justice of the Kingdom of God.
Our Peace and Justice Scripture focus for 2021 is Luke's story of Zacchaeus: “Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way. When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said to him,“Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for todayI must stay at your house.`` And he came down quickly and received him with joy.When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to stay atthe house of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord,“Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house because this man too is a descendant of Abraham. For the Son of Manhas come to seek and to save what was lost.”
Finally, may Christ inflame the desires of all men to break through the barriers which divide them, to strengthen the bonds of mutual love, to learn to understand one another, and to pardon those who have done them wrong. Through His power and inspiration may all peoples welcome each other to their hearts as brothers, and may the peace they long for ever flower and ever reign among them.
– Pope St John XXXIII in his Encyclical, Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth) #171