Jesus’ Compassionate Heart
“‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.”
As we turn our calendars to November, we also turn our attention to the great social justice stream that flows from the heart of Jesus. His compassionate and merciful heart challenges us to break out of ourselves and consider the world we live in. During his ministry, Jesus reached out to those who were the most vulnerable of his society. We must do the same. God sent prophets to his people to call them to live out the covenant demands to care for the “widows and orphans.” We must heed the call of the prophets.
Our Popes and Bishops continue to remind us of this great social justice tradition of the church which flows from the heart of the Gospel. Recently, Pope Francis wrote:
“Our defense of the innocent unborn, for example, needs to be clear, firm and passionate, for at stake is the dignity of a human life, which is always sacred and demands love for each person, regardless of his or her stage of development. Equally sacred, however, are the lives of the poor, those already born, the destitute, the abandoned and the underprivileged, the vulnerable infirm and elderly exposed to covert euthanasia, the victims of human trafficking, new forms of slavery, and every form of rejection. We cannot uphold an ideal of holiness that would ignore injustice in a world where some revel, spend with abandon and live only for the latest consumer goods, even as others look on from afar, living their entire lives in abject poverty.” (GE #101 emphasis added)
As we reflect on the Social Justice Tradition this month. We remember that a disciple of Jesus lives a compassionate life. They seek justice, compassion, and peace in every area of life from the personal to the social to the global. The activities of a disciple are motivated by the love of God and neighbor Jesus’ taught (Cf. Mk. 12:31). Disciples work to bring all relationships into harmony, unity, and balance.
Together, let us grow as disciples who live out of the compassionate heart of Jesus!
Parish Pastoral Leader