On any day of the week, people in our diocese, of Catholic faith, take a role in social justice. We take up collections to support people who need help; we take a stand through prayers while promoting the dignity of each life, and we feed the hungry though missions or food banks many of our communities sponsor. These examples show the Church’s role in social justice.
In James we read, “If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,’ but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
Could you imagine if Jesus would have turned his back on the hungry thousands of people who gathered to hear His words? He would have never said, “Fend for yourself.” Rather, the loaves and fishes were multiplied through faith. God in His glory fed the masses — those who hungered for our Lord’s words and hungered physically.
It is important for Catholics to know their Church and her teachings. It is important to know the truths of our faith and to incorporate our faith into our daily lives, not just a Sunday obligation, but an everyday obligation. Living the Church’s definition of social justice is living as Jesus taught each of us to live.