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Transcript of Social Justice
We're saving our own lives."
What is social justice?
Real Life Situations
We Are The World
On Judgement Day, Jesus will come and separate the sheep, who are “the good people” or “the chosen ones” from the goats, who are the wicked, and the sinful. Jesus states that those who performed acts of kindness unto the marginalized of society are his sheep. He also states that those who ignored the marginalized are the goats. The way in which one treats the marginalized is how we treat God. Therefore, those who do good towards the outcasts of society, do good to God, and thus receive salvation. Those who do the opposite, according to Jesus, will receive damnation.
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory…he will separate them from one another”.
CCC: “Judgement Day will occur when Christ will come in glory to achieve the definitive triumph of good over evil”.
acceptance or refusal
Jesus will judge us
“and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.”
“the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father…For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink… I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’
“the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink?”
The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’
"brothers of Mine" - does not refer to blood-related brothers, but all human beings
"least of " my brothers - all human beings that are in need
CCC - “not excluding the rich variety of persons, cultures
and peoples, assures us that all men are truly brethren”
"fear, pride, and prejudice will cease only through the charity that finds in every man a ‘neighbor’, and a brother”.
Justice extends not only all our Christian brothers, or
Canadian brothers, or brothers of our race, but to ALL people in this world
“to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them,”
‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’
'Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?'
Matthew 25:31-46 (ESV)
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
What is YOUR definition of
What does society say about social justice?
1. For the people in countries that are suffering, may their faith in God remain.
- Take Action
- Golden Rule
- Give to charity (best of your own ability)
- Don't judge
You cannot expect someone to do it for you
You must take action
Praying/thinking isn't enough
Injustice will never go away if you don't act
You will be judged by your actions & no one else's
"Do unto others as you would have
them do unto you"
Following this rule will provide an
exceptional quality of life
The world will become a better
Judge by the content of character, not skin colour, social class, religious beliefs, or nationality
Physical characteristics or social factors should not influence our actions toward others.
For e.g. when hiring for a job, admitting to an universitiy, or helping others.
We should appreciate our unique difference because we are made in the image of God.
jus·tice noun \'jəs-təs\
- the process or result of using laws to fairly judge and punish crimes and criminals
- the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness
Only God can judge
Not to judge people
based on appearances
Good will always prevail over
Giving back to the community
Give generously for the cause of God
Charity is not intended to be publicized!
Justifying their actions
Responsible for their choices
"the cursed" - those who looked down on their fellow humans
that which we do unto to others, we do to Jesus
the "cursed" did not do good unto Jesus through the poor
instead, the cursed chose to exhault themselves
Luke 14:11 "For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (NIV)
Lord Jesus, Carpenter and King, supreme Sovereign of all men, look with tender mercy upon the multitudes of our day who bear the indignities of injustice everywhere. Raise up leaders in every land dedicated to Your standards of order, equity, and justice. Grant unto us, Lord Jesus, the grace to be worthy members of Your Mystical Body, laboring unceasingly to fulfill our vocation in the social apostolate of Your Church. Sharpen our intellects to pierce the pettiness of prejudice; to perceive the beauty of true human brotherhood. Guide our minds to a meaningful understanding of the problems of the poor, of the oppressed, of the unemployed, of all in need of assistance anywhere. Guide our hearts against the subtle lure of earthly things and undue regard for those who possess them. May we hunger and thirst after justice always.
Most people, who claim Christ as their Lord, do little to nothing in service to Christ. For example those that need Christian hours only do it because of the mandatory requirement to graduate. Yet we one has to rationalize to serve God, since we are human beings and we have the will to choose. We have to realize that when we are in Christ we are called to serve others. This does not affect our salvation, but demonstrates our sincerity and heart. In doing the Christian hours we have to be radical in our service and mature in our attitude and faith. We have to serve the other with love and without seeking a return.
This parable is about the coming, final, inescapable Judgment, where the sheep and goat will be separated, the foolish will be separated from the wise. It is about evaluation and separation of the good and the bad. Those who are faithful will be praised and the unfaithful will suffer. An example would be that many people go to church and follow the commandments claim to be Christians. But many people are not living in the Spirit, these are those that believe that a Christian is determined through what they do and not see the true meaning, not seeing Christ is within us. This relates to the goats who hang with the sheep, but they are pretenders that trust in themselves and not in God. This means that if all you see and devote in your life is yourself, your work, or material goods, you are the goat that will be separated since you have lost the love and faith in God. Or rather the sheep is the one who loves the Lord with all one’s heart soul, mind, and strength and whose identity is in Christ. Therefore when we go to Church or say we follow the commandments, we have to understand and devote our life to God.
“And it's time to
lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all”
“We can't go on pretending day by day
That someone, somewhere will soon make a change
We all are a part of God's great big family
And the truth, you know,
Love is all we need.”
“We are the world, we are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let's start giving”
Original Source: Catholic Prayer Book by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J., Eternal Life, February 15, 1999
Taken from Catholic Online
2. For women who are unfairly treated, may they be given their proper rights.
3. For the people in this world who serve generously, may they be blessed and continue their good works.
4. For the people who were affected in the Philippines, may the relief goods be distributed fairly.
5. For Nelson Mandela who fought and served as a great leader for the rights of the people, may his memories remain in our hearts.
R: We pray to the Lord
No second thoughts
Goodness within every individual
Prayer for Social Justice