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Transcript of Formation
to be like Jesus? Jesus prayed in silence Jesus
traveled Jesus performed
miracles Jesus died
on the cross Jesus is
Messiah Christ's Spirituality is a Balanced Spirituality Act Justly Love
tenderly Walk humbly
with your God Micah 6:8 “Starts with an awareness of God’s care personally for me” “To find oneself converted religiously
is to experience a sense of forgiveness." Interpersonal, moral conversion Being other-centered Treating everybody with respect
Our love to be modeled
on the enduring
that God shows Enable the poor to experience
God as their God Political conversion A just society Evangelization and Temporal Liberation "...that in evangelization one could or should ignore
the importance of the problems so much discussed today,
concerning justice, liberation, development and peace
in the world.
This would be to forget the lesson which
comes to us from the Gospel concerning love
of our neighbor who is suffering and in need" Sin Integral
Evangelization "The disordered sense of value from the outside meets the internal tendency to choose the lesser value in situations of choice or to act for mere satisfaction rather than for value.” Double
Christology MORAL IMPERATIVE: convey the nearness
of God's Kingdom through
your words and deeds "The resurrection is the strongest
possible sign that God can really
be trusted to have the last say." Preferential Option
for the Poor Show God's eternal
LOVE (Evangelii Nuntiandi) (Dorr) (O' Keefe) Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.
He will not cry or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;
a bruised reed he will not break,
and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.
He will not grow faint or be crushed
until he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his teaching. (Isaiah 42:1-4) Social sin Prayer and religious conversion But if someone who is supposed to be a Christian has money enough to live well, and sees a brother in need, and won't help him--how can God's love be within him? Little children, let us stop just saying we love people; let us really love them, and show it by our actions. Then we will know for sure, by our actions, that we are on God's side, and our consciences will be clear, even when we stand before the Lord. (1 John 3:17-19) But when you give a banquet, invite the poor,
the crippled, the lame, the blind. (Luke 14: 13) Symbol of the reign of God Jesus' love for the world finds
its highest expression in the
gift of his life for mankind (cf. Jn 15:13),
which manifests the love which the Father
has for the world (cf. Jn 3:16).
You are loved. Walk humbly
with your God Walk humbly
with your God Love
tenderly Willingness to expose oneself/be vulnerable by trusting Expanding yourself
to include others In the midst of uncertainty, love itself is your certainty. Love
Conversion Changing of Social
Structures We are called to
be prophets. (Gutierrez)
Prophetic voice God of love is calling me. My response.
Actions, righteous indignation.. Why should I keep fighting for a just society? For the rights of the marginalized? Is there even hope?
Christology Descending Ascending (Johnson) Human nature raised
to a dignity
beyond compare Descent of the Word into the world Descending "If as a result the human dignity of each
person has been raised to a value beyond compare, sealed with the very blood of Christ,
then following the way of its Lord
the church must also have as primary concern
the promotion of the dignity of human beings." incorporating social justice
into the mission of the Church Message and examples of Jesus
in the New Testament The core of Christian revelation about God is that God
is gracious and benevolent toward God’s creatures. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' (Matthew 25: 35-40) Theological
grounding Full of realization
of God's love Preferential Option
for the Poor "God is on the side of the poor because, with respect to their
poverty and the damage it causes, they are most in need." Preferential Option
for the Poor 1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]
2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
8 “For I, the LORD, love justice;
I hate robbery and wrongdoing.
In my faithfulness I will reward my people
and make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 Their descendants will be known among the nations
and their offspring among the peoples.
All who see them will acknowledge
that they are a people the LORD has blessed.”
The “Church of the Poor” is one that will be in
solidarity with the poor.
It will collaborate with the poor themselves
and with others to lift up the poor from their poverty.
“The Church encompasses with her love all those who are afflicted by human misery and she recognizes
in those who are poor and who suffer
the image of her poor and suffering
founder. She does all in her power to relieve their need and in them she strives to serve Christ.”
(PCP II, 1992)
Hope is offered
by God. Especially where
it is most threatened
to be hidden.. "God, why didn't you do something about it?" "I did.
I made you." To have a
heart.. A heart that freely loves.. To
His To announce,
by your words and deeds,
that though there is so much sin and brokenness... God has not forgotten.
God loves. We have not forgotten.
We love. Isaiah 61
The Year of the
Choosing to do the right thing. God asks us to be His
presence in the
world. Continue Christ's work Evangelization and Temporal Liberation
Thy will be done on earth
as it is in heaven
What does it mean
to be like Jesus? Commission on Social Action-- Justice and Peace
Diocese of Borongan Micah 6: 8 On the side of the poor with regard to their needs There is greater value to fighting than winning.
Maybe winning doesn't even have anything to do with it.