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BE PEACE AND JUSTICE
It seems that much of Christianity has strayed from Jesus' teachings and example of living. Sts. Francis and Clare and others understood the teachings very well. They demonstrated a simple life style outside of the rat race of productivity and consumption (real meaning of poverty). Thus they identified more with the marginalized and despised in society. With this mindset, acts of peace and justice come from within us as we become peace and justice.
Being peace and justice requires meditation, reflection and repentance (change of heart and actions). Quieting our minds with deep breathing, thinking about what Jesus wants for me, reading Scripture attending worship and classes, reflecting on the life of Jesus and how he was peace and justice will change us into people who can live a life of love and justice. The radical change starts with us. The song says it well, "let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me."
As we become peace and justice we move away from negativity and judgment of others; we do not see people new to this country and the homeless as threats. We live close to the marginal edge and identify with them and their needs. Even when we live simply and are peace and justice we still live in systems that promote consumerism and conspicuous consumption. It seems that evil hides in systems, organizations and institutions more than in individuals.
When we are peace and justice the evils in systems do not lure us back and gives us the courage to confront these` systems.
I am indebted to an article on this subject by Fr. Richard Rohr.
May God bless our time, ministry and witness together.
Pastor Ron Zielske