Jesus calls each of us to a personal union with himself and that union grows day by day in the intimacy of prayer. Jesus was also concerned with the larger world and calls his disciples to share his concern. He had a special care and compassion for those who lived on the margins of his world: the shepherds, the beggars, the public sinners. All of them were aliens among their own people. We can wonder who was responsible for their alienation. In many instances, the answer would be “their society and the people in power.” Jesus certainly criticized the injustices of the people in power. However the Gospels do not present Jesus as a modern revolutionary though some have tried to make him one.
Jesus wanted his Father’s justice in the hearts of all, beggar as well as ruler. His Father reconciles all who are in conflict. Though Jesus confronted, reconciliation was the core of his teaching. Jesus calls us to have his spirit.
Teach me, Lord, to understand what you are aiming at in every age proclaiming a preference for the poor. Protect me from losing sight of your kind of justice in healing the wounds of the world.