Today’s readings remind us that we are all called to practice justice. In order to take the focus off of ourselves and be aware of others and so practice justice, we need to pray. Prayer makes us aware that all of humanity is part of God’s flock, “he who made both one and broke down the dividing wall of enmity through his flesh”. Prayer also encourages gratitude, because it helps us see that all that we are and all that we have are gifts from God to be received, honored and shared.
Leaders and all people are called to do what is right (practice justice) so that all may “return to the meadow” mentioned in Jeremiah. As Psalm 23 tells us, everyone shares in the bounty of the Lord and “shall not want”.
The Gospel invites us to a time in a “deserted place” with the Lord, where our hearts too will be “moved with pity” to give a response to those who suffer and so take- up the cause of justice. Practicing justice will bring about the well-being of our planet and of all peoples and establish the peace that the Lord offers us.
A careful reading of Pope Francis’ latest Encyclical “Laudato Si” can enlighten the deeper meaning of today’s readings.
Fr. Joseph Jablonski, MSC