Mark, as any good pastor would, uses Jesus stories circulating in oral tradition to help a community understand how the gospel is “good news”… even in the face of catastrophe and persecution.
Formation: Systemic change
Parents learn quickly the power of story as a pacifier. But the stories also shape values. Stories and the lived stories of our example are how we learn our values. Jesus knew the power of stories! Do you really want to change things? Tell a story!
Martha Justice Ministry is a continuation of how the Marthas live Gospel Hospitality through social justice and creation care.
We are people with a mission…to do what Jesus did. Pople who use the skills of their profession in frontline “field hospitals” or mobilize those who are committed to “seeking long-term solutions.”
Think about the hot button issues of the day: Police reform, Climate change, Poverty, Homelessness, Election reform, Systemic racism, #metoo… Tou name it. People are calling for more than just quick but temporary fixes. People are calling for systemic reform.
We are called to help our neighbours to change the circumstances of their lives by helping them remove the barriers which keep which keep them in poverty.
When will we really buy into the systemic change of thinking Jesus came to show us?
Over the next several weeks the liturgy, drawing from the Acts of the Apostles, presents selected stories of ordinary people who coped with severe polarization some 2,000 years ago.
The Commission on the Promotion of Systemic Change provided a one day zoom workshop for the Daughters of Charity of the Province of St. Louise, USA.
Let us live for today and tomorrow. Let us remember and learn from these tragedies and let us add some good memories for now and always.
Part Four: In recent years there has been considerable discussion and at times some confusion over the topics of The preferential option for the poor, systemic change and our Vincentian charism.
At first glance, it may seem like quite a stretch to connect Ash Wednesday, Valentine’s Day and Systemic Change. But hear me out. Actually, it is not that hard.