" The just will live in the presence of the Lord."(Psalm 14)
Many indigenous cultures can appreciate the imagery of Psalm 15 as both tents and hills often have a sacred meaning - as did the entrance of the tent of Abraham in today's first reading (Gen 18: 1-10) When we say 'AMEN' at the end of a prayer, it expresses that all human beings are our brothers & sisters, and we all belong in the Holy Tent of the Great Spirit. All creatures - 2 & 4 legged, those that crawl, fly or swim - are our relatives. In fact, we are part of ALL creation - the sea, rocks & caves, the sky, tress, plants and hills - and how we act and behave every day has a bearing on all of creation and each other. Many indigenous cultures also understand that human beings are connected to creation, and so believe that any harm we do to creation, we do to each other. As St Paul says: 'If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together.' (1 Cor 12:26)
'God is Love' (1 Jn 4:8), so love for others must be central to our lives for all social activity. We need to be truthful, accept the freedom of other people and work for justice. But what is justice? The Catechism says that justice is the 'constant will to give their due to God and neighbour.' Above all we need justice and peace in our world today, for as Dan Assan (human rights advocate in Tel Aviv) said: 'There is no peace without freedom, no freedom without justice, no justice without love.'
Pope Francis Worldwide Prayer intention for July:
"Let us pray to the Holy Spirit that those who administer justice may work with integrity,
and that the injustice which prevails in the world may not have the last word." Amen
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