So there we have it!!
This summary makes it absolutely clear what we are called to do
We do not take other people’s property
There is a right to private property
The universal destination of goods
The resources of this world are meant to meet the needs of this world
If that is the case, then we might need to have our lens reshaped
When we did Bible in a Year, it gave us a Biblical worldview
This is what Catechism in a Year is doing as well
It is giving us a Scriptural and Catholic worldview, which is meant to be the worldview of God Himself
How does God look at the world?
How does God look at stuff?
How does God look at labor?
How does God look at Creation?
How does God look at need?
How does God look at the poor?
We have a right to private property because we have dignity
We have a right not to have that property stolen
If that property is stolen, then you have a right to reparation and restitution of stolen goods
If you steal someone else’s stuff, you have a duty to give them reparation or give them back their stuff
Human beings, with their dignity, may never be enslaved or treated like merchandise
Human beings are always meant to be loved
Things are meant to be used
It is never the other way around
We are meant to treat animals with kindness
We can have just use of animals provided that we remember that we are stewards
By their very existence, animals bless and glorify God
Paragraph 2458 says, “The Church makes a judgment about economic and social matters when the fundamental rights of the person or the salvation of souls requires it. She is concerned with the temporal common good of men because they are ordered to the sovereign God, their ultimate end.”
How we live this life matters for Eternity
If people are being objectified and trodden upon…
If people are not being lifted up and not treated as individuals made in God’s image…
Then the Church will weigh in
If those economic systems are unjust, the Church will weigh in
Because that has to do with the dignity of the rights of the human person and the salvation of souls
Paragraph 2459 says, “Man is himself the author, center, and goal of all economic and social life. The decisive point of the social question is that goods created by God for everyone should in fact reach everyone in accordance with justice and with the help of charity.”
All labor has value and is a gift
Jesus worked with His hands for years as a carpenter
The Greek word that is used in Scripture for how Jesus and Joseph made their living is “TEKTON”
It can mean “craftsman”
It also simply means “laborer”
It could mean someone who works in wood or someone who works in stone
Let’s listen to Fr. Mike talk about a book written by Fr. Benedict Groeschel that is about Joseph…
Jesus and Joseph carried rocks all day
Paragraph 2460 says, “The primordial value of labor stems from man himself, its author and beneficiary. By means of his labor man participates in the work of creation. Work united to Christ can be redemptive.”
There is no such thing as work that is beneath you
Before God Himself preached and healed and saved the world, He worked as a tekton, carpenter, mason, and a guy who carried rocks
God Himself has sanctified all labor
God has a preferential option for those who are the weakest and most vulnerable among us
God has a preferential option for the poor
Paragraph 2463 says, “How can we not recognize Lazarus, the hungry beggar in the parable (cf. Lk 17:19-31), in the multitude of human beings without bread, a roof or a place to stay? How can we fail to hear Jesus: ‘As you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me’ (Mt 25:45)?”
Lazarus was ignored by the rich man
Lazarus ended up in a place of peace in Abraham’s bosom
The rich man was in a place of torment because he saw Lazarus and ignored him
Who are the people around me who are in need?
I don’t want to ignore Jesus
I don’t want to see Jesus in “the distressing disguise of the poor” (Mother Teresa) and just walk by him
If that’s Jesus, I don’t want to miss him
So what do we do?
What do we do when we see the Lord in the distressing disguise of the poor?
Do we stop every time we see a person on the side of the road?
Do we stop every time and give something to someone every time they ask for it?
If this was Jesus asking me, what would I say?
The challenge is to see Him in the least of these
Fr. Mike is praying FOR YOU!!
Please pray for Fr. Mike and for each other!!
I cannot WAIT…