The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ
A theme Pope Francis often returns to is solidarity – a global solidarity, rich and poor, derived from recognising that we are children of God. This is clearly linked to the eucharist and the church which build and reinforce this recognition to draw people together. This recognition includes the responsibility to live in in solidarity with rich and poor - and caring for each other. As Jesus give us the bread, his body, we also experience ‘God's solidarity’ with humanity. Jesus shares our journey, and becomes bread for the journey in our service, sharing and giving – ‘what little we have, what little we are, if shared, becomes wealth, because the power of God, which is love, descends into our poverty to transform it. (Pope Francis).Read more
Today’s feast really is simple. Although some people may want to engage in some intellectual dogmatic discourse, we are invited into a down-to-earth reflection on God as well as ourselves as disciples. In Jesus, God is not only ‘for us’ but ‘with us’ and ‘within us.’ This feast of relationship and connection challenges every attempt to individualism and thus avoid care and responsibility. God is not solitary or unrelated but active and continually connecting with us. Ronald Rolheiser says:Read more
Preserving Jobs and Businesses in Challenging Times
Mainstream criticism of capitalism continues as its unethical foundations are exposed in the unequal way wealth is distributed and the planet's ecosystems destroyed. Crucially since the Global Financial Crisis (2007-2009) there have been no new policy initiatives to address these damaging effects of macro neo-liberal economics. In order to face this problem going forward we need to come to accept, as a society, that we are using the wrong business model - the extractive limited liability company.