Justice Reflections From Fr. Claude Mostowik

Thirteen Sunday of the Year June 28, 2020

A number of themes emerge from this week’s readings. A common thread is of God’s continuous care, presence and protection. Paul reminds us that we are called to embrace a life founded in ‘righteousness’.

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Justice Reflections From Fr. Claude Mostowik

12th Sunday of the Year 2020

Some years ago I read how a woman, a religious sister, who was involved in care for people living with HV/AIDS. She told about her father’s physical and psychological abuse. In one line, in defiant self-talk said: ‘There is one part of me you cannot touch’. Despite maltreatment, she knew as a young girl that she had value in herself despite her treatment. Like many people who are or have been oppressed, many have a sense that their lives cannot be defined by those who try to control them. A profoundly powerful expression of this was in the May 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart by Australia’s First Nations people who would no longer allow themselves to be counted but demanding a voice.

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Justice Reflections From Fr. Claude Mostowik

Body and Blood of Christ

Reflections on the readings

Jesus was crucified because of the company he kept and the people he ate with. Eating together is a significant human activity. Stories and lives are shared. Relationships are renewed and strengthened. We are continually reminded that God is social, a God of relationship. Any spirituality or theology that disconnects us from the concerns of the world and contemporary social concerns should be dismissed.

 

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Justice Reflections From Fr. Claude Mostowik

Solemnity of the Trinity

For some months we have heard about ‘social distancing’ and the need for it. It is wrong to call it that. It should be physical or spatial distancing. It suggests a violent attitude. But social distancing is not a new phenomenon. It was enforced upon us prior to the current pandemic by government policies with regard to asylum seekers as well as detaining them, people who are poor, homeless or unemployed.

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Justice Reflections From Fr. Claude Mostowik

Solemnity of Pentecost May 31, 2020

In 1938, Albert Camus expressed his concern that as preparations for the World War II were underway, the number of victims grew, and as fear spread, the Church seemed unconscionably silent. When it did speak out it was obtuse or abstract.

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