The middle school youth will discover the call to be in solidarity with our brothers and sisters all around the world.
In the book of Genesis, Cain becomes jealous of how God treats Abel and plots to kill his brother. After carrying out this horrific deed, God comes to Cain and asks him where Abel is. Cain’s response: “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” (4:9).
This question is at the heart of the Christian virtue of solidarity. Through solidarity, we understand that we belong to one human family. St. Paul taught that, “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12). This is affirmed in the Catechism, “‘This law of human solidarity and charity’, without excluding the rich variety of persons, cultures and peoples, assures us that all men are truly brethren” (336).