This semester we are looking at Social Justice. In order to open up this semester for the teens, we must have a clear understanding of what Social Justice is in our own mind.
So often when we think of Social Justice, activities come to mind. Going to the homeless shelter, feeding the hungry, or cleaning out our closets to donate clothes we do not need anymore are a few activities that come to mind. All these activities in themselves are good things, but they do not really hit at the heart of what Social Justice is about and how we are called to be a witness of Christ in the world.
Justice in the eyes of God looks different then our idea of justice in today’s society. Often the world sees justice as punishment. The justice system consists of police, judges, court and a jury. But in the eyes of the Church, justice has a deeper meaning. Justice is the moral virtue that consists in the constant and firm will to give their due to God and neighbor (CCC 1807).
- What is your understanding of Justice?
- How is the view of God’s justice different than that of the world’s view?
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?” And Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all you mind… And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:36-39)