Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Building peace with justice

Building Peace with Justice is a brief, weekly bulletin reflection written by members of a Diocese of Rochester Public Policy sub-committee that links the Sunday readings to Catholic social teaching.  Many parishes publish them as space allows.

For Sunday Bulletins on Palm Sunday

Mass begins today with a joyful procession recalling Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.  Picture yourself among the crowd in Jerusalem that day.  You are surrounded by the poor and marginalized of the city; people who had been previously afraid to come forward now bravely welcome the one who brings them hope.  You have this feeling that society is on the verge of change.  However, just a few days later as Jesus hung on the cross, with the crowds gone, you feel that fear has won.

Justice and Peace work can be fearful; at times we may feel alone or overwhelmed.  However we must remember that the joy of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was not lost on Good Friday rather it led to the ultimate victory over fear on Easter.  

Reflection:  How have I let fear prevent me from taking action?  How can I take comfort in the promise of Easter?