Peace & Justice

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

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Building Peace with Justice

Building Peace with Justice is a brief, weekly bulletin reflection on Catholic social teaching written by members of a Rochester Diocese Public Policy sub-committee. This is the reflection for July 5.

As baptized Christians the Gospel is a two-fold gift to us. It is our guide and strength as we navigate a faith-centered life, and it is our work, which is the building of the reign of God. As we live and preach the message of the Gospel, we can also expect resistance to the message. We will face our own weaknesses, we will face those who revolt against the message, and like Jesus, we may be rejected by those we love and respect the most. Living the Gospel is hard work with no guarantees of success. In the face of resistance, Mother Theresa urged us to "Be kind anyway, love anyway, be good anyway." This Gospel living is between you and God and God is carrying you always.

Reflection: Is your eye on God and living the Gospel?