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Matthew 5: 3-10. The Beatitudes.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for what is right”
Luke 10:25-29. The parable of the Good Samaritan.
“Go and Do Likewise”
Matthew 8:1-4. The healing of the Leper.
Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.
Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 53
“Just as the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say “thou shalt not” to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills. How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? This is a case of exclusion. Can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving? This is a case of inequality. Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape.
Human beings are themselves considered consumer goods to be used and then discarded. We have created a “throw away” culture which is now spreading. It is no longer simply about exploitation and oppression, but something new. Exclusion ultimately has to do with what it means to be a part of the society in which we live; those excluded are no longer society’s underside or its fringes or its disenfranchised – they are no longer even a part of it. The excluded are not the “exploited” but the outcast, the “leftovers”.
Pope Francis speaking in Philadelphia of the Sexual Abuse of minors
“The people who had the responsibility to take care of these tender ones violated that trust and caused them great pain...
Those who have survived this abuse have become true heralds of mercy. Humbly we owe each of them our gratitude...”