Saturday, April 16, 2011

faith justice

today's reading for Holy Communion from the RCL is John 11.45-57



         grey noon
          ~four mallards flying low


In our Gospel reading today, the authorities see Jesus as a threat and plot to kill him. People are always doing what they think is best - often with disastrous results. The government of Japan tries to give the people the energy they need; now they have a nuclear crisis, which may have consequences for generations to come. The people of Ireland borrowed from the banks like there was no tomorrow; but tomorrow has dawned and brought with it a debt burden that may cripple the grandchildren of those who borrowed.

When things are going wrong, the solution is often presented as a justice issue. Christian Aid has launched a tax justice campaign to deal with overseas companies making their businesses in developing countries appear unprofitable through sharp accounting practices and thereby avoiding taxes in the incredibly poor countries that are generating their profits. Barack Obama is talking about climate justice to get the rich countries to understand the unfairness of how the pollution generated by the rich has the heaviest impact on the poor. In Ireland there are mutterings of what we might term mortgage justice, the idea that it is wrong that people should be burdened beyond their capacity by debt for which the lender and wider society bear a large portion of the responsibility.

Perhaps what we need also is faith justice. People have been told that their faith is a private matter that should not impact on their public lives that they bought into it. The result is that what they believe, and the moral values they hold as a result, is not feeding into the decision making process. Faith justice would have called halt to the greed that fed the Celtic tiger, the lack of love for our brothers and sisters that feeds climate change and exploitation of the developing world. And unlike Tax Justice or Climate Justice a person doesn't have to wait for big business or big government to start the ball rolling - they can start it themselves, one person at a time. We are all responsible for the making our own decisions according to the values we claim to ascribe to. Perhaps it is time we started putting that into practice for the good of all.


  1. Thanks Jackie - I had a quick peek at your profile; I am amazed you have time to even read blogs, never mind blog yourself! Keep soldiering on and every blessing to you this Passiontide.