Sunday Readings: 2 Maccabees 7.1-2, 9-14; 2 Thessalonians 2.16-3.5; Luke 20.27-38
For U. S, citizens debate fatigue has nearly exhausted us during this election year. Jesus, however, continues debating in Sunday’s Gospel. This Sunday the topic is resurrection. Jesus goes each day to the Temple courts and interacts with the religious and political groups of his time. He shows himself a skilled rabbi, able to interpret and argue from the Israel’s scriptures. In Jewish tradition learning is communal. Students question, argue, and debate with one another. Questions invite curiosity and broaden thinking. Conversations can transform us.
Talking religion and politics challenges us to keep conversation civil and constructive. Both democracy and Catholic social teaching require thinking together, hearing more than ourselves, and learning the needs of people left out. The common good requires the hard work of weighing and balancing competing needs. Democracy requires Christians to participate not only on election day but on every day our society needs us to speak and act.
How do you use the bible in making life decisions? How do you use the scriptures and Catholic social teaching in discerning the needs of our nation?
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