Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Parable and Conscience Meditation December 26

Poverty  December 26

The administration of the finances of the Region is at the service of the members of the Region and the entire ministry of evangelization and human development (Congolese Regional Statutes, Intro., 9.1).

After the Incarnation, all human aspirations merit respect.  All efforts for the economic, political, social and religious development that foster human dignity are supported.  Art, communication, education and technology, among other things, are cultivated as expressions of that same dignity.  When the Word became flesh, he embraced the whole human condition to save it.  Taking our flesh, he has never given it up.  It is the same humanity that is present before the Father for all eternity.  In fact, we ourselves remain forever corporal in the resurrection of our bodies.  In this life, even our finances participate in bringing to fullness the creation of the new heavens and the new earth.  Money is first a resource to support those collaborating in the mission, that is, the confreres who commit themselves soul and body to the Reign of God.  Money is also a power to use with wisdom to influence change in the social order.  It is a pastoral instrument.

If you have been given strong teeth, it’s for digging up pebbles.  (African proverb)

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