The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor. Do We?

Reflection for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN Board Member, Sr. Margaret Magee, OSF

This reflection was originally posted in our October 21st newsletter


It is always a good and important practice to sit, read and reflect on the readings for the upcoming Sunday celebration of Eucharist. In this way we are not hearing the readings for the first time as we gather for Mass, rather earlier in the week we create the space within us to ponder and allow the scriptures to dwell, to speak to our hearts and to call us to conversion. Our readings for this Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time are especially important as they call us to a deeper understanding of God’s justice.

Clearly, we hear the words of Sirach, “The Lord is a God of justice…who hears the cry of the oppressed.” After this first reading, many of us will join in singing the familiar and popular hymn, “The Lord hears the cry of the poor, blessed be the Lord.” In the gospel, none of us will likely identify ourselves with the Pharisee and his prayer, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity.’ We want to believe that we are on the right side of justice, living with a conscious care for those who are poor, for the dignity of all people and that we are working and advocating against environmental injustices and for the care and protection of our Sister, Mother Earth. But are we doing enough?

Have we attuned our ears and our hearts to hear the cries of the people most affected? Have we heard the cry of Greta Thunberg, the 16 year old Climate Activist from Sweden, as she spoke during the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York City? Greta’s cry for climate justice is clear!

We need to hear and be attentive to the cries and voices of those most affected. Recently, I read the book, Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience and the Fight for a Sustainable Future written by Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland. In this book she shares the stories of individuals from around the world who represent those people most affected by environmental pollution, greed and injustice and how they are working for change and creating hope for a sustainable future. I invite you to read and to hear these voices and their cries for justice for the poor and those most vulnerable and endangered in this climate crisis.

May God give us the strength and courage to be on the side of justice, mercy and love for all people and to work more diligently for the protection and care of our Common Home.

Sr. Margaret Magee, OSF
FAN Board Member

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