Free student tickets for the Feb. 10 spaghetti supper at Newman. See jon. limited supply.
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 7:00pm during the semester
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Colette
Readings for today’s Mass
This is a good example of what the Queen of Sheba acknowledged about Solomon on her diplomatic mission to meet him in today's first reading. After her own extravagance is outdone by Solomon's opulence, it is she who recalls that the duty of the head of state is to establish justice.
The call for justice is rooted in the first creation story of Genesis. We were created in the image of God, which means each of us is inherently valuable. Furthermore, God doesn’t differentiate between different types of people. All are created in the image of God. Today we have a lot of categories and labels to sort people. None of that matters here. All humans are created in the image of God, and thus should be valued and respected.
In the Catholic social justice world (see any of the papal encyclicals and episcopal documents on the subject) we still use categories, but not to separate and divide. Catholic justice is concerned about our shared human experience that unites us. It includes everyone - the poor and the homeless, refugees and immigrants, the young and old, the rich and successful. All of these share the inherent value of having been created in the image of God.
Our Bible teaches justice from cover to cover. So does our Constitution and Pledge: We the people, in order to . . . establish justice . . . promote the general welfare . . . Because we are created in God's image, we all inherit equally the blessings of liberty. With the wisdom of Solomon, we could make this work really well.