Believers’ dialogue can change the world

Sep 7, 2020

September 7.  “Have you heard of Jews for Jesus?”  Michael asked.  “Doesn’t that do away with their Jewishness?”  came the response.  “I don’t know any Jewish families personally but I believe that they are pretty strict about observance of the laws.” “But that is also what Jesus criticised them for.”  So they discussed differences between religions and some of the traditions. “I have always admired how Jewish families honour the Sabbath by gathering for their Sabbath meal.  That has been a saving grace for the life of the Jewish people, don’t you think?”

It happened that on a Sabbath, when Jesus entered the synagogue and taught, a man was there whose right hand was withered. Jesus said to the scribes and the Pharisees. Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to destroy it?” Luke 6:6, 9.

Pope Francis.  The majority of people living on our planet profess to be believers.  This should spur religions to dialogue among themselves for the sake of protecting nature, defending the poor and building networks of respect and fraternity. LS 201.  

Pope Francis: Prayer for the Care of Creation. 7. The poor and the earth are crying out. O Lord, seize us with your power and light, help us to protect all life, to prepare for a better future, for the coming of your Kingdom of justice, peace, love and beauty. Praise be to you! Amen.

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