The Land and the Common Good. Family Thought: Women and Men Matter, August 7

One catechist commented, “Land occupation and resettlement is clearly as old as history.  Already at the time when God had chosen Moses to lead the people out of slavery and oppression in Egypt, the land they came to was seen as highly desirable, a land flowing with milk and honey. But it was populated by many different tribes and occupation would not be simple. Some of the Israelites were ready for this and others afraid.  Gradually the people came to understand that land does not belong to anyone except to God and is to be shared.  Can we accept that in our day?

Caleb standing before Moses said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it; for we are well able to overcome it.  Then the men who had gone with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than us.”

Pope Francis: the social function of property and the universal destination of goods are realities which come before private property. The private ownership of goods is justified by the need to protect and increase them so that they can better serve the common good.   EG 189

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