This year’s statement reflects on the Gospel story of the rich young man who asked Jesus how he could inherit eternal life. The man was shocked when Jesus told him to sell all he had and follow him. He went away, unable to let go of his possessions and see and act in a different way (Mark 10: 17 -22).
The rich man had kept the Law, but he could not step out of his comfort zone and see the plight of the poor and care for them.
Like the rich man, we in Australia are challenged by the Word of God to use its wealth for the good of all, especially for those who have missed out on economic prosperity.
This year’s Social Justice Sunday Statement from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference is titled A Rich Young Nation: The Challenge of Affluence and Poverty in Australia.
Orders can be made now by going to the
Australian Catholic Social Justice Council’s site