17 December 2004


As we recall the birth of our Saviour this Christmas we are reminded that all baptized Christians are called to share in the mission of Jesus – the task for which he came into the world and which he himself described in Luke’s gospel

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
Because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To let the oppressed go free,
To proclaim the year of the Lord's favour. (Luke 4: 18 - 19)

The work for social justice is therefore not just an option but an integral part of living the gospel message and of the mission of the Church.

The commencement of a new year also provides the opportunity for a renewal of commitment to continue to work for the building of a world where all enjoy dignity, equality and freedom.

This will be the final Edmund Rice Justice Bulletin for the year. Bulletins will resume in late Jan.

Wishing peace, joy and blessings to all readers of this bulletin and their families for this Christmas season.

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