he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty. (Luke 1:53)
Such ideas continue to be counter-cultural. The rich and powerful make the rules. There are many rationalisations for greed. Fairness and justice is about building right relationships i.e. bringing God’s reign closer. Thus this passage is about overturning human logic and reminding us of what will make us whole and holy.
Young people, consciously or unconsciously, will know the mantra ‘we must maintain the economic system’. There is nothing wrong with making money. The person of faith, with the Scriptures (Old and New Testament) as template, has the whole community as their focus since we need everyone (each making their unique contribution) to be saved. It is our task to show the young people in our care that our faith brings people together and so builds the justice for which they yearn.
Have a great week!