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At the heart of Jesus’ message is the eternal and enduring compassion of God. It was foreshadowed by the prophets as the Promise of a New Jerusalem. God’s compassion came to its incarnate fullness in the person, words and example of the One who came that we might have life to the full (John 10:10). In his teachings, and in his relationships, Jesus clearly showed that life to the full meant liberation from every form of bondage. He broke through social and religious barriers to include the ‘outsiders’: the sinners, the women, the lepers, the foreigners; he healed people of sickness in mind and body; he inspired the corrupt to return to justice; and he challenged the self-righteous to humility.
In our day, in our society, Jesus as Word-made-flesh challenges the community of believers, the Church, to be more acutely aware than ever that our task, first and last, is itself to be this Word made flesh in our midst (John 1:1-14), and to promote those liberating conditions of peace, justice, care for all life and for the earth so essential to the fullness of life for all. In a world we now recognise as intimately connected in its every dimension, we understand that 'peace among all peoples' is 'inseparable' from 'peace with all creation' (Pope John Paul II, World Day of Peace Message 1990).
In keeping with our Baptismal calling and our obligation to stewardship, the Macarthur Social Justice Network seeks to be of service to all members of the local church as they respond to Jesus' invitation to proclaim liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind, freedom for the oppressed, and to be Good News for the poor (Luke 4:16-20)