injustice: something unfair that happens, often in violation of a basic human right.
justice: the quality of being just or fair.
neighbour: a person who lives (or is located) near another
peace: a stress-free state of security and calmness that comes when there’s no fighting or war, everything coexisting in perfect harmony and freedom.
unjust: something or someone that is unjust is just not fair.
The life and teachings of Jesus Christ call us to work for justice, peace, human rights, and development. All Christians share by their baptism in the mission of Jesus. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus describes this mission in the following way:
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)
Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, 2016.
God created us in his image to echo his character and steward his creation. The implications of creation on working for justice go beyond the beginning of Genesis, right through to Revelation. After the fall broke our relationships with God, each other, ourselves, and creation, God put into motion what Tim Keller calls ‘an infinitely costly rescue operation to restore justice to the oppressed and marginalized, physical wholeness to the diseased and dying, community to the isolated and lonely, and spiritual joy and connection to those isolated from God.’ Jesus’ life, death and resurrection were at the centre of this mission, and foreshadow the renewal of creation that will come at the end of it. When we do justice it is not only joining in with God’s mission to redeem all things, but it is eschatologically (ultimate destiny of humanity) prophetic. It points to the New Creation, when Jesus will return, creation will be renewed, and social injustice and inequality will be no more.
Just Love, n.d.