Liturgy and Justice

Eucharist and Justice

October 28, 2008

Editor's Note: The paragraphs below are quoted from Gerard Moore's "Eucharist and Justice," which was first published by the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (2000).  To read the entire booklet, please click here for the PDF version.


JusticeFrom the "Introduction: Is Our Eucharist for the Poor, with the Poor, and of the Poor?"

"The Eucharist is at the heart of the Church.  Each Sunday it is prayed in every community.  When it cannot be celebrated the Church in that place is diminished.  Under the leadership of Pope John Paul II the year 2000 has been devoted to the proclamation of the Year of Jubilee.  It has also been given over to deepening our sense of the meaning and power of the Eucharist.

This work is put forward as a contribution to our Eucharistic reflection.  It deals with a simple question: do the parts of the Mass invites us to be a people of social justice?  It is an attempt to allow the justice dimensions within the liturgy to have a voice.  There may be some surprises in store."

Image:  "Peace" by Koffi Mbairamadji; photo provided by Koffi Mbairamadji.

Gerard Moore is Associate Professor and Director of Research at Sydney College of Divinity, NSW, Australia and is the author of Understanding the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2007) and Why the Mass Matters (Boston, MA: Pauline Books & Media, 2006).


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