Justice Sunday observed with special liturgy
Aug. 19, 2013
Justice Sunday was observed yesterday across the country, with special liturgy and sermons reflecting on the need for peace and justice in the country as well as in the world. Through appropriate homilies, the bishops and priests of the in India encouraged and enabled the faithful to reflect on the theme Peace on Earth in Justice. In New Delhi's Sacred Heart Cathedral, the Sunday service was celebrated with a special liturgy. In his homily, parish priest Father Maria Susai, urged the faithful to proactively promote justice and peace in the world that is increasingly engulfed by war and violence.
“A strong commitment to the cause of justice is warranted by one’s faith in Jesus who is the supreme model of love, justice and peace,” he said. Citing the examples of the modern day martyrs of justice like Archbishop Romero and Fr. Thomas SJ, who was killed by the land mafia in Bihar, the priest declared that there could be no peace without justice. He also stated that justice and peace had a symbiotic relationship and that one would not exist without the other. "Justice Sunday" is observed annually on the Sunday following the Independence Day and is promoted by the Office for Justice, Peace and Development of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (OJPD-CBCI).
This year's theme was a tribute to Pacem in Terris, (Peace on Earth) the encyclical of Pope an John XXIII Encyclical that completes 50 years this year. The observance that began in 1983 aims “to make individuals and institutions sensitive to the realities of society and to respond to the demands of justice,” shows the CBCI records.
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