Human Need

Around the world,
poverty is choking people to death.

Jesus established the kingdom of God
based on the Jubilee principles of the Old Testament.
These principles called for
a political, economic and spiritual revolution
in response to human need.
Jesus intended nothing less
than an actual revolution,
with debts forgiven,
slaves set free,
and land returned to the poor.

Of course, this revolution threatened
the vested interests of the powerful
and therefore put Jesus on the road to Calvary.

Human need –
be it physical, emotional, spiritual or social –
was Jesus’ reason for being…
and should be ours.
Christ wants us to respond
to the suffering that torments the poor.
Jesus wants a new social order
where human lives are dignified with justice,
uplifted in compassion,
and nurtured by peace.

The ever increasing world of violence
that threatens us all
can only be defeated by love,
by the reaching out of a hand
in a moment of darkness.

Compassion is the most effective response
to hatred and violence.

Because of the birth, life, death and
resurrection of Jesus Christ,
we know that every birth,
every life,
and every death
matters to God…
and must matter to us.

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