The crowds asked John the Baptist, "What should we do?” He said to them in reply,
"Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise.”
Even tax collectors came to be baptized and they said to him, "Teacher, what should we do?” He answered them,
"Stop collecting more than what is prescribed.” Soldiers also asked him, "And what is it that we should do?” He told them, "Do not practice extortion, do not falsely accuse anyone, and be satisfied with your wages.”
Now the people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. John answered them all, saying, "I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” Exhorting them in many other ways, he preached good news to the people.
Yes. The Church has "the duty of scrutinizing the signs of the times and of interpreting them in the light of the Gospel. Thus, in language intelligible to each generation, she can respond to the perennial questions which men ask about this present life and the life to come and about the relationship of the one to the other. We must therefore recognize and understand the world in which we live, its explanations, its longings, and its often dramatic characteristics” (GS 4). So the Church tries again and again to see the current situation of the world and to make practical recommendations according to Jesus’ message of the brotherly love of all men. In doing so, she is particularly concerned about the poor, the weak, and the exploited. The Church always reminds the politicians of individual countries that they bear responsibility not only for their own nations but for all mankind. She advocates policies that have peace and development as their goal. Implementing such policies requires the collaboration of the various states. This is why the Church supports international organizations such as the United Nations, where trusting international cooperation can grow.
What do you have that you can share (time, money, hospitality)? With whom could you share it?
As they were coming down from the mountain, the disciples asked Jesus, "Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?" He said in reply, "Elijah will indeed come and restore all things; but I tell you that
Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased. So also will the Son of Man suffer at their hands."
Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.
At no time did Jesus allow himself to be politically coopted. Thus he did not join the Zealots, who wanted to liberate Israel by force from political subjugation to the Romans. Jesus wanted the salvation and the freedom of all mankind. He was concerned about the fundamental restoration of man in his relation to his Creator. Consequently, his Good News was more than politics, although it has eminently political implications for the individual as well as for society. First of all, though, we must separate the political and the religious dimensions, as Jesus also did with his pronouncement: "Render … to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Mt 22:21). The distinction between religion and politics was difficult for the ancient world to understand and put into practice — and it still is today for broad sectors of the Muslim world.
By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus.
"To what shall I compare this generation? It is like children who sit in marketplaces and call to one another, 'We played the flute for you, but you did not dance, we sang a dirge but you did not mourn.'
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they said, 'He is possessed by a demon.' The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said, 'Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.'
But wisdom is vindicated by her works."
The truths of the faith are not up for grabs. They do not depend on majorities, and they exist independently of the percentage of the population that currently agrees with them. The Church will never rewrite her Creed; she cannot change the number or the content of the Sacraments or decide that there will be more than Ten Commandments or fewer. Nor will she ever modify the original form of her Liturgy and Prayer. Nevertheless, the Church would sin against the Holy Spirit if she did not put out all her feelers for the "signs of the time” in which God is speaking to us today, too. The insights gained from that process can lead to a deepening and elaboration of the Church’s teaching; they will never replace, however, the sure, hard-won knowledge of the Church (Dogmas). Precisely in her social teaching, the Church is expected to keep applying her excellent set of tools better to the challenges of societal, political, and economic change.
We do not exist to speak as society does, but rather we need to look upon God when we speak.