Sat, December 4, 2021

Mt 9, 35 - 10, 1. 5a. 6-8

Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest." After this the Lord appointed seventy-two Jesus sent out these twelve after instructing them thus: Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 'Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons.

Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.


What are the limits of private property?

The right to private property must never be considered absolute. Rather, anyone who owns property must make use of it in a manner consistent with the good of all. This is true of public goods, for example street lights, but it also applies to privately owned things, for instance a cell phone. Consequently, I must let another person use my phone if he needs help and must make an emergency call. Private property should serve only as an instrument for the better management of the earth’s goods. Someone has to feel responsible for particular things. If everyone is responsible for everything, in practice no one feels responsible for anything. Private property cannot take priority over the common good, since, in principle, all goods must serve all people.
Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received, only what you have given.
Saint Francis of Assisi

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