Gospel: Mt 8:28-34
When Jesus reached Gadara, on the other side, he was met by two men, possessed by devils, who came out from the tombs. They were so fierce that no one dared to pass that way. They cried out, “Son of God, leave us alone! Have you come here to torment us before the time?” Some distance away there was a large herd of pigs feeding. So the demons begged him, “If you drive us out, send us into that herd of pigs.” Jesus ordered them, “Go!” So the demons left the men and went into the pigs. The whole herd rushed down the cliff into the lake and was drowned. The men in charge of the pigs ran off to the town, where they told the whole story; and also what had happened to the men possessed with the demons. The whole town went out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.
Let justice run its course like water, and righteousness be like an ever-flowing river Amos is the prophet of social justice. He proclaims God’s indignation over the oppression of the weak and poor by the powerful and wealthy. He conveys God’s detestation of sacrifices and burnt offerings unaccompanied by a passion for justice. He expresses God’s rejection of our feasts and chanting detached from a concern for the poor and oppressed. Amos invites us to integrate our sacramental life with a commitment to social justice, for sacramentality without a concern for the downtrodden leads to empty ritualism; advocacy for justice without a sacramental life can lead to moral activism.
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