Votive Mass for Peace and Justice

Scripture Readings: 1 Cor 3:1-9;  Lk 4:38-44 

There’s an African proverb that says, “Corn can’t expect justice from a court composed of chickens.”  Many victims of sexual abuse by priests did not received justice from courts composed of bishops. Silence and doing nothing was just another form of abuse.  “It is the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that made [so much sexual abuse] possible” (Haile Selassie I).  Desmond Tutu writes, “When a cat has its foot on the tail of a mouse, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”  So we pray to the Holy Spirit for peace and justice, because there can be no peace for the Church without justice by the Church from the top down.