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Gospel Reflection for June 25, 2017, 12th Sunday Ordinary Time
Sunday Readings: Jeremiah 20.10-13; Romans 5.12-15; Matthew 10.26-33

“Everyone who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven.” - Matthew 10.32

Jesus' saying turns on the principle of reciprocity. Jesus will treat us the way we treat others. We recognize this principle every time we pray the Our Father, "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." The saying challenges us to be public witnesses of Jesus' way.

The early Christians lived in the shadow of the Roman Empire, which considered their faith illegal. Today Christians live in a capitalist economy gone global that considers religion irrelevant. The revenue of many multi-national corporations rivals the gross national product of nation states. Yet, corporations have no obligation to uphold Christian values or human rights as nations do, only to profit stockholders.

Catholic social teaching challenges us to live Jesus' message in our public and corporate lives. People are not commodities. They have dignity and rights, including the right to a living wage and health care. Are our senators and representatives in the 117th Congress thinking about treating people who need Medicaid the way they want to be treated? Do they realize people like my sister, diabetic since she was 22 for whom the cost of insulin has skyrocketed, face being unable to afford the medicines that keep her alive even with insurance?

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