“Justice, peace and integrity of creation” (JPIC) was coined in 1983:
“The term JPIC came out of the Sixth World Council of Churches Assembly in Vancouver, BC, Canada, which initiated the Conciliar Process for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC)… “JPIC is a set of values, a spirituality, which inspires us with the call of Jesus to share with him the work of establishing God’s kingdom on earth.” (Rozansky and Felipe, 2009, 33). JPIC is a dimension of living Franciscan spirituality, of our vocation to live as Secular Franciscans according to the OFS Rule. All of the dimensions of our life such as prayer, fraternity, evangelization and apostolate are permeated by the values of JPIC i.e. JPIC transverses all aspects of our lives. Transverse literally means to cut across and JPIC values are inextricably linked together and their transversality affects everything we do and they are an essential element of our Christian life in trying to live the OFS Rule.”
From Understanding JPIC by Andrew Conradi, ofs.
Horan reflects on the teachings of Jesus in the parables of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son both from Luke. These stories are stories that challenge us. Horan writes, “The place of the poor and marginalized in Luke’s version of the Gospel as well as the significance of table fellowship for Jesus’ ministry and mission are important to me, calling me to be more open and accepting of others – particularly the forgotten, the voiceless and the poor – in living the Christian life.”
Horan continues, “What Jesus has been anointed to …do is proclaim the in-breaking of the kingdom of God, which is seen when justice and mercy reign in our world. Those who are bound by the shackles of injustice, discrimination, marginalization, oppression, fear, and violence are captives … [and] conversely, those who are blinded by greed, selfishness, lust for power, desire for wealth, obsession with control, are granted new sight so they can see the world as it really is … to see the world as God sees it and to change one’s life so as to live as a true follower of Christ.”
The early words of Jesus found in Luke’s “…Gospel present us with profound insights … the way of Christian living is to work for social justice.”
On the Cross Jesus’ dying words tell us of His love for the Father and us. Jesus was obedient to the Father and knowingly died for us. In the same way, we need to die to our self-interest and self-preservation and offer our skills and abilities to God and our neighbour, where ever we find her/him. Among His last words Jesus calls out, “It is finished” and a while later says, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”. Jesus was obedient to the end but we know that Good
Peace and joy!
George Guimond ofs