This weekend the Catholic Church in England and Wales celebrates Racial Justice Sunday. This is the day the Church focuses on the need to oppose racism and pursue racial justice with renewed vigour. This year the theme reminds us that ‘all are included in the mission of Christ and His Church’ and that we are called to ‘walk together, pray together and work together’ as followers of Jesus. This reflects the role each of us must play in promoting the mission of Christ and His Church, and was inspired by conversations around last year’s Racial Justice Sunday and Pope Francis’ visit to Canada in July 2022 when he spoke about looking towards a future of ‘Justice, healing and reconciliation’.
May the Lord strengthen and bless us all – each person created equally in the eyes of God; different faces, one humanity – as we walk, pray and work together in solidarity and communion:
God of our past, present and future,
you created each one of us in your image and likeness,
help us to recognise you in each person.
As we pray for end to suffering caused by racism
lead us this day to walk with one another,
pray with one another and work together,
so that we create a future based on justice and healing,
where all can fulfil the hope you have for all peoples.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
I wish you and yours a blessed and peaceful week.