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TUVERA, Denn Reed Jr. B.

2nd year Bachelor of Laws

Seminar 3

Reflection Paper Article 3, Section One, Chapter Two of the Catechism of the Catholic Church provides for the definition of Social Justice: Society ensures social justice when it provides the conditions that allow associations or individuals to obtain what is their due, according to their nature and their vocation. Social justice is linked to the common good and the exercise of authority. The definition of social justice can be summarized into common concepts such as respect, social charity and equality. These concepts are being taught all throughout the Scriptures as summarizing the Law of the Prophets. Apparently, Jesus taught that: The Greatest Commandment is Love. Love is the best word to describe what social justice is all about. The principle on social justice teaches us to show respect. It is vital for every person to show respect to one another. For respect brings a lot of friends and unites a distorted community into a harmonious one. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, respect for the human person proceeds by way of respect for the principle that "everyone should look upon his neighbor (without any exception) as 'another self,' above all bearing in mind his life and the means necessary for living it with dignity." No legislation could by itself do away with the fears, prejudices, and attitudes of pride and selfishness which obstruct the establishment of truly fraternal societies. Such behavior will cease only through the charity that finds in every man a "neighbor," a brother. Respect for the human person considers the other "another self." It presupposes respect for the fundamental rights that flow from the dignity intrinsic of the person. The whole of the Catechism of the Catholic Church can be summarized by citing the immortal words of the Lord Jesus Christ: Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:44, King James Version [1611]). Simply put, as Christians, the Lord Jesus Christ taught us how to respect other people by loving them who hate us, praying over them that they may be guided properly by God in doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord and in accordance to His will that we may be the children of the Father. Doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord brings into it faith in the Lord and obeying His commands found in the written word. For doing so, we become perfect unto every good work (2 Timothy 3:17, King James Version).

TUVERA, Denn Reed Jr. B. 2nd year Bachelor of Laws

Seminar 3

In the same scripture (Matthew 5:44), The Lord Jesus Christ also taught us about equality. It appears therein that there are two groups of people: the just and the unjust. God shows His being equal to the groups by making the sun riseth on the evil and on the good, and sendenth rain on the just and on the unjust. We must be reminded that we were created in the image of God. Regardless of our physical differences, every person in this world deserves to be respected. Being Christians, we should not look down to others as mere entities that do not have any position in the society! May it never happen! Because that kind of attitude entirely contradicts the very nature of the teachings of God that is to Love one another as the Lord loves His people. It is granted that there are differences among us. But these differences must not be used as reason to downgrade others. Bear in mind that in the eyes of the Lord, we are all equal. We are merely His creation. Thus, we ought to love one another as the Lord loved us from the beginning and throughout eternity. It is worthy to note that: The differences among persons belong to God's plan, who wills that we should need one another. These differences should encourage charity. I believe it to be. When Adam was created, God saw that Adam needed a helper. So He created Eve. Thus, Eve completes Adam and vice-versa. Wherefore, there may be differences between Adam and Eve but the purpose was to encourage them to fill in the needs of each other and as a result, it encourages charity. Wherefore, after considering these things, social justice is important in our society for having that, we will be able to achieve unity in the midst of diversity. The Lord wills it. But then, unity in the midst of diversity will be achieved if every professing Christians start to go back to the fundamentals of the faith. Paul said there is One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism (Ephesians 4:5) and the Lord said, If ye keep my commandments, ye truly my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set ye free [for the Lord said once, my sheep hears my voice, and obeys me] (Joh n 8:31).