To Go Forth is a blog of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development (JPHD). The blog takes its inspiration from Pope Francis’ challenge to go forth to the “peripheries” to share the Good News and stand in solidarity with those suffering poverty and injustice.
May 19, 2020
Every Sunday, the list grows. At my multi-cultural, income-diverse parish, it now takes the lector several minutes during the Prayer of the Faithful to read the names of individuals and families from our parish sickened by Covid-19. This past Sunday, we prayed for 68 parishioners—"and family” for at least ten.
While some of us have the luxury to stay in our homes, many others cannot—and these are the members of our communities whose names we hear each Sunday. The pandemic is exacerbating and shining a light on the many disparities present in our national and global society.
These realities are stark, and it is easy to feel powerless in the face of the structural injustices that create the disparities we are now seeing. Especially as we look toward Pentecost, we must reflect on the call to discipleship—a call that requires a commitment to accompaniment and work for justice.