The Christian tradition makes a very bold claim about humanity that has implications for how we care for ourselves and for others. The claim is that all persons are created “in the image of God”.
The Greatest Commandment – When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law, tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him,* “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it:* You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” Matthew 22: 34-40
Who is your neighbor? Christ and the Catholic Church says, everyone. Christ was concerned for the welfare of everyone he met and encouraged his disciples to emulate his ways. During his ministry he highlighted the need for justice, respect for people, solidarity and peace. So, for you as a business leader and a member of the Christian Community, the promotion and defense of the human person is a visible sign of your fidelity to Christ and the Gospel. This call naturally leads one to a strong rejection of a dualism that reduces our love of God to acts of worship only – and that typically means for most Catholics – about 1 hour a week for Mass on Sunday.
Christ left us with a tough calling. We are responsible for everyone. In fact the Gospel challenges all of us not to be indifferent or even hostile to the world but to take it seriously and to take responsibility for it. There is a natural tendency in all of humanity to wander from God’s ways and to become self-self centered and unjust to others. Furthermore, Catholic social teaching acknowledges that human sinfulness – greed, indifference, selfishness, hatred, anger – can become enshrined in the very structure, and patterns of society.
Part of the Christian vocation is to engage the structures and laws of societies so that they better reflect the Gospel values of justice and respect for human dignity.
The application of the universal principles of Catholic social teaching to our complex world of economics and politics is admittedly a difficult task. Yet they give us the eyes through which to see the reality of ourselves, others and the world – the same eyes that God sees us, others and the world that He created. Catholic discipleship involves continuing the work of Jesus by conforming our actions at home, in business and in the community at large to those of the Gospel. In the Gospel vision, wealth is meant to be shared and economic activity is directed to serve the good of all people.
You, as a Christian business owner or leader, have an exceptional destiny. Attollo can help you achieve it.