‘This is the sum of pity; do nothing to others that would cause you pain if done to you.’ (Hindu teaching)
During this autumn time the Christian community is asked to pray for peace, justice and human rights as a priority. Pope Paul IV once said, ‘if you want peace work for justice’. Peace, justice and human rights are so closely linked in the modern world. Injustice can be found whenever we see human rights being ignored and trampled on. To know our rights and those of others, and to respect them, points the way towards more tolerant and peaceful societies. As a Christian community we have much to give the wider community because we can offer, through our faith, a way of understanding human rights that places love at the centre. A golden rule that calls on all of us to love one another, as we are loved by God, revealed in the person and words of Jesus.
Lord, lead us from death to life, from lies to truth.
Lead us from despair to hope, from fear to trust.
Let peace fill our hearts, our world and our universe.
Let us dream together, pray together and work together
to build a world of peace and justice for all. Amen.