Luke’S Gospel Empowers the Reader to Be Actively Involved in Social Justice Issues and Evangelisation.

In Luke’s Gospel Jesus teaches the two greatest commandments, loving God and loving others. Throughout Luke’s Gospel there is a major emphasis on social justice with stories of Jesus helping the outcasts, including Samaritans, lepers, the sick and women. As a result of Jesus’ visible concern and teachings throughout Luke’s gospel, the Church has always been actively involved in ensuring social justice. One of the issues of great concern to young people is bullying, which affects many people in today’s society.

The Catholic Church reaches out to those in need because it follows what Jesus taught us through the teachings in scripture and in particular Luke’s Gospel. The Church has established the Catholic Social Teachings which is based on Jesus’ work and teachings. Jesus reached out to everyone, the sick, the poor, the homeless, the sinners and the women because he taught that the Kingdom of God is for everyone. The Catholic Social Teachings state that human life and the dignity of a person is sacred and can be protected by the way they are treated by the society. The teachings also say that society should put the needs of the vulnerable first, and that everyone has the right to participate in society. In Luke 13:12 Jesus sees a woman and says, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” In this scripture Jesus gives back these rights to the woman, curing her of her condition.   In this example Jesus is reaching out to one of the minority groups He is concerned for.

In Jesus’ time there were many outcasts who He reached out to and sought to help. These outcasts who were treated unjustly include, Samaritans, lepers, the sick and women. Jesus told the Parable of the Good Samaritan to show that you should love your neighbour. Both a Levite and a priest, who passed by, would have been expected to help the hurt man. The Samaritan, who was outcast by society, took pity on him and unexpectedly helped him. In this story Jesus tells the message that you should love...