Mehdi Hasan: What would Jesus do?
In the 70s we used to try and make Jesus fit in with our personal political ideologies, ultimately making him in our own image likeness. I know Catholics do it, but it is essentially a Protestant sport, using his words as a proof text to support banker bashing, the NHS or whatever.
The glory of Catholicism is that we can live with paradox and have to in order to safeguard the unity of the Church. It is the same Christ who inspired the hermit to live in the cleft of the rock and the prince bishop to reform his diocese or the king to legislate justly or the parent to provide for his child. Catholicism teaches a Christ who always calls to do more but ultimately to enter into a relationship with him. Our reading of the Bible is not find words to defeat our enemies or bolster our opinions but to enter into Communion with him: not so much taking the Divine to ourselves but allowing Him to Divinise us and through us the world.
Yes justice, truth, integrity, are part of the message but at the heart is love of God and our neighbour, a reaching beyond the imprisonment of self to the other.