The gospel of St John opens with the stirring proclamation “In the beginning was the Word.” John D’Mello’s book, Solidarity and Justice, seeks to break open that same Word so that it has relevance for our day-to-day lives and for our communities. John does this beautifully through poignant examples of story-telling, causing us to reflect on our spiritual journey. His natural talent of connecting people to God through his passionate preaching shines from these pages.
John’s reflections are a breath of fresh air. They are wonderful opportunities for us to question our attitudes to life, to each other and to God. Above all they seek to inspire and strengthen us in our various ministries of compassion to seek justice. This third book of his strives to follow up on the previous two books, Gospel confronts Life and From Empathy to Justice.
The reflections are an invitation to develop a stronger network of justice so as to make God’s kingdom fully present and alive in our midst. While untravelling the gospel passages, John takes into account the context of the entire Bible and offers interpretations that are relevant for contemporary times.
The book is written in a simple style and makes an appealing invitation to challenge our spiritual life and work. It challenged me and I believe it will challenge you too.
Fr Aidan Lacy Pastor,
St. Patrick’s Church, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida,
Former Director of Pastoral Care, St. Mary’s Hospital, Florida, USA
John DMello has been a professor of theology and sociology at St. Pius College (the Bombay Seminary) for over 20 years and for 6 years on the faculty of St. Vincent de Paul Seminary, Florida. He taught the Sociology of Religion, Social Work, Sacred Scriptures, the Social Doctrine of the Church and Homiletics among other subjects. He addressed the 38th General Assembly of the United Nations Commission on Social Development and was an expert panelist on the Copenhagen Follow Up Committee of the World Social Summit. Besides parish ministry, he is on the Executive Board of PEACE (People Engaged in Active Community Efforts), an inter-religious organization that advocates for justice in Palm Beach County. His other publications include: Blown under by the Blue Revolution (1995), Dare to See Differently (2003), The Social Sources of Commitment (2005), Gospel Confronts Life (2016), From Empathy to Justice (2018)