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Racial Justice Sunday is on 17 February 2019. The theme this year is “Dignity for all workers”, recognising the problems faced by people due to racism and ethnic discrimination in the workplace.

In a world steeped in violence, conflict, and discrimination, the Gospel demands that we acknowledge the dignity of the human person, the necessity of building peace, prosperity, justice for all. In Octogesima Adveniens and Gaudium et Spes, St Paul VI teaches that “all people have a right to work … to lead a worthy life on the material, social, cultural and spiritual level”. We are therefore called to ensure people are not exploited while they work, and to open our hearts to those who face this hatred. “As you did this to the one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me…”

In our task as disciples of Christ, our responsibility is to make sure people are treated with dignity at work and are not exploited. Migrant communities and those suffering from racial abuse are particularly vulnerable to being drawn into unjust working conditions and labour exploitation.

Bidding prayers

Please include one or both of the following intentions in your Sunday Prayers of the Faithful.

For all trapped in work which compromises their human dignity;
May they come to know liberty and justice

For legislators and law enforcement agencies;
may they strengthen and protect the rights of workers.

A prayer for those facing exploitation

O God,
Gracious God,
From your abundance all gifts and skills are bestowed,
Making us participants in your work of creation.
By the word of your Son,
Confront our greed,
Challenge us when we treat people as means of profit,
Or discriminate unjustly against our fellow human beings.
Raise us up to new life in your service
That in all our works
Begun, continued and ended in you
We may glorify your holy name.
Through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord,
Amen.

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