Scripture References on Catholic Social Teaching
2. Community and the Common GoodSeek good and not evil
Seek good and not evil, that you may live; then truly will the LORD, the God of hosts, be with youas you claim! Hate evil and love good, and let justice prevail at the gate; then it may be that theLORD, the God of hosts, will have pity on the remnant of Joseph.
Act justly and walk humbly with God
You have been told, what is good, and what the LORD requires of you: Only to do the right and tolove goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.
All things were held in common
They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breakingof the bread and to the prayers. Awe came upon everyone, and many wonders and signs weredone through the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; theywould sell their property and possessions and divide them among all according to each one’sneed. Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple area and to breakingbread in their homes. They ate their meals with exultation and sincerity of heart, praising God andenjoying favor with all the people. And every day the Lord added to their number those who werebeing saved.
Things were distributed to each according to need
The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of hispossessions was his own, but they had everything in common. With great power the apostlesbore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all. Therewas no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them,bring the proceeds of the sale, and put them at the feet of the apostles, and they were distributedto each according to need.
Put your gifts at the service of others
Be serious and sober for prayers. Above all, let your love for one another be intense, becauselove covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining. As each onehas received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace. Whoeverpreaches, let it be with the words of God; whoever serves, let it be with the strength that Godsupplies, so that in all things God may be gloried through Jesus Christ, to whom belong gloryand dominion forever and ever. Amen.