Prisoners and victims of crime all come from our communities, and return to them. We need to boldly proclaim the role of communities as places of nurture, renewal and healthy growth for individuals. They need to become places where honesty and humility are possible and where we seek new and bold, life changing solutions to social inequality and lack of neighbourliness.
God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit living in loving relationship, teach us to acknowledge our need of you, remind us that the repentant sinner is always welcome in your kingdom, that the criminal can serve their sentence and be welcomed back, and that the poor and disadvantaged are loved and valued. Help us to recognise one another always as brothers and sisters in your family, made in your image and worthy of all reverence and respect. We ask this in the name of our brother Jesus. Amen.