Today’s readings describe a countercultural ethic and spirituality. Holistic in nature, the biblical tradition joins the theology, ethics, and spiritual formation of persons and communities. Good theology is always practical and life-changing. Theological reflection is judged by its fruits: Does it contribute to healing the earth? Does it bring reconciliation or alienation among peoples and nations? Does it promote our responsibilities to vulnerable and excluded people as well as to those who benefit from the social order?