October 27, 2013: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
“The common good’s inclusiveness can only be recognized when the most vulnerable and marginalized in our midst, locally and globally, are active participants. When they lack the basic necessities of life, humanity denies their dignity.”
First reading: Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18
Psalm: 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23
Second Reading: 2nd Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
Gospel: Luke 18:9-14
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“The first movement of the prayer of petition is asking for forgiveness, like the tax collector in the parable: ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ It is a prerequisite for righteousness and pure prayer. A trusting humility brings us back into the light of communion between the Father and his Son Jesus Christ and with one another, so that ‘ we receive from him whatever we ask.’ Asking forgiveness is the prerequisite for both the Eucharistic liturgy and personal prayer.” (2631) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C.
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: no references this week
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The Lord, who knows no favorites, is not deaf to the wail of the orphan or widow, the lowest in society during the millennium of the Lord. Then why do we show partiality based on ethnicity, age or socio-economic status? Why do we ignore the cry of the oppressed, living without adequate food, toil as slaves or are forced into lives of violence by joining conflicts against their will? How does our attentiveness to their needs becomes an answer to their prayer, so we seek equity through empowerment? When we follow this path, we bless the Lord at all times. We may think because we pray, go to Mass and live without greed, dishonesty or adultery that we are righteous. But when we let self-righteousness blind us to the poor – those challenged by life – then we are poor. For in ignoring the other, we deny the dignity of those brothers and sisters that God deems worthy of justice and affirming their rights without delay. In essence, through our inaction we deny God and the necessity to build His kingdom on earth. When we seek to shed loathing righteousness and transform our hearts from despising everyone else to love unconditionally, as God loves us, we must freely utter words imploring forgiveness. These words, permeated with humility, must frame our dialogue with God and humanity in our midst.
Individual Reflection: Luke 18:9-14
Ask for forgiveness from three people this week.
Family Reflection: 2nd Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
On November 1st, the Solemnity of All Saints, reflect on the Gospel reading you heard at Mass: Matthew 5:1-12a. List thee ways the family can collectively better live the Beatitudes. How will these actions attune the family to the challenges of others in society?
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By Barb Born October 7, 2013 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concerns.