January 26, 2014: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
“A more just world will likely be a more peaceful world, a world less vulnerable to terrorism and other violence. The United States has the responsibility to take the lead in addressing the scandal of poverty and underdevelopment. Our nation should help to humanize globalization, addressing its negative consequences and spreading its benefits, especially among the world’s poor. The United States also has a unique opportunity to use its power in partnership with others to build a more just and peaceful world…” (88) Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, USCCB
First Reading :Isaiah 8:23-9:3
Second Reading: 1st Corinthians 1:10-13, 17
Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“This witness of life, however, is not the sole element in the apostolate; the true apostle is on the lookout for occasions of announcing Christ by word, either to unbelievers…or to the faithful.” (905)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
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Will we trust light that exposes injustice, oppression or reveals exclusion? Or is it easier to put on sunglasses, look cool and ignore glaring inequities in the world? Or might we remain in the shadows, unwilling to leave the security of fishing for familiarity. But will we wait and absorb all exposed in the light. A pause to acquaint ourselves with a place we are called to be, instead of repetitively mending tears in worn nets that strain to be inclusive, instead of looking for a new net. Will we let Jesus’ call help us abandon our old ways?
The cross is simple, a horizontal and vertical axis, to embrace the breadth and depth of humanity. There is no need for divisions, rivalries or air of eloquence that will empty the cross of meaning. We still have our individual gifts, God-given passions — but we see them in the perspective of complementary to one another — not competitive. At times do we even divide ourselves, depending upon the people we are around? Being a different person, with different allegiances, if we are around family, co-workers or friends? Partiality is an illness of our heart, a darkness. If we listen to Jesus proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, we will experience the light that has arisen to replace gloom with joy and great rejoicing. For the burdensome yoke of trying to defend one’s superiority is smashed and the scattered splinters are a reminder of the futility and waste of time inherent in that way of life.
Individual Reflection: Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
Read all Psalm 27, a Psalm of trust, and the accompanying footnotes. Reflect on how you trust God. How does your trust in God help you to embrace the “light” and expose inequities in the world? What is one inequity or injustice might you help raise awareness of this week?
Family Reflection: Matthew 4:12-23
In your Bible or on the Internet, look at a map of the Holy Land and locate cities where Jesus preached. Are these cities in the news today? What are the divisions and challenges faced in these cities?
Lord, may we always be reminded that our baptism made us one with you and our brothers and sisters, when we seek to venture our own path. Help us to remember all the essence of simplicity in the cross, when we muddle issues in complexity. As we cast our nets into the sea of life, may we do it to dispel darkness, expose your light and dwell in your house Lord, all the days of our lives.
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By Barb Born January 14, 2014 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern