October 7, 2012: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Care for God’s Creation
“We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith…This environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored.”
First Reading: Genesis 2:18-24
Second Reading: Hebrews 2:9-11
Gospel: Mark 10:2-16
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
“…The Book of Genesis indicates moreover that the human being was not created in isolation but within a context, an integral part of which are those living spaces that ensure his freedom (the garden), various possibilities for food (the trees of the garden), work (the command to cultivate) and above all community (the gift of someone who is like himself)…Throughout the Old Testament, the conditions that ensure the fullness of human life are the object of a divine blessing. God wants to guarantee that man has what is necessary for his growth, freedom of self-expression, success in his work and a wealth of human relationships.”
“…The Book of Genesis teaches that human dominion over the world consists in naming things. In giving things their names, man must recognize them for what they are and establish with each of them a relationship of responsibility.”, 113
“…Thekingdom of the Messiah is precisely the kingdom of peace…, 491
Created from one origin, we should not be ashamed to call anyone our brother and sister. This perspective requires us to heed Jesus’ call to accept the kingdom of God like a child. A mind directed by inquisitive thoughts, a spontaneous agenda lead by the Spirit and welcoming hospitality for everyone to dine at the table. For that is the demeanor receptive to the embrace and blessing of Jesus permeating our handiworks. Then we reap the fruits of not possessing and dominating, but seeing our relationship to all creation. May the Lord bless us to live in His kingdom – not a kingdom of our own design—all the days of our lives and peace will be upon our lives.
Reflection for St Francis Memorial October 4, 2012
St Francis robed himself in excess, only to find that lifestyle lacked authenticity. Whether he fought for power or lived in the echelons of the elite, emptiness prevailed. Only in embracing simplicity, each petal of creation to the marginalized living outside the walls of society’s acceptance, was he able to unravel the door to his soul absorbed in the radiance of peace, hospitality and compassion. The embrace of simplicity –found in the ordinary — changed St Francis from dwelling on himself, to the needs of others. How can we journey in the footsteps of St Francis and shed one selfish attitude or possession? Will we stop gazing in the mirror of self- absorption and lock our sight on the defilement of creation, leading to action? In faith, will we venture to tame wolves of mistrust in challenging dialogue?
St Francis, thank you for being our mentor. Pray for us.
Collect Memorial for St Francis: “O God, by whose gift Saint Francis was conformed to Christ in poverty and humility, grant that, by walking in Francis’ footsteps, we may follow your Son, and through joyful charity, come to be united with you…”
Lord, dispel arrogance and install humble, childlike sincerity in our hearts to accept your kingdom. May we not divorce ourselves from the world, but affirm the interrelationships of all God’s creation.
Individual Reflection Psalm 128
Visit the blog, for the Creation Sustainability Ministry of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles:
In the spirit of the St Francis Pledge, select activities to pray, learn, assess, act and advocate in caring for God’s creation.
Family Reflection: Mark 10:2-16
Have family discussion time, where the children share perspectives on their image of God and faith in Jesus.
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
By Barb Born Sept 2012 The reflections may be used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for discussion groups without copyright concerns.