September 30, 2012: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Dignity of Work and Right of Workers
“…Work is more than a way of making a living, it is a form of continuing participation in God’s creation. If the dignity of work is to be protected, then the basic rights of workers must be respected – the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages … and to economic initiative.”
First Reading: Numbers 11:25-29
Second Reading: James 5:1-6
Gospel: Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-8
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
“The Church’s love for the poor is inspired by the Gospel of the Beatitudes, by the poverty of Jesus and by his attention to the poor. The love concerns material poverty and also the numerous forms of cultural and religious poverty…Love for the poor is certainly incompatible with immoderate love of riches or their selfish use.” Paragraph 184
“… St James defends the trampled rights of workers…Believers are to undertake their work in the style of Christ and make it an occasion for Christian witness, commanding the respect of outsiders.” Paragraph 264
“Remuneration is the most important means for achieving justice in work relationships. The just wage is the legitimate fruit of work. They commit grave injustice who refuse to pay a just wage or who do not give it in due time and in proportion to work done…” Paragraph 302
What is your testimony? Is your life self-serving or serving others? Do your workplace ethics reflect your faith or do you leave faith in the pew only to rejoin the journey the following week? Do you accept the joy of the Lord at each Eucharistic feast or do you process the procession in robo mode – just going through Mass and life with mechanical repetitiveness? Wherever we are camped in life, the Spirit rests in our hearts, not to be hidden, but shared in simplistic wisdom. The effervescence of joy dislodges corrosion of greed and exploitation to not condemn others as factors of production or murder their opportunity for a just and living wage — and in the process condemn the precepts of the Righteous One.
Lord, restrain us from attitudes that corrode our hearts. Grant us the courage to live refreshed with your joy.
Individual Reflection: James 5:1-6
To learn more about global hunger and involvement opportunities to become an advocate for people in poverty, check the resources about Bread for the World Sunday at www.bread.org
Family Reflection: James 5:1-6
Encourage your parish to do Catholic Relief Services’ Food Fast : foodfast.org
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
By Barb Born September 2012 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concerns.