November 18, 2012: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
“…At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace…”
First Reading: Daniel 12:1-3
Second Reading: Hebrews 10:11-14, 18
Gospel: Mark 13:24-32
What have you inherited from the Lord? Not a list of possessions to be itemized in defining social status, calculations of a financial balance sheet to apportion for selfish greed or lofty position of gloating stature define the inheritance, but serenity. For the entrance antiphon proclaims the Lord’s plans for us are peace and not disaster. Peace materializes when we initiate the conversation with the Divine. The Lord waits to listen to us in our yearning for peace, to help us drink of His truth and expand our hearts with the joy of His promises (alternative opening prayer). God’s expression of hope dispels scurrying anxiety — can we be patient as Jesus is patient waiting on His enemies? — to fullness of joy. He shows us the path to life in asking for our resolve in leading many to justice. A justice, like the radiance of stars, beacons of light encapsulates our souls and offers hope to those beset by tribulation. The physical reality will one day be drawn to God, in His precise time, but the eternal substance of the Lord’s words will not pass away to leave us abandoned.
Lord, we are humbled by the inheritance you have bequeathed us. Help us to always share the path of life you have shown to us, so others may join us in living with your hope today and for eternity.
Individual Reflection: Daniel 12:1-3
What is one way you lead many to justice?
What is one way you could lead many to justice?
Family Reflection: Psalm 16
From last week’s reflection on volunteering at a food bank, discuss your experiences. Why did people need the food you were distributing? Is there a justice concern your parish might address, that is the root cause for people needing food?
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice web sites.
By Barb Born November 2012 The reflections maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concerns.