December 30, 2012: Feast of the Holy Family
Catholic Social Teaching: Call to Family, Community and Participation
“The person is not only sacred, but social…How we organize our society — in economics and politics, in law and policy –directly affects the common good and the capacity of individuals to develop their full potential. Every person and association has a right and a duty to participate actively in shaping society and to promote the well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.” Forming Conscience for Faithful Citizenship paragraphs 46 and 47
First Reading: 1st Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28
Psalm: 84 2-3, 5-6, 9-10
Second Reading: 1st John 3:1-2, 21-24
Gospel: Luke 2:41-52
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
Luke 2:51 paragraph 259: Jesus a man of work
Families self-absorbed in their individual economic, education and pleasure seeking agenda can lose sight of others journeying with them in the caravan of life. The hum of activities deafens their ears to those asking questions of equity and inclusiveness for the common good. Their schedules allow no time to listen and ponder the commandments of God. Love for one another means only those in their immediate vicinity that they can grasp their arms around, instead of grasping their hearts around the breadth of God’s humanity. The love the Father bestows on a family, as a fundamental unit of society, should not remain in isolation, but permeate the fabric of society’s pilgrimage of life. A family is not blessed to live in a house crafted of affluence and status, but truly blessed, happy and at peace to dwell in the house of the Lord – a house envisioning all as brothers and sisters journeying together in the caravan of life.
Lord, we thank you for journeying with us on the caravan of life. On our earthly pilgrimage, help us to realize the emptiness of self-absorption. By your grace, help us be attentive to prophets of our time, that seek the common good, so we work for equity and justice in your name.
Individual Reflection: 1st John 3:1-2, 21-24
Reflect upon Pope Benedict’s 2013 World Day of Peace message: Blessed are the Peacemakers.
Select several sections and ask your parish to include them in the bulletin, share them with friends and in your ministry as a prayerful reflection to start your gatherings.
Family Reflection: Luke 2:41-52
Collectively make a list of ways the family is self-absorbed in their own agenda and discuss ways to journey in the caravan of life with deeper attentiveness to the breadth of humanity.
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites.