June 16, 2013: Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching
“The Church fosters well-formed consciences not only by teaching moral truth but also by encouraging its members to develop the virtue of prudence. Prudence enables us “to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving it” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1806) Prudence shapes and informs our ability to deliberate over available alternatives, to determine what is most fitting to a specific context, and to act decisively. Exercising this virtue often requires the courage to act in defense of moral principles when making decisions about how to build a society of justice and peace.” Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (19), USCCB
First Reading: 2nd Samuel 12:7-10, 13
Psalm: 32:1-2, 5, 7, 11
Second Reading: Galatians 2:16, 19-21
Gospel: Luke 7:36-8:3
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“During his public life Jesus not only forgave sins, but also made plain the effect of this forgiveness: he reintegrated forgiven sinners into the community of the People of God from which sin had alienated or even excluded them…” (1443) from the Roman Missal Introduction to the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: no references
Ignoring the needs of others, failing to offer a greeting of welcome defuses love. Without love, forgiveness ceases to flow. We have been blessed since the Lord has taken away our sins. Living in the freedom of this forgiveness, Christ lives in us and we no longer live for ourselves. To not nullify this grace of God, we must live our lives in the forgiveness exemplified by Christ. The Lord on his part has forgiven our sins, so we need to do our part and forgive others. Forgiveness should not be given begrudgingly, but with rejoicing and gladness, as we manifest the grace we have received. How many societal ills perpetually root themselves in unforgivness, as we continually opt for cynical analysis of justification? Embedded culturally, socially or economically, many times for generations, who will initiate forgiveness to share the forgiveness they received?
Individual Reflection: Luke 7:36-8-3
List five societal ills that impact your life. How can you initiate forgiveness in these areas? How can you encourage others to practice forgiveness in these areas?
Family Reflection: Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 7, 11
Each evening at dinner this week, pray for the ability to lovingly forgive. Offer prayers of thanksgiving for ways each family member was able to forgive, especially in situations that may have seemed impossible.
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