October 13, 2013: Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Call to Family, Community and Participation
“The sacredness and dignity of human life exists not in isolation, but affirmed through individuals growing in community and seeking together the well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.”
First Reading: 2nd Kings 5:14-17
Psalm: 98:1,2-3, 3-4
Second Reading: 2nd Timothy 2:8-13
Gospel: Luke 17:11-19
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“Thanksgiving characterizes the prayer of the Church, which in celebrating the Eucharist, reveals and becomes more fully what she is. Indeed, in the work of salvation, Christ sets creation free from sin and death to consecrate it anew and make it return to the Father, for his glory. The thanksgiving of the members of the Body participates in that of their Head.” (2637) From Introduction to the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C, Daily Roman Missal
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
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How do we chain the word of God? Is there a padlock on our actions to live the Gospel? Does an iron ball on the chain weigh us down, so the word of God cannot free us? Or will we journey as Jesus journeyed? Jesus did not journey to Jerusalem through the perceived safe, traditional route by traversing Hebrew villages, but ventured into Samaria and Galilee. Not only did he encounter different cultures, outcast in sacred tradition, but also despised lepers—the ultimate outcasts. Jesus could not miss them, for they lived outside the village. He had to notice them before entering and heard their raised voices. His pity left not condescending words to sooth their circumstance, but offered opportunities for healing. The healing was manifest only as they were going to show themselves to the priests. For the lepers the word of God no longer was chained shut, but in belief broken open by affirmation of action, the empowerment to step forth.
Will we believe the word of God is not chained on a leash to limit its impact, but ventures to every crevice of terrain to free all humanity? In belief, will the word of God free us to encounter outcasts of our day and set foot on a portion of creation we might not deem the normal territory we traverse? And taking the lead from the bi-outcast, Samaritan leper, will we go to Jesus, say thank you for healing me and unshackle the chain from the word of God—for the peace, hope, freedom and gift of faith? Realizing, in the Lord’s faithfulness, our faith not only is healing, but has saved us, let the words of Jesus to stand up and go be manifest in our actions to live the word of God.
Individual Reflection: 2nd Timothy 2:8-13
Reflect on how producers of items we purchase on a regular basis are possibly, in metaphorical terms, economic lepers of society today. How might you change your consumer purchasing decisions to restore their dignity?
Family Reflection: Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4
Each evening after dinner this week, break into song. Sing a song joyfully, with praise to the Lord.
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As we reflect upon Mary’s presence in the mysteries of the Rosary, we are blessed to know her. For her journey, a timeless trek, calls us to surrender, continuing conversion, humbleness and justice now.
Weekly lectionary reflections, for faith sharing groups, parish bulletins, newsletters or personal prayer, from the synergy of the Word we hear and the rich tradition of Catholic Social Teaching.
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By Barb Born September 25, 2013 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concerns.