November 10, 2013: Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Life and Dignity of the Human Person
“Our faith proclaims the sacredness of human life that magnifies dignity in the human person by universal, inviolable and inalienable human rights.”
First Reading: 2nd Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14
Psalm: 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15
Second Reading: 2nd Thessalonians 2:16-3:5
Gospel: Long Form Luke20:27-38 Short Form Luke 20:27, 34-38
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“…Him (Christ) it is I seek—who died for us. Him it is I desire—who rose for us… (1010)
From the Introduction to the Thirty-second 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 can we die to our transgressions? Actions, thoughts or inactions that deprive us of a present life fashioned as a conduit for participating in God’s kingdom. Awakening each day with the contentment of knowing our breath and being finds content in your presence, Lord, our joy is full. We behold your face, when we embrace, articulate and initiate justice. For there you are Lord, present in our quest for equality, opportunity and respect, as you give us encouragement not in a fleeting moment, but everlasting. We pray for one another, that through every good deed and word, you Lord, are glorified and we relish serving you in humility instead of the false allure of our egos. Lord, direct our hearts to the love of God, so we see your tenderness, forgiveness, compassion and dominion—For us an experience of mercy from your real presence, but also emanating in the presence of your justice. Christ showed us endurance to prophetically define and reason with a conscience infused with justice and the hope of the resurrection to act. The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob is not the God of the dead, but of the living. Then may our lives radiate the essence of life, to receive the Eucharist with joy and a smile on our face and in our soul, to walk our journey in hope not despair and to not feel unworthy, but thankful for being a child of a loving God. In this context Lord, help us to enter the paradox that dying to ourselves gives us life—A freedom of incomprehensible grace, but finite realities in every breadth of justice. A paradox where we must surrender into the mystery and let God’s love fill an infinite void in our lives.
Individual Reflection: 2nd Thessalonians 2:16-3:5
Read Testimony of Hope or another book , by Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan, who guided preparation of the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
Family Reflection: Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15
As days are getting colder and darkness descends earlier, take the door key to your home and reflect what that key means to you and how the homeless in your community live without a key. Discuss why people are homeless in your community and instead of just providing charity for homeless people this holiday season, address the why issue of justice with reflection and prayer to guide your action. Encourage your parish to become involved.
Blogs to Visit:
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.
Catholic Social Teaching offers seven principles for upholding life in our thoughts, decisions and actions.
How we do Catholic Social Teaching.
Creation sustainability ministry resources in the spirit of the St Francis Pledge.
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
By Barb Born October 25, 2013 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concerns.