October 12, 2014: Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
“…solidarity calls us to see others, locally and globally, as our brothers and sisters. People do not become someone to exploit and demean, but we affirm their life as part of the human family…”
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First Reading: Isaiah 25:6-10a
Psalm: 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
Second Reading: Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20
Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“ At the end of time, the Kingdom of God will come in its fullness. After the universal judgment, the righteous will reign for ever with Christ, glorified in body and soul. the universe itself will be renewed:”
“The Church . . . will receive her perfection only in the glory of heaven, when will come the time of the renewal of all things. At that time, together with the human race, the universe itself, which is so closely related to man and which attains its destiny through him, will be perfectly re-established in Christ. “(1042)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
If we let the Lord shepherd us, He guides us in right paths—for His name’s sake, not for our pride, ego or recognition. When we live with the humility of allowing ourselves to be shepherd for the glory of God’s name, only goodness and kindness follow us, by flowing from our actions and attitudes. The Gospel echoes in our lives. For the Lord strengthen us, we do not strengthen ourselves, as God gives us courage and fully supplies what we need in accord with His glorious riches emulating from Christ Jesus.
In a free act of kindness, God invites us multiple times, in a spirit of generosity, even when we shun his invitations, to behold the feast that is ready for us to partake. How many times have we ignored His invite, sent by an angel, spoken by a friend, because our job took precedent over our faith or we had to visit our farm where we proverbially grow idols of abundant varieties? And in the proverbial isolation of rural farm life, we can live with festering duplicity of pious holiness woven in rituals to impart spiritual comfort, but void from the reality of the cities, the nuances of life, the challenges of people, the quest for solidarity. Hearing the voices of people on the street and listening to the marginalized with hearts and ears of compassion comes only from accepting God’s invitation to join and enjoy the feast.
A careless attitude towards God denies the urgency to join the feast, ready for the bad and good, in our sinfulness and faithfulness, all are invited to savor a feast of transformation. Why delay or muffle one’s ears to the call of the servants, role models ,that have experienced a change of heart to live in the Kingdom now and with the hope of the eternal Kingdom.
To be dressed for a wedding feast, a happy occasion, where joy resonates in the banquet hall of life, dispels the gloom of unbelief. In thanksgiving for the invitation, being called a friend, to live without the celebration would reduce faith to hypocrisy, a silence gloomily deafening participation in the Kingdom. For the Lord calls us to the mountain and will provide for all people, not just the people in our neighborhood or parish, choice opportunities and remove obstacles hindering appreciation of the banquet. How do you accept the invitation of the Lord? With rejoicing and gladness that has saved us from shame, indifference and stubbornness, may appreciation motivate us to live as joyful participants at the banquet and not be party crashers cloaked with a constant state of unworthiness and holiness of righteousness lacking action? Take the banquet party to the streets; do not keep it constrained in edifices padlocked with contentment. Let the celebration ooze the joyful reality of faith into the multiplicity of the cities’ locales and not let it be contained with exclusivity like high society snobbishness.
Individual Reflection: Matthew 22:1-14
October 18th is the feast of St Luke, a convert to Christianity. He speaks of the universality of redemption through faith and support for the poor in his Gospel and The Acts of the Apostles. Read the Gospel for the feast day, Luke 10:1-9. How are you a disciple? How is God challenging you to be a disciple out of your comfort zone?
Family Reflection: Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20
October 19th is Bread for the World Sunday. Look at their on line resources, in English and Spanish, that you might share at your parish. Organize a letter writing advocacy campaign at your parish to support Bread for the World initiatives.
Ask St Luke’s intercession, in praying to be a disciple with joy.
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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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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 3, 2014 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.