January 18, 2015: Second 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:1st Samuel 3:3b-10, 19
Psalm: 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
Second Reading: 1st Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20
Gospel: John 1:35-42
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Jesus is the Father’s Emissary. From the beginning of his ministry, he “called to him those whom he desired; …. and he appointed twelve, whom also he named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to preach.” From then on, they would also be his “emissaries” (Greek apostoloi). In them, Christ continues his own mission: “As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” The apostles’ ministry is the continuation of his mission; Jesus said to the Twelve: “he who receives you receives me.” (858)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:
1st Corinthians 6:20
The Church moves further into the Third Millennium of the Christian era as a pilgrim people, guided by Christ, the “great Shepherd” (Heb 13:20). He is the “Holy Door” (cf. Jn10:9) through which we passed during the Great Jubilee of the year 2000. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life (cf. Jn 14:6): contemplating the Lord’s face, we confirm our faith and our hope in him, the one Saviour and goal of history.
The Church continues to speak to all people and all nations, for it is only in the name of Christ that salvation is given to men and women. Salvation, which the Lord Jesus obtained “at a price” (1 Cor 6:20; cf. 1 Pet 1:18-19), is achieved in the new life that awaits the righteous after death, but it also permeates this world in the realities of the economy and labour, of technology and communications, of society and politics, of the international community and the relations among cultures and peoples. “Jesus came to bring integral salvation, one which embraces the whole person and all mankind, and opens up the wondrous prospect of divine filiation” (1)
The Church teaches men and women that God offers them the real possibility of overcoming evil and attaining good. The Lord has redeemed mankind “bought with a price” (1 Cor 6:20). The meaning and basis of the Christian commitment in the world are founded on this certainty, which gives rise to hope despite the sin that deeply marks human history. The divine promise guarantees that the world does not remain closed in upon itself but is open to the Kingdom of God. The Church knows the effects of “the mystery of lawlessness” (2 Thes 2:7), but she also knows that “there exist in the human person sufficient qualities and energies, a fundamental ‘goodness’ (cf. Gen 1:31), because he is the image of the Creator, placed under the redemptive influence of Christ, who ‘united himself in some fashion with every man’, and because the efficacious action of the Holy Spirit ‘fills the earth’ (Wis1:7)” (578)
Faith can be lived with acceptance or belief. To accept faith acknowledges theological precepts intellectually, but lacks heartfelt commitment to morph thoughts into a meaningful lived reality. With belief, faith becomes embedded in the fiber of one’s being translating to action and integration into all facets of one’s life, a life of discipleship. Faith lived with acceptance is like sitting in the stands watching a ball game, munching popcorn and drinking a beer. Faith rooted in discipleship is being in the game, an active participant. Strategizing, rooted in prayer, guiding of the Word, the Spirit and the witness and intercession of the Saints forms an offense rooted in compassion, forgiveness and mercy to complement a defense against injustice and exclusion. After Mass and receiving the Eucharist on Sunday, it is not a time out from discipleship until the next Sunday. For discipleship is an essence of how we live our lives moment by moment, action by action. We must realize in discipleship we are not a one person team, competing against others for accolades and trophies of superiority, but play complementary roles collaborating as the Body of Christ. A process of having our eyes, ears, heart and mind open to listen to God and for the strength to be cognizant to the needs and challenges of others, so we look beyond our self. Then we can say, Here I am Lord, I come to do Your will, not mine, and to announce your justice in where ever we are called to be in the vast assembly of humanity, with lips unrestrained by fear. A process of HOPE: How Ordinary People Exalt God is living a life rooted in accepting the call to discipleship.
Individual Reflection: psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
To live with discipleship to care for creation, how can you encourage more recycling at your work place/
Family Reflection 1st Samuel 3:3b-10, 19
Have family members share how they have experienced God’s call of discipleship. What are some ways the family is being called to live as disciples today and how will you answer that call?
Prayer: 1st Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20
Acknowledging that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit you need to live a life of discipleship.
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.
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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, January 5, 2015 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.