June 28, 2015: Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity (As a source of hope)
This document offers a complete overview of the fundamental framework of the doctrinal corpus of Catholic social teaching. This overview allows us to address appropriately the social issues of our day, which must be considered as a whole, since they are characterized by an ever greater interconnectedness, influencing one another mutually and becoming increasingly a matter of concern for the entire human family. The exposition of the Church’s social doctrine is meant to suggest a systematic approach for finding solutions to problems, so that discernment, judgment and decisions will correspond to reality, and so that solidarity and hope will have a greater impact on the complexities of current situations. These principles, in fact, are interrelated and shed light on one another mutually, insofar as they are an expression of Christian anthropology, fruits of the revelation of God’s love for the human person. However, it must not be forgotten that the passing of time and the changing of social circumstances will require a constant updating of the reflections on the various issues raised here, in order to interpret the new signs of the times. (9) Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
First Reading: Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24
Psalm: 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11, 12, 13
Second Reading: 2nd Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15
Gospel: Mark 5:21-43
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Since it belongs to the supernatural order, grace escapes our experience and cannot be known except by faith. We cannot therefore rely on our feelings or our works to conclude that we are justified and saved. However, according to the Lord’s words “Thus you will know them by their fruits”- reflection on God’s blessings in our life and in the lives of the saints offers us a guarantee that grace is at work in us and spurs us on to an ever greater faith and an attitude of trustful poverty.
A pleasing illustration of this attitude is found in the reply of St. Joan of Arc to a question posed as a trap by her ecclesiastical judges: “Asked if she knew that she was in God’s grace, she replied: ‘If I am not, may it please God to put me in it; if I am, may it please God to keep me there.'” (2005)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: no references this week
Hopelessness can permeate society. An affliction of believing the status quo clutches finite reality producing commotion of despair, ridicule towards those with strength to believe and trust that entering a space of despair sacredness resonates. Those made ritually unclean, by precepts emulating from doctrine of exclusion, offer us insights to believe, have faith and hope. For they have courage to reach out where others might wallow in timidity. And the Lord gives them peace, for in faith they witness to divine ways. They realize God does not desire for us spiritual death and separation from His creation of goodness in humanity. Excelling in faith, a knowledge of faith produces graciousness, for faith is not burdensome. A sharing of God’s abundance with equality precipitates from embracing the interconnectedness of people that cannot be separated by the depths of the sea, the summits of mountains, lines of demarcation drawn in the sand or historical entrenchment of entitlement. At times, our lens of acuity towards God may lose focus, we wrap ourselves in our own cloak, made with fabric of opulence, embroidered with our name, logos of status to cause God to shudder. His anger lasts for but a moment, for He does not rejoice in the destruction of the living and reaches out to embrace us with a lifetime of good will to help us see self-piety, self-preservation ends in death of our relationship to God. A life mourning expectations. Issues percolate around us, simmering, boiling, and bubbling. Will we enter their context, see the faces of people and let our face be seen to enter the dance of life and live for eternity?
Individual Reflection: Mark 5:21-43
Visit NETWORK’s website and review “We The Taxpayer” material. How might you use the information to start a dialogue on budget priorities as a moral document for the common good in your community.
Family Reflection: 2nd Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15
On July 4th, Independence Day, the Mass is to focus on asking for peace, justice and truth. (Daily Roman Missal, July 4th Introduction) The Preface talks of us living as brothers and sisters, where we might live as one. Talk about how patriotism can be prideful, limit the quest for peace, the equality of justice and silence truth. Discuss the consequences of national and global episodes and incidents where Gospel values were not followed.
From Laudato Si
A prayer for our earth
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.
A Christian prayer in union with creation
Father, we praise you with all your creatures.
They came forth from your all-powerful hand;
they are yours, filled with your presence and your tender love.
Praise be to you!
Son of God, Jesus,
through you all things were made.
You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother,
you became part of this earth,
and you gazed upon this world with human eyes.
Today you are alive in every creature
in your risen glory.
Praise be to you!
Holy Spirit, by your light
you guide this world towards the Father’s love
and accompany creation as it groans in travail.
You also dwell in our hearts
And you inspire us to do what is good.
Praise be to you!
Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love,
teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of you.
Awaken our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made.
Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined
to everything that is.
God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love for all the creatures of this earth,
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good, advance the weak,
and care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.
O Lord, seize us with your power and light,
help us to protect all life,
to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your Kingdom
of justice, peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you!
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By Barb Born, June 23, 2015 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.