July 26, 2015: Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
“The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change. The Creator does not abandon us; he never forsakes his loving plan or repents of having created us. Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home…” (13)
Laudato Si, Pope Francis
First Reading: 2nd Kings 4:42-44
Psalm: 145:10-11, 15-16, 17-18
Second Reading: Ephesians 4:1-6
Gospel: John 6:1-15
Catechism of the Catholic Church
From the beginning, this one Church has been marked by a great diversity which comes from both the variety of God’s gifts and the diversity of those who receive them. Within the unity of the People of God, a multiplicity of peoples and cultures is gathered together. Among the Church’s members, there are different gifts, offices, conditions, and ways of life. “Holding a rightful place in the communion of the Church there are also particular Churches that retain their own traditions.” The great richness of such diversity is not opposed to the Church’s unity. Yet sin and the burden of its consequences constantly threaten the gift of unity. and so the Apostle has to exhort Christians to “maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (814)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
Living by faith puts us in improbable situations. Jobs we did not expect. Ministries where we lacked competence. Friendships that seemed an odd match. But these situations did not happen by chance. God placed us there, called us. And guided by the Holy Spirit, we followed that path to nurture our trust in God. Trust to realize our human limitations and expectations could never thwart God’s ability to proclaim prophetic ways. Jesus took the barley loves in His hands, gave thanks and distributed food for the five thousand. Everyone was satisfied and the leftovers surpassed the initial quantity of food. Jesus did not just pray and distance himself from those in need. He offered hospitality with attentiveness to those gathered. On our faith journey, we must be grounded in prayer, but not let a life of devotion grasp away our call to trust God. Prayer without action, prayer without hospitality, prayer without trust languishes only as a conversation, a pious façade to posture behind, while people are physically and spiritually hungry. All God’s works we should give thanks for, by freely being the hands and feet of the Lord, graciously serving to reveal the glory of God’s kingdom in every living thing. Will we partake in the call rooted in justice and holiness? Will we ask questions of justice so voices resonate with hope, not silenced by intimidation? Will we grasp God’s holy abundance in our hands, give thanks and freely share the goodness, realizing we are one body united through our one Father of all? Only with trust can we ask those questions. Only with trust can we move beyond prayerful platitudes to serve as we have been called.
Individual Reflection: John 6:1-15
Familiarize yourself with Bread for the World’s 2015 Hunger Report. Consider starting a group to reflect on the document’s study guide resources: http://hungerreport.org/2015/
Family Reflection: 2nd Kings 4:42-44
As a family, make a tasty loaf of bread and share it with people in need.
God may we always remember you provide us bread, physically and spiritually. Help us to trust in your ways, so we move beyond the conversation of prayer to the grace of service. So we see the world face to face, in the diversity of your kingdom unified by our one hope. Help us to be attentive to resources that can be shared, hospitality that can be offered, fragments of abundance that offer hope towards new horizons. We pray in thanksgiving, in your Son’s dear name, Amen.
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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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List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
By Barb Born, July 17, 2015 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.