August 9, 2015: Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
The commandment of mutual love, which represents the law of life for God’s people, must inspire, purify and elevate all human relationships in society and in politics. “To be human means to be called to interpersonal communion”, because the image and the likeness of the Trinitarian God are the basis of the whole of “human ‘ethos‘, which reaches its apex in the commandment of love”. The modern cultural, social, economic and political phenomenon of interdependence, which intensifies and makes particularly evident the bonds that unite the human family, accentuates once more, in the light of Revelation, “a new model of the unity of the human race, which must ultimately inspire our solidarity. This supreme model of unity, which is a reflection of the intimate life of God, one God in three Persons, is what we Christians mean by the word ‘communion‘”. (33) Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
First Reading:1st Kings 19:4-8
Psalm:34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Second Reading: Ephesians 4:30-5:2
Gospel: John 6:41-51
Catechism of the Catholic Church
There is no surer pledge or dearer sign of this great hope in the new heavens and new earth “in which righteousness dwells,” than the Eucharist. Every time this mystery is celebrated, “the work of our redemption is carried on” and we “break the one bread that provides the medicine of immortality, the antidote for death, and the food that makes us live for ever in Jesus Christ.” (1405) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
It could be easy to die to life. Tuning out the matrix of relationships, wanting to step off the treadmill of a world competitively racing in superlatives of better and best. Who would have the audacity to break the slumber of lifeless living? Only God and His messengers, the angels offering a touch of hope, prophets engaging us to examine why our participation matters on the journey to the mountain of God. We are offered a taste of our senses to vision the invitation of a collaborative expression of faith. We hear the voice of change beckoning to cease distinction between myself and immigrants. We touch the hands of compassion to feel the care extended to the elderly in the fog of dementia. We smell the winds of change freshening the air of stereotypes and hate to heighten acuity of inclusion in the family of God. We may have intrepidation to trust our God given senses, literally and figuratively, but the Lord answers our concern to deliver us from our fears and shame of timidity, for when we embrace the journey, joy percolates above that which might appear to be fraught with challenges, ambiguities. Living life the angels of the Lord encamp around us, the Holy Spirit seals us for the day of redemption, so we live as temples of the Holy Spirit. If we opt to live expressing bitterness, fury, anger, shouting and reveling, we die to participation in life and instead are agents severing an affirmation of life by destroying relationships. Bubbling with hope, flowing with compassion, sharing in kindness of respect, letting the mercy of God’s forgiveness we experience flow into the sea of humanity, we live life-building bridges to connect our lives on the journey to the mountain of God. A process of imitating God as He has modeled life for us, His children, to live in love as His Son exemplified. At times, we might murmur, why the bother, it is easier to sleepwalk and be dead to life. However, listening to Our Father, we know He desires for us not to languish in ineptness with a zeal for life. He treasures our belief in the gifts of His abundance for life today and into eternity. We will not die from wandering in the wilderness without a sense of direction or live absorbed with false conquests and kings offering heartless decrees. For with our heartfelt affirmation of Amen, to the Bread of Life, for the life of the world, we do not sit in the desert of our soul parched and lifeless to the world, for it provides the strength to live.
Individual Reflection: Ephesians 4:30-5:2
What is one act of kindness you will practice each day this week?
Family Reflection: Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
August 15th is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Discuss attributes of Mary’s witness. How does she offers us hope, affirmations for justice and trust to say “yes” to God’s ways?
Prayer: Adapted from Collect from the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Almighty and ever-living God, who assumed the Immaculate Virgin Mary, the Mother of your Son, body and soul into heavenly glory, grant, we pray, that always attentive to the things that are above, we may merit to be sharers of her glory. May her model of discipleship, to stand at the foot of the cross, challenge us to witness to our faith. Help us to always say “yes”, not out of obligation, but out of devotion to Your ways. For Your ways and the ways of Your Son sustain us in hope, fill us with joy and lead us to Your holy mountain. We pray in the name of Your dear Son, Amen
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By Barb Born, July 23, 2015 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.