December 6, 2015: Second Sunday of Advent
Catholic Social Teaching: Call to Family, Community and Participation
The principles of the Church’s social doctrine must be appreciated in their unity, interrelatedness and articulation. This requirement is rooted in the meaning that the Church herself attributes to her social doctrine, as a unified doctrinal corpus that interprets modern social realities in a systematic manner. Examining each of these principles individually must not lead to using them only in part or in an erroneous manner, which would be the case if they were to be invoked in a disjointed and unconnected way with respect to each of the others. A deep theoretical understanding and the actual application of even just one of these social principles clearly shows the reciprocity, complementarities and interconnectedness that is part of their structure. These fundamental principles of the Church’s social doctrine, moreover, represent much more than a permanent legacy of reflection, which is also an essential part of the Christian message, since they indicate the paths possible for building a good, authentic and renewed social life. (162) Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
First Reading: Baruch 5:1-9
Psalm: 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
Second Reading: Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11
Gospel: Luke 3:1-6
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Finally, with John the Baptist, the Holy Spirit begins the restoration to man of “the divine likeness,” prefiguring what he would achieve with and in Christ. John’s baptism was for repentance; baptism in water and the Spirit will be a new birth. (720) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Second Sunday of Advent, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: no references this week
When have we lived in the diaspora? Self-imposed exile in misery from the splendor of God’s glory, exposed to a land void of God’s justice. Then a spark consoles us, a glimmer of hope radiates into an illumination that we are remembered by God expounding the peace of His justice. The mountains of separation, seeming unscalable, become placid rolling hills. Age-old gorges plunging deep with animosity, disdain and hate, many times rooted in fear, become level ground to traverse in a journey of embracing where we never were but always belonged… A life of faith, a Church of universal dimensions formed by individual grace. God leads us there formed not in trepidation, but joy and light illuminating glory, for as we succumb to mercy, the diaspora lingers only as a faint memory. This unfolds as a collaborative journey, living each unfolding moment in solidarity as a partnership for the Gospel. Competition has no place, individualism fractures and dominance implodes partnership. Our prayers for one another must expound words of joy, confident that God’s spirt living within us, that is the source of the good works of our minds and hands, will guide it to fruition. If we are truly the hands and feet of Christ, our service, love for one another and creation will increase more and more. We are able to discern what is divinely valuable and what is worldly trash. For Christ fills us with His presence if we believe what we eat transforms us to give glory and praise to God in the daily semantics of our lives.
Individual Reflection: Baruch 5:1-9
Reflect upon your diaspora experiences. How did they strengthen your faith to live with joy? What mountains were in your path, that became low hills? What gorges needed to be filled? Have some quiet time of prayerful praise.
Family Reflection: Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11
December 9th is the Memorial of Saint Juan Diego. Reflect upon his persistence and faith that spiritually strengthened the faithful over the centuries , though he was viewed as just a lowly peasant. Enjoy some pan dulce and Mexican style hot chocolate.
Prayer: Read the USCCB commentary on Advent liturgical prayers
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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.
Catholic Social Teaching offers seven principles for upholding life in our thoughts, decisions and actions.
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, November 21, 2015 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.