February 7, 2016: Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers
By his work and industriousness, man — who has a share in the divine art and wisdom — makes creation, the cosmos already ordered by the Father, more beautiful. He summons the social and community energies that increase the common good, above all to the benefit of those who are neediest. Human work, directed to charity as its final goal, becomes an occasion for contemplation, it becomes devout prayer, vigilantly rising towards and in anxious hope of the day that will not end. “In this superior vision, work, a punishment and at the same time a reward of human activity, involves another relationship, the essentially religious one, which has been happily expressed in the Benedictine formula: ora et labora! The religious fact confers on human work an enlivening and redeeming spirituality. Such a connection between work and religion reflects the mysterious but real alliance, which intervenes between human action and the providential action of God” (266) Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
First Reading: Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8
Psalm: 138:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 7-8
Second Reading: 1st Corinthians 15:1-11
Gospel: Luke 5:1-11
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Christ, sent by the Father, is the source of the Church’s whole apostolate”; thus the fruitfulness of apostolate for ordained ministers as well as for lay people clearly depends on their vital union with Christ. In keeping with their vocations, the demands of the times and the various gifts of the Holy Spirit, the apostolate assumes the most varied forms. But charity, drawn from the Eucharist above all, is always “as it were, the soul of the whole apostolate. (864) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
We profess a creed, Jesus died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, was buried and raised on the third day, then went on to appear to Cephas, the Twelve and eventually to all the Apostles. Do we recite the creed from the text of a missal, by memory or is the significance and power of the creed we profess written on our heart? Moving beyond our sins that separate us from God and His Church, we experience grace. How will we use that grace so it is not ineffective? How do we experience the freedom? Pondering personal pursuits or reveling in the joy of service? How can we take the gift of grace and share it so others believe? Questions constantly presented to rest in our hands and engrained in our hearts to manifest our creed into action guided by the Holy Spirit and supported by the angels to build up spiritual strength within us. In the past, we may have felt doomed and let unclean utterances dominate our verbiage to lead unproductive lives. That was of our own doing, not lives of faith. Following Jesus, we are unafraid to venture into the deep waters of His mercy and follow his ways. Doing it our individualistic way, we can only mumble about inadequacies, languish, bobbling along, for Lord calls us to work collaboratively, partners to help and support one another. So, we are not in the danger of sinking. Living that way, we step back to examine our lives and go wow as amazement seizes our spirit in gratitude. It allows us to leave everything behind that separates us from the Lord, our past failings, immersions into searching for peace in worldly reality, lofty thrones of power and wealth. For in living the creed we profess our wickedness is removed, our sin purged so we clearly hear the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, who will go for us?” We resolutely reply, “Here I am Lord, send me as a disciple, so I may joyfully live the creed I profess and preach it by my actions.”
Individual Reflection: Luke 5:1-11
Reflect on the Great Catch in the artwork of John August Swanson. How do you envision your faith participation in the Great Catch?
Family Reflection: 1st Corinthians 15:1-11
Recite the Apostle’s Creed, stopping to discuss the meaning and significance of each stanza in your lives.
Pray the Nicene Creed, slowly savoring the significance of each stanza in your faith journey.
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.
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, February 1, 2016 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.