June 26, 2016: Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
The principle of solidarity requires that men and women of our day cultivate a greater awareness that they are debtors of the society of which they have become part. They are debtors because of those conditions that make human existence liveable, and because of the indivisible and indispensable legacy constituted by culture, scientific and technical knowledge, material and immaterial goods and by all that the human condition has produced. A similar debt must be recognized in the various forms of social interaction, so that humanity’s journey will not be interrupted but remain open to present and future generations, all of them called together to share the same gift in solidarity. (195)
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
First Reading: 1st Kings 19:16b, 19-21
Psalm: 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
Second Reading: Galatians 5:1, 13-18
Gospel: Luke 9:51-62
Catechism of the Catholic Church
From the very beginning of the Church there were men and women who set out to follow Christ with greater liberty, and to imitate him more closely, by practicing the evangelical counsels. They led lives dedicated to God, each in his own way. Many of them, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, became hermits or founded religious families. These the Church, by virtue of her authority, gladly accepted and approved. (918)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
Who have we taken time to mentor? Mentor for ministering, mentor in faith, mentor about one’s profession, to share our inheritance of knowledge, praxis and faith. All aspects of our lives where people will succeed us. Can we share the passion of what fuels our enthusiasm, joy and peace? First by pausing to savor that diversity of inheritance not into quantifiable possessions, but the essence of what makes us whole, counsels us, exhorts us on with gladness in our hearts. An inheritance where we are never abandoned on the path to fullness of life.
Mentorship cannot be forced onto an unwelcoming spirit lacking a vision of journeying on a common mission, for mentorship approaches sharing our inheritance as a partnership, not an indoctrination. A partnership among colleagues or across generations. Then our skills, talents and faith takes not on the characteristic of a possession we are enslaved to, but freely able to give it away. For we love our neighbor as ourselves to desire they inherit the blessings of a meaningful life we have received. Only with our lives tuned to the Spirit, do we see we must shed desires for controlling, dominating others to encourage others to join us on the journey that delights our soul.
How will the invitation to share your inheritance look? An invite sharing the positive experiences, challenging situations in the work place, at your parish. Helping people to see the calling in ministry may start with a simple conversation, an offering to come and join in helping with a project. An opportunity for growth in skills and faith cultivating a transformation for an observer to immerse themselves in, releasing the abundant fruit of mentorship.
Individual Reflection: Luke 9:51-62
Prayerful reflect on who you might mentor.
Family Reflection: Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
Pray and discuss about what spiritual inheritance you want to give to others
Awesome God, we thank you for the mentors you place in our lives. Their sharing of time, wisdom and compassion for us to join closer to you on our journey is a blessing in our lives. May we use their insights creatively, with joy, to share you Divine love with others. Help us to pause in our lives to mentor others and share our inheritance from you with them. We thank you for all the companions on our journey. In Your dear Son’s name, we pray. Amen
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By Barb Born June 6, 2016 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.