July 17, 2016: Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers
Through work, we continually participate in upholding life in God’s creation. By supporting a living wage and safe working conditions, economic justice aligns with the common good in respecting workers’ dignity by providing the necessities of life.
“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…” Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, 266
First Reading: Genesis 18:1-10a
Psalm: Psalm 15:2-3, 3-4, 5
Second Reading: Colossians 1:24-28
Gospel: Luke 10:38-42
Catechism of the Catholic Church
God put us in the world to know, to love, and to serve him, and so to come to paradise. Beatitude makes us “partakers of the divine nature” and of eternal life.21 With beatitude, man enters into the glory of Christ and into the joy of the Trinitarian life. (1721) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle C
***Footnote 21 is from 2nd Peter 1:4 Read that verse and the following verses through verse 11***
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:
In his preaching, Jesus teaches man not to be enslaved by work. Before all else, he must be concerned about his soul; gaining the whole world is not the purpose of his life (cf. Mk8:36). The treasures of the earth, in fact, are consumed, while those in heaven are imperishable. It is on these latter treasures that men and women must set their hearts (cf. Mt6:19-21). Work, then, should not be a source of anxiety (cf. Mt 6:25,31,34). When people are worried and upset about many things, they run the risk of neglecting the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (cf. Mt 6:33), which they truly need. Everything else, work included, will find its proper place, meaning and value only if it is oriented to this one thing that is necessary and that will never be taken away (cf. Lk 10:40-42). (260)
Absorption with work, the worries and anxieties, a predisposition to focus on the transitory, tactile essence of our lives separates us from faith. A wedge in our lives to prioritize work creates a chasm between our faith, when in actuality work should harmonize with faith. For we should see the connectivity of belief influencing, supporting and guiding our work as co-creators with God in our ever unfolding world. That perspective takes us away from idle busyness, meaningless mundane tasks, the incessant hurry to get things done, for we take time to hear the Lord speak. In the silence of prayer, the beauty of creation, the dialogue of small faith communities, the words of our journals all focus our lives on the Lord, to allow Him to be a part of all aspects of our lives, including work. We come to treasure not the figure of a paycheck, but how we walk our lives ever closer to the reign of God rooted in Divine justice with a deeper understanding of truth in our soul. We move away from wasting time slandering inequities to cleanse our mouths, minds and hearts for following the path of doing good, the positive, being light in the world to harm not humanity and creation or view neighbor as other. Money becomes not a leverage of injustice, a tool of usury to further distance people from one another, but of generosity where the necessities of all take precedent over the wants of a few. Work and ensuing riches vanish. But as Jesus told Martha, “There is only one thing,” will we allow ourselves the freedom and grace of Jesus’ invitation?
Individual Reflection: Colossians 1:24-28 and Psalm 15:2-3, 3-4, 5
This year July 22th will become a feast day in celebration of St Mary Magdalene. She was the first person Jesus appeared to after the resurrection and announced the message to the Apostles. That announcement continued through time and today we are to announce the resurrection of our Lord. Prayerfully reflect on how you manifest the Lord’s resurrection. St Mary Magdalene, pray for our Church. http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2016/06/10/commemoration_of_st_mary_magdalene_raised_to_a_feast/1236157
Family Reflection: Luke 10:38-42
Discuss how chores around the home can become less work focused, more prayerful and rooted in service to one another
Write a prayer incorporating themes from the scriptures reflecting the dignity of work and rights of workers listed on USCCB website
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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 July 2, 2016 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.