August 14, 2016: Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Call to Family, Community and Participation
“…It is not enough to show generic concern for the family in pastoral planning. This effort calls for missionary conversion by everyone in the Church, that is, one that is not content to proclaim a merely theoretical message without connection to people’s real problems…” (200 and 201) The Joy of Love, Pope Francis
First Reading: Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10
Psalm: 40:2, 3, 4, 18
Second Reading: Hebrews 12:1-4
Gospel: Luke 12:49-53
Catechism of the Catholic Church Fortitude is the moral virtue that ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good. It strengthens the resolve to resist temptations and to overcome obstacles in the moral life. the virtue of fortitude enables one to conquer fear, even fear of death, and to face trials and persecutions. It disposes one even to renounce and sacrifice his life in defense of a just cause. “The Lord is my strength and my song.” “In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (1808) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
Jesus told the disciples he came to set the earth on fire. Do you see the fire in your parish? Where do you see the fire in the universal Church? Can you assist in kindling the fire? Where is the fire only smoldering embers in the world? Has an ice age extinguished the fire in places? Jesus’ Gospel message, if embraced to the core, not just superficially, will produce a fire in our hearts for us to continually ignite the world. A passion for life lived with conviction and courage to share the radiance of all Gospel values. To compartmentalize, fracture, segment Jesus’ message and internalize only a portion of the Word, leaves our lives smoldering like a damp match. For omitting a segment leaves a void in our lives to negate the holistic message Jesus shares. Transmitted to our world in fragmented form, the fire is scattered and fails to consume our world in its entirety. Also, it is easy to extinguish a small fire ignited from a fragmented Gospel proclamation. But a cohesive expression of the Gospel in its entirety produces a vibrancy of vast breadth and intensity, where various segments fuel each other to produces a fire continually burning. Fueled by passion, the holistic message grows exponentially. A fire wrestling away impurities of narrowness to mold a cohesive inclusion. Peace will never be found grasping to a thread of the tapestry of life, unraveling away from a garment sized for all life’s experiences. We can choose to be witnesses to all Jesus shared with us, or in timidity just a fragment. The burden of “defending” a fragment prevents us from following the flames of love, the joy of running the race that lies before us each day to follow the leader and perfecter of faith, Jesus. Peace becomes swallowed up in confrontation and fear. So we must continually seek the fire that warms our heart and awakens us to a new song, so we trust in the Lord to live the invitation of all the Gospel.
Individual Reflection: Hebrews 12:1-4
Reflect on the Gospel reading for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Luke 1:39-56. How is Mary an advocate for mercy and justice? In what ways does Mary inspire you to strive for social transformation?
Family Reflection: Luke 12:49-53
Pray the Rosary with St James: The Mysteries of Discipleship:
How do the “cloud of witnesses” in the Rosary inspire you to be a witness by serving the poor, those experiencing discrimination and hatred, the cause of peace, the young, fearful, the suffering and dying?
Prayer: Collect for Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
O God, who have prepared for those who love you good things which no eye can see, fill our hearts, we pray, with warmth of your love, so that, loving you in all things and above all things, we may attain your promises , which surpass every human desire. Through your Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen
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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.
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By Barb Born August 4, 2016 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.