October 9, 2016: Twenty-eight Sunday of Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: All Seven Principles
The word of God encompasses all seven principles of Catholic Social Teaching and when we chain the word of God, we stifle Catholic Social Teaching.
Reflect on all seven principles: http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/seven-themes-of-catholic-social-teaching.cfm
First Reading: 2nd Kings 5:14-17
Psalm: 98:1, 2-3, 3-4
Second Reading:2nd Timothy 2:8-13
Gospel: Luke 17:11-19
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Thanksgiving characterizes the prayer of the Church which, in celebrating the Eucharist, reveals and becomes more fully what she is. Indeed, in the work of salvation, Christ sets creation free from sin and death to consecrate it anew and make it return to the Father, for his glory. the thanksgiving of the members of the Body participates in that of their Head. (2637)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Twenty-eight Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
How many ways do we attempt to chain the word of God to limit its reach, effectiveness and potential in a word grasping on false hopes? Do our parishes shutter the word of God behind stained glass windows never venturing forth with the message of the word proclaimed? Either from timidity towards pollinating God’s precepts in the collective human force for good or a deceptive faith robbed in devotional holiness, God’s word never makes it out the front doors of our parishes. Faith exists as an act of deceptive isolation, skewed to a God and me relationship void of pertinence and relevance to the world humming and buzzing around us. Do we chain the word of God’s applicability to a handful of issues, compartmentalized in a narrow focus? Our marquee to the world portrays God in narrow confines to deny the richness of faith woven into the tapestry of all life. Do we chain the word of God by partiality, limiting the voices to a few instead of the potential for many to share the power and effectiveness of God’s word? Do we chain the word of God from a fearful heart, wondering what will others say if we persevere in presenting the challenges of the Gospel to love and serve all people? Do we chain the word of God by judgment? Letting condemnation take precedent over mercy and reconciliation, the word of God reverts to a legalistic covenant instead of the warmth of a filial relationship. Do we chain the word of God by letting our desires take precedent over God’s kingdom? Where a life of comfort, solace and prestige surpasses or implodes the common good. We must strive to not chain the word of God, stifle its flow in all the crevices of our heart and marrow of society. For in doing so we deny our faith, we sever our relationship to our Creator and Redeemer to say our insights and agendas take precedent over faith.
When we don’t attempt to chain the word of God, thanksgiving comes forth for we see the wonder of Divine providence and faithfully acknowledge it by the lives we live. We are able to stand and go forth in faith amidst the word of God proclaimed and lived aware of the healing potential the word of God can impact on the world to dispel violence, hate, abuse, exploitation and sins of omission blotting out caring and compassion.
Individual Reflection:2nd Timothy 2:8-13
Write a reflection in your journal of how you chain the word of God? What actions will you take to unchain the word of God?
Family Reflection: Luke 17:11-19
As the Samaritan, the foreigner, returned to give thanks to God, talk about the goodness of people that might be of a different nationality, ethnicity or faith tradition than your family.
Prayer: Collect for the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time
May you grace, O Lord, we pray at all times go before us and follow after and make us always determined to carry out good works. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit.
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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 October 5, 2016 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.