January 22, 2017: Third Sunday of Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
Freedom is the highest sign in man of his being made in the divine image and, consequently, is a sign of the sublime dignity of every human person. “Freedom is exercised in relationships between human beings. Every human person, created in the image of God, has the natural right to be recognized as a free and responsible being. All owe to each other this duty of respect. The right to the exercise of freedom, especially in moral and religious matters, is an inalienable requirement of the dignity of the human person”. The meaning of freedom must not be restricted, considering it from a purely individualistic perspective and reducing it to the arbitrary and uncontrolled exercise of one’s own personal autonomy: “Far from being achieved in total self-sufficiency and the absence of relationships, freedom only truly exists where reciprocal bonds, governed by truth and justice, link people to one another”. The understanding of freedom becomes deeper and broader when it is defended, even at the social level, in all of its various dimensions. (199) Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
First Reading: Isaiah 8:23-9:3
Psalm: 27:1, 4, 13-14
Second Reading: 1st Corinthians 1:10-13, 17
Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Lay people also fulfill their prophetic mission by evangelization, “that is, the proclamation of Christ by word and the testimony of life.” For lay people, “this evangelization . . . acquires a specific property and peculiar efficacy because it is accomplished in the ordinary circumstances of the world.”
“This witness of life, however, is not the sole element in the apostolate; the true apostle is on the lookout for occasions of announcing Christ by word, either to unbelievers . . . or to the faithful. ” (905)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the, Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle A
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
For complete text visit: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/justpeace/documents/rc_pc_justpeace_doc_20060526_compendio-dott-soc_en.html
Does joy infuse our faith, radiate in our ministries? Joy proclaims Jesus, others and yourself must collaborate to live the Gospel. A bringing together of gifts given that become shared, tangible items and also, emotions, love expressed in being present when someone feel frozen outside the divine touch of God. Joy comes from realizing Jesus lifts our yokes when people feel oppression and loss of respect, dignity and opportunity. So we dwell in the house of the Lord beyond a physical location to the whole of creation contemplating the grander and affirming courage by illuminating darkness. Venturing, pondering beyond being light to transformation from the characteristics of light. For to stand and glow like a solitary candle sitting in the middle of a big table might look inviting, provide some light—-like living faith isolated in a cocoon, a believer in the Lord but untransformed to let the warmth of the candle extend beyond the center of the table. A faith about my holiness, but unconnected, unattached to the collective journey of the family of God. Unaware of the transformation from the fire of the candle could provide to warm the hearts of people in need of transformation, attentively gazing from the perimeter of the table. Only when the flame of the candle becomes hot enough and burns long enough to liquify wax from a solid state to a flowing substance does light transform by permeating the porosity of creation, the ordinary nuances of life.
Jesus did not initiate his ministry in Jerusalem, the holy city or his home town of Nazareth, but Capernaum. A city populated by Hebrews and Gentiles to affirm his message as offered to all people. Are we open to share in ministry anyplace, any time, to any person or do we place restrictions on where Jesus might use us? Jesus called the Apostles with assurance that in following him they would fulfill his mission and find fulfillment. A call affirmed without delay, using their skills as fishermen to become fishers of men. A lifestyle now of getting others in the boat, mending nets in society torn by fear, ripped by power of imposing God in unhealthy slaps of legalism dislodging mercy. Jesus visited the synagogues of the Apostles proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom. Will we let Jesus proclaim the gospel of the kingdom in the sacred places of our world? The words of a courageous homily in a church, the bus bench that is home to the man we call homeless, the dining room table of a single mom and her children, the nature trail of a park, the busy line at the recycling center? Where ever our feet touch the earth, where ever our heart is present in creation, where ever we listen to gloom from those in exile, let our faith be joyfully present to dispel darkness as we rejoice in the freedom of having our yoke lifted and patiently help others give flight to their yokes.
Individual Reflection: Isaiah 8:23-9:3
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Family Reflection: Matthew 4:12-23
January 25th is the conversion of St Paul. Reflect and share on when you came to believe
Prayer: Adaption Communion Antiphon for Feast of Conversion of St Paul Galatians 2:20
Thank you God that we live by faith in your Son, who has loved us and given himself up for us. May I share that love and give loving service to others. Not having to be reminded, but letting it flow from the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Letting presence be a present to others and ourselves. Foundationally, may we root our faith in the acronym of JOY, from knowing you desire to free us from oppressive yokes we burden ourselves with. In Jesus’ dear name we pray, Amen
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