Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Lectionary Reflection September 27, 2020


September 27, 2020: Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Catholic Social Teaching: Common good

The social nature of human beings is not uniform but is expressed in many different ways. In fact, the common good depends on a healthy social pluralism. The different components of society are called to build a unified and harmonious whole, within which it is possible for each element to preserve and develop its own characteristics and autonomy. Some components — such as the family, the civil community and the religious community — respond more immediately to the intimate nature of man, while others come about more on a voluntary basis. “To promote the participation of the greatest number in the life of a society, the creation of voluntary associations and institutions must be encouraged ‘on both national and international levels, which relate to economic and social goals, to cultural and recreational activities, to sport, to various professions, and to political affairs’. This ‘socialization’ also expresses the natural tendency for the sake of attaining objectives that exceed individual capacities. It develops the qualities of the person, especially the sense of initiative and responsibility, and helps guarantee his rights”.  (151) Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

Readings 

First Reading: Ezekiel 18:25-28

Psalm: 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9

Second Reading: Philippians 2:1-11

Gospel Acclamation: John 10:27

Gospel:Matthew 21:28-32

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Before we make our own this first exclamation of the Lord’s Prayer, we must humbly cleanse our hearts of certain false images drawn “from this world.” Humility makes us recognize that “no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him,” that is, “to little children.” The purification of our hearts has to do with paternal or maternal images, stemming from our personal and cultural history, and influencing our relationship with God.  God our Father transcends the categories of the created world. To impose our own ideas in this area “upon him” would be to fabricate idols to adore or pull down. To pray to the Father is to enter into his mystery as he is and as the Son has revealed him to us.

The expression God the Father had never been revealed to anyone. When Moses himself asked God who he was, he heard another name. The Father’s name has been revealed to us in the Son, for the name “Son” implies the new name “Father.” (2279). From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:

Philippians 2:8

The unsurpassed apex of the perspective indicated here is the life of Jesus of Nazareth, the New Man, who is one with humanity even to the point of “death on a cross” (Phil 2:8). In him it is always possible to recognize the living sign of that measureless and transcendent love of God-with-us, who takes on the infirmities of his people, walks with them, saves them and makes them one.  In him and thanks to him, life in society too, despite all its contradictions and ambiguities, can be rediscovered as a place of life and hope, in that it is a sign of grace that is continuously offered to all and because it is an invitation to ever higher and more involved forms of sharing.

Jesus of Nazareth makes the connection between solidarity and charity shine brightly before all, illuminating the entire meaning of this connection: “In the light of faith, solidarity seeks to go beyond itself, to take on the specifically Christian dimensions of total gratuity, forgiveness and reconciliation. One’s neighbor is then not only a human being with his or her own rights and a fundamental equality with everyone else, but becomes the living image of God the Father, redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ and placed under the permanent action of the Holy Spirit. One’s neighbor must therefore be loved, even if an enemy, with the same love with which the Lord loves him or her; and for that person’s sake one must be ready for sacrifice, even the ultimate one: to lay down one’s life for the brethren (cf. 1 Jn 3:16)”.  (196)

For complete text visit: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/justpeace/documents/rc_pc_justpeace_doc_20060526_compendio-dott-soc_en.html

Reflection 

Humility, a word rooted in Old Testament literature reflecting a desirable posture before God.  Christianity draws upon the example of Christ’s humility as a demeanor freely assumed.  No strings attached like a puppet, but freely embraced as Jesus emptied himself in molding himself to the cross.  Humility, the total anthesis of selfishness or pride.  The act of acknowledging the needs of others create a fabric woven in variegated shades to identify, articulate and address the commonality of all humanity.  An obedience to God’s precepts of the dignity of every person even thought they may be smothered in frailties.  For because of Christ’s humility, our draw to humility should become malleable thru mercy, as humility requires us to be teachable in God’s ways.  The openness to learning justice in God’s terms in the recesses of our heart and not our head.  The need to pivot away from the restraints of actions, pleasures and ideals that disconnect us from God and continually learn to shift our gaze to the humility of the cross.  The realization our sins are forever forgiven, we are free, unburdened and any deviation from that perspective renders our life a separation from God.  The struggle without mercy and the comfort of compassion sears humility from a person’s life.  For humility is beyond an attitude nestled, compartmentalized in a nice person index, but requires affirmation via action.  The requirement to show up in the Lord’s vineyard, whether we show up on time or arrive at another appointed hour.  The phoniness to say, “Yes Lord, I’m humble,” but get holiness confused with humility, a belief that piety saves is a paradigm Jesus associated with the chief priests and elders of His day.  To enter the kingdom of God requires conversion to abandon ways of darkness, the slippery slope of greed complicit with rulers intent on controlling minds without a cognizant appreciation for the dynamics of people’s souls.  Our encouragement in following Christ is to follow His humility, not just desiring good, looking out for our own interests, but also those of others.  Humility does not make us door mats to be trampled and our dignity scuffed, but empowers us to seek the common good of which all equally apart.  Agents of change, inspired by the Spirit, to embody God’s compassion and mercy in human terms.  Not separated from the world, but united with the people and world God created.  A unity with the same love God lavishes on us in His desire for us to fully know Him.  The same love Jesus shared with us on the cross out of His desire the Father’s will be done and that we know the freedom of forgiveness.  The same love we can render by our actions empowered, articulated by humility seeking unity in the world to heal divisiveness.  For humility is not isolated, silent or relegated to social, political or religious leaders, but the call to a way of life Jesus molded for each of us when we hear His voice and follow Him.

Individual Reflection: Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9

Compassion comes from the Hebrew word for womb., an essence of security.  Reflect on God’s compassion for you and how you share compassion with others.  

Family Reflection: Matthew 21:28-32

September 29th is the Feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.

Celebrate the Feast of Michaelmas with liturgy, prayer, food and crafts

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https://www.catholicicing.com/celebrate-michaelmas-st-michael-and-all/

Prayer: October 2nd is the Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

Each of our Guardian Angels be our protector and guide

Pray to your Guardian Angel every day 

Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here, ever this day be at my side, to light and guard to rule and guide.  Amen

Blogs to Visit:

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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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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.

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Catholic Social Teaching offers seven principles for upholding life in our thoughts, decisions and actions.

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How we do Catholic Social Teaching.

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Creation sustainability ministry resources in the spirit of the St Francis Pledge.

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Social Ministry Resources Engaging Parishes: Monthly and liturgical seasons resources for use with parish websites, bulletins and newsletters

Involvement Opportunities

List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites

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