September 11, 2011: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
First Reading: Sirach 27:30 -28:9
Second Reading: Romans 14:7-9
Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: Romans 14:7-8
“Jesus takes up the entire Old Testament tradition even with regard to economic goods, wealth and poverty and he gives them great clarity and fullness. Freed from evil and being placed once more in communion with God, man is able to continue the work of Jesus, with the help of his Spirit. In this man is called to render justice to the poor…actively seeking a new social order in which adequate solutions to material poverty are offered and in which the forces thwarting the attempts of the weakest to free themselves from conditions of misery and slavery are more effectively controlled.”
Forgiveness is not a selective process to choose only when the situation is easy and convenient. Forgiveness means evaporating one’s ego and desist from living in a realm of power. Forgiveness takes time for reflection, to acknowledge hurt and resolve to start a new day in light, not darkness. Forgiveness emulates the Lord who is kind and merciful, slow to anger and rich in compassion. Forgiveness helps us to realize wrath and anger are hateful things that sinners hug tight. Forgiveness of another’s injustice is rooted in prayer and knowing one’s own sins will be forgiven. Forgiveness ceases to nourish anger and overlooks faults for healing. Forgiveness trusts not in bombs and guns, but God’s love, Jesus who affirms non-violent, peace building and the gifts of the Holy Spirit for examples and strength to forgive. Forgiveness lives not for oneself, but for the Lord.
Individual Reflection: Sirach 27:30 – 28:9
Visit Pax Christi’s website for resources on observing the anniversary of 9/11: http://www.paxchristiusa.org
Family Reflection: Psalm 103
Have each family member share a prayer for the grace to forgive someone with mercy and compassion.
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