October 9, 2011: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
First Reading: Isaiah 25:6-10
Second Reading: Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20
Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: no references
When have you invited someone to participate in your ministry? To spend a few hours dialoguing about resources with families challenged by their children’s mental illness, compassionately serving dinner to the homeless, teaching an immigrant English so they have more employment opportunities, providing transportation to a senior citizen unable to use public transit or other acts of kindness and justice that might be a part of your ministry. When you invite a friend to help, you offer an example of how they might share their gifts in service of others. You are also inviting them to the banquet feast, for as they reach out to greet the hand of the Lord in those they meet, the veil that separates them from the reality of humanity will be destroyed. Some may walk away or ignore your invitation, finding the daunting reality brings tears to blur their vision. But others will faithfully know how to live in humble circumstances, for they will be graced to do all things in Him who strengthens them. By the invitation you extend to include them in your ministry, they will be blessed to spiritually feast at the banquet of life without want and experiencing a refreshed soul.
Individual Reflection: Matthew 22:1-14
Invite one person to your ministry each month for the next year.
Family Reflection: Psalm 23
Read the 23rd Psalm together and share how God helps you to live in the house of the Lord all the days of your life.
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