September 25, 2011: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
First Reading: Ezekiel 18:25-28
Second Reading: Philippians 2:1-11
Gospel: Matthew 21:28-32
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: Philippians 2:8
“…In him (Jesus) 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 continually offered to all…In 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 must therefore be loved, even if an enemy, with the same love with which the Lord loves him or her…” paragraph 196
Today, when Jesus asks you to go out and work in the vineyard of justice, will you say yes in the ideals of your conscience, but fail to follow through with action? Or will you say, “No way I could do that!”, only to come to your spiritual senses and realize the Lord guides the humble to justice. Not tethered to past iniquity and remembering not frailties, God teaches us to pursue His paths to do what is right and just. Christ offers encouragement for us to be of His same mind, with the same love, united in heart to never act out of selfish desires for our own interest, but prioritize the needs of others. When you are asked, “What is your opinion?”, respond not in self serving platitudes, but reply with Jesus’ attitude of compassion and mercy, united in solidarity. A statement that we believe and primes us to follow through with action.
Individual Reflection: Ezekiel 18:25-28 and Psalm 25
When saying the Penitential Rite at Mass, absorb the grace to move beyond past iniquity, failings and frailties to live in humble faith.
Family Reflection: Philippians 2:1-11
September 29th is the Feast of Archangels St Michael, St Gabriel and St Raphael. Online, read paragraphs 328 to 336, in Catechism of the Catholic Church, about angels and discuss their role as “servants and messengers of God” (paragraph 329).
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