October 2, 2011: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Care for God’s Creation
First Reading: Isaiah 5:1-7
Second Reading: Philippians 4:6-9
Gospel: Matthew 21:33-43
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: no references
Creation encompasses bountiful gifts of divine design, but do all share administrative decisions? When will the least be recognized equitably to share their opinions at the table of life, instead of facing an empty table? When will indigenous people not have their lands confiscated by resource poachers to maintain the ecological balance of creation? Does disdainful over consumption beat the potential for prudent decisions to allow all to receive for their basic human needs? When the economy of war kills the opportunity for peace building, creation becomes a possession for control, not a gift to share. The denial of human dignity and respect for life is encapsulated not just in the war of the womb, but anytime human life becomes expendable. Like when farm workers denied work breaks and hydration die in the fields, creation is not cared for in stewardship, but profits etched in stone. As tenants of creation, may we seek what ever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely and gracious. To think what is worthy of praise, means to keep doing what we learned, received, heard and seen exemplified by Jesus.
Individual Reflection: Philippians 4:6-9
With Respect Life Month and the Feast of St Francis observed in October, have this announcement included in your parish bulletin to share our faith’s respect for the sacredness of life and care of God’s creation:
Grounded in Scriptures and Catholic Social Teaching, we are called to witness to the interconnectedness and sacredness of all life. As our parishes observe Respect Life Month, the legacy of St Francis (St Francis Feast Day October 4th) and the words of the St Francis Pledge (catholicclimatecovenant.org) state our resolve to preserve creation with responsible energy use and consumption of resources today, while protecting the earth from degradation for the unborn that will inherit the planet in the future.
“The Magisterium underscores human responsibility for the preservation of a sound healthy environment for all. Technology that pollutes can also cleanse, production that amasses can also distribute justly, on condition that the ethic of respect life and human dignity, for the rights of today’s generations and those to come, prevails.” Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, paragraph 465.
Family Reflection: Matthew 21: 33-43
Discuss the social and economic reality of America using 25 percent of the world’s resources, with only about 7 percent of the world’s inhabitants.
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