October 30, 2011: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Rights and Responsibilities
First Reading: Malachi 1:14b-2:2b, 8-10
Second Reading: 1st Thessalonians 2:7b-9, 13
Gospel: Matthew 23:1-12
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: no references
Phony, absorbed in attitude, weak in action and grasping for sincerity. Living behind a facade, ways fail to lay meaning on one’s heart. Sublime ego, immersed in busyness of doing great things, adds nothing to God’s grandeur and only diminishes the openness of receptivity to the calling of God’s Spirit for initiatives that should be addressed. Peace lays grounded not in pride, but when our souls are settled and quiet from our own agenda. With this essence of belief and refrain from partiality, the Word of God is at work in one’s life, not in places of honor, but service to move burdens from the shoulders of the vulnerable, marginalized and oppressed. Not hampered by carrying the widened load of phylacteries’ rhetoric, faith grows by our spaciousness for compassion and hope in the Lord — both now and forever.
Individual Reflection: Psalm 131
Visit the website of Contemplative Outreach to learn about centering prayer and lectio divina, two prayer forms to quiet and still your soul:
Family Reflection: Malachi 1:14b-2:2b, 8-10
On the Internet, view ideas for Halloween reverse trick or treating and share those resources to stand in solidarity with child and slave labor used in harvesting ingredients for chocolate. Tell people that give you chocolate on Halloween the importance of supporting fair trade chocolate.
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