December 18, 2011: 4th Sunday of Advent
Catholic Social Teaching: Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
First Reading: 2nd Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a-16
Second Reading: Romans 16:25-27
Gospel: Luke 1:26-38
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
2nd Samuel 7:13-16 paragraph 378
Psalm 89:2-38 paragraph 378
Luke 1:38 paragraph 59
“…Christ’s disciples are called to renew ever more fully in themselves the awareness that the truth about God who saves, the truth about God who is the source of every gift, cannot be separated from the manifestation of his love of preference for the poor and humble, which celebrated in the Magnificat, is later expressed in the words and works of Jesus…” paragraph 59
Will we let the Lord take us from settled pastures of complacency and be not afraid to venture into the realm of God’s desires? Can we see the newness of the impossible replacing repetitiveness of familiarity? Has your parish done the same annual holiday fundraising without questioning potential wickedness in selling socially irresponsible merchandise? Clothing items possibly crafted in sweatshops, chocolate that might use slave or child labor in harvesting ingredients, wreaths from forests that forgo sustainable practices or holiday ornaments manufactured by artisans not paid a living wage. To pursue fundraising according to God’s words, go and tell your friends, fellow parishioners and those coordinating fundraising your concerns to raise awareness of socially responsible options to show we stand firm in our covenant with God in all our actions.
Individual Reflection: 2nd Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a-16
Write a socially responsible fundraising pledge and encourage your parish to support the principles.
Family Reflection: Luke 1:26-38
Research three socially responsible fundraising options for your school and as a family present them to your school’s leadership. Share why you feel socially responsible fundraising is a way to live your faith.
The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concerns.