February 5, 2012: 5th Sunday in OrdinaryTime
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
First Reading: Job 7:1-4, 6-7
Second Reading: 1st Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23
Gospel: Mark 1: 29-39
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
Psalm 147 paragraph 255
1st Corinthians 9:16 paragraphs 71 and 538
“The right of the Church is at the same time a duty, because she cannot forsake this responsibility without denying herself and her fidelity to Christ: Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel…The warning that St Paul addresses to himself rings in the Church’s conscience as a call to walk all paths of evangelization, not only those that lead to individual consciences but also those that wind their way into public institutions: on one hand, religion must not be restricted to the purely private sphere, on the other, the Christian message must not be relegated to a purely other- worldly salvation incapable of shedding light on our earthly existence…” paragraph 71
“The entire people of God has a role to play as the Church fulfills her mission. In various ways and through every member according to the gifts and the manner of acting proper to each vocation, the people of God must respond to the duty to proclaim and bear witness to the Gospel…” paragraph 538
When laborers lament the drudgery of hirelings from being exploited as mercenaries and the slavery of indentured servitude, for the sake of the Gospel will you speak out in solidarity? When a homeless person laments months of misery from troubled nights allotted to them on the hardness of a concrete bed, for the sake of the Gospel will you speak out in respect for human dignity? When days of unemployment swiftly turn to months of hopelessness, for the sake of the Gospel will you comfort the brokenhearted? The litany of laments resound in the world only to crescendo when the vignettes of struggles fail to become ingrained as an obligation we are entrusted to address. Beyond empathy, a perspective from the lens of lament focuses our reality to align with those we acknowledge in our midst. Only when we cease to gloss over harsh injustices, can we live for the sake of the Gospel.
Individual Reflection: 1st Corinthians 9: 16-19, 22-23
Research on the internet the issue of indentured servitude, a modern day form slavery. Share your findings with five friends to raise awareness of this global concern.
Family Reflection: Mark 1:29-39
This Sunday “go to a near by village” and attend Mass at a different parish. Afterwards, as a family share about the similarities and differences from your usual parish.
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