February 12, 2012: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Call to Family, Community and Participation
First Reading: Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46
Second Reading: 1st Corinthians 10:31-11:1
Gospel: Mark 1:40-45
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: no references
Jesus healed the leper. A healing touch transcending physical renewal to allow inclusion in society. No more would the leper dwell apart from the community and make his abode outside the city. The leper came to Jesus, humbly knelt and turned to the Lord as the one that would not impute guilt. He trusted Jesus to question mores of society and religiosity, by physically touching a perceived unclean leper to envision a new paradigm. Jesus did not request the leper join His entourage, traveling the countryside, as a trophy of His divinity. Instead he dismissed the leper at once, so he could present himself to entrenched leaders and reintegrate as a transformative witness in society. As Jesus touches our lives, how can we integrate ourselves within society to perpetuate the Gospel call of inclusitivity?
Individual Reflection: Mark 1:40-45
Visit Pax Christi’s web site: http://www.paxchristiusa.org for Lenten resources on the inclusitivity of non-violence peace building.
Family Reflection: 1st Corinthians 10:31 – 11:1
Discuss the lack of inclusitivity at your parish from economic, ethnic or life style divisions. What might be some ways you could help promote inclusitivity at your parish.?
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