September 16, 2012: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Call to Family, Community and Participation
…We believe people have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.
First Reading: Isaiah: 50:5-9a
Second Reading: James 2:14-18
Gospel: Mark 8:27-35
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: no references
“Pope Benedict XVI has taught that love for widows, orphans, prisoners and the sick and needy of every kind, is as essential to the Church as the ministry of the sacraments and preaching of the Gospel. (Deus Caritas Est, no. 22). This preferential option for the poor and vulnerable includes all who are marginalized in our nation and beyond – unborn children, persons with disabilities, the elderly and terminally ill and victims of injustice and oppression.” Forming Conscience for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States, paragraph 51
Contemporary plucking of the beard inflicts insults removed from the sight of individual under attack. Electronic jabs inflict deep chasms of hate, without the perpetrator observing the anguish sustained. Thinking like human beings, life ebbs, as we reject the Divine invitation to walk in the land of the living—in God’s presence. Amidst the chatter, may we open our ears to God’s refrain of life in the paradox of the cross? To lose our life grounded in self-serving superiority and dominance for the sake of the Gospel, we gain a fullness of life. By our humble actions, in faith, we can answer Jesus’ question, “Who do you say I am?”, by our works.
Jesus, we thank you for asking us, “Who do you say I am?”. For you don’t burden us with presupposed concepts, but allow us to see your compassion for our personal needs. With faith nurtured thru this relationship, help us to reflect that compassion in the world by our actions to sustain peace, charity and justice to all our brothers and sisters.
Individual Reflection: Psalm 116
Visit: www algalita.org
Learn about the impact of plastic on the marine eco systems. Share five things you learn with five friends.
Family Reflection: James 2: 14-18
Learn about the dangers of plastic to the ocean and sea animals. What actions will your family take to decrease their use of plastic?
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites.
By Barb Born September 2012 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for discussion groups without copyright concerns.