October 14, 2012: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
“We are one human family… We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers…Loving our neighbor has global dimensions in a shrinking world…”
First Reading: Wisdom: 7:7-11
Second Reading: Hebrews 4:12-13
Gospel: Mark 10: 17-30
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: no references
Old Testament scripture align God’s favor with wealth and material abundance. So Jesus’ words, in love to the man that knelt before Him seeking eternal life, penetrated a deeper membrane between soul and spirit. False security of riches was deemed nothing, in comparison to the goodness of God’s grace, the blessings of following Jesus and treasures of heaven. We can refrain from inflicting evil on others in the commandments of social mores, but will we venture beyond the crevasse of distancing ourselves from others to sell from our souls riches absorbed with pride? We are self-righteously rich when we see ourselves better than others in any facet of our life. No matter the depths of rationalization, our motives cannot remain concealed from God, but always exposed to His eyes. To affirm the dignity of humanity, we must say it is not about what I have, but collectively what society possesses in decency, respect and humility. Jesus rattled the status quo ideology of His era. As His disciples, the words, permeating our cultural mindset, amaze us today. If we seek to follow Jesus, the proposition may seem formidable. But we are not asked to do it alone, as all things are possible for God, in our surrender to His ways. All good things come to us in God’s company, as He fills us with His love and at each daybreak with His kindness.
Lord, help us to move beyond the commandments of “shall not” to fill us with your commandment of love. Open our eyes to your love, so we may see the true riches in serving others.
Individual Reflection: Mark 10:17-30
Do you own your possessions or do your possessions own you?
Family Reflection: Psalm 90
Consider sharing fair trade chocolate this Halloween – to learn more visit Green America’s website: www.greenamerica.org/programs/fairtrade/trickortreat.cfm
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
By Barb Born October 2012 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for discussion groups without copyright concerns