October 21, 2012: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
“We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic and ideological differences…At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace…”
First Reading: Isaiah 53:10-11
Second Reading: Hebrews 4:14-16
Gospel: Mark 10:35-45
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
“…Solidarity is also an authentic moral virtue, not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortune of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and preserving determination to commit oneself to the common good. That is to say to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all. Solidarity rises to the rank of fundamental social virtue since it places itself in the sphere of justice. It is a virtue directed par excellence to the common good, and is founded in a commitment to the good of one’s neighbor, with the readiness, in the Gospel sense to lose oneself for the sake of the other instead of exploiting him and to serve him instead of oppressing him for one’s own advantage…”, 193
Before we try to be a servant to others, do we confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and pardon? The eyes of the Lord rest upon those hoping for His kindness. He preserves them in spite of their spiritual famine. Though Jesus was without sin, He is able to sympathize with our weakness from being tested in every way we could ever experience. With the Lord’s mercy upon us, we know His love for justice and right. Abandoning any qualms, to do whatever He asks of us, we find solace to accept Jesus’ invitation of partaking in His baptism and drinking from His cup. With grace, we transition from seeking to dominate and making our authority felt, to recognize, in expressions of justice, Jesus challenges us to see our greatest manifestation of His love is to serve, with a commitment to the common good.
Lord, help us to see when we lose sight of your grace. Thank you for the times you challenged us to look beyond ourselves and gaze at the reality of the common good. Refrain our thoughts from indignant slurs against those absorbed with power and guide our work towards your justice with compassion.
Individual Reflection: Hebrews 4:14-16
Take time this week to receive the grace from the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Family Reflection: Psalm 33
Each day this week, gather as a family for ten minutes to prayerfully reflect on how you place your trust in God.
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice web sites
By Barb Born October 2012 The reflection maybe reproduced in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concerns.