December 16, 2012: Third Sunday of Advent
Catholic Social Teaching: Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
“A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring. In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition recalls the story of the Last Judgment (Matthew 25:31-46) and instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.”
First Reading: Zephaniah 3:14-18a
Psalm: Isaiah 12:2-3, 4,5-6
Second Reading: Philippians 4:4-7
Gospel: Luke 3:10-18
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: no references
Amidst the pondering and expectation of Advent, an exclamation of joy punctuates the season. A joy we are invited to live each day of the calendar. The Lord has removed judgment against us, so the despair of sin need not define our lives. He gives us strength and courage not to hoard possessions, but share with the person that has none. When we stop collection more than what is prescribed, we can freely share food with those facing an empty plate. As a society, we must not practice extortion or falsely accuse anyone by economic systems of injustice or the violence of military aggression. Seeing words prescribing the zest for a life of joy, we let our kindness be known to all and exhale anxiety from our lives. Our prayers and petitions to God express thanksgiving, allowing God’s peace that surpasses all understanding to guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Lord, thank you for proclaiming joy in our lives. Help us to proclaim that joy in the world.
Individual Reflection: Philippians 4:4-7
Joyfully share the sign of peace with those seated around you at Mass this Sunday.
Family Reflection: Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6
Discuss ways your family can more joyfully live your faith.
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice web sites
By Barb Born November 2012. The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copy right concerns