January 6, 2013: Epiphany of the Lord
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
“We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic and ideological differences…Solidarity also includes the Scriptural call to welcome the stranger among us…”Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, paragraph 53
First reading: Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm: 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13
Second Reading: Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6
Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
Psalm 72 paragraphs 377 and 378
Psalm 72: 3 and7 “…that peace will be lasting, because when the king rules according to God’s justice, righteousness flourishes and peace abounds…The kingdom of the Messiah is precisely the kingdom of peace…” paragraphs 490 and 491
The effervescent light of the star illuminates our faith when we muddle in aimless wanderings. Connection with God in the ordinary, laced with fissures of mystery, allows us to be radiant from what we see. A star within sight, just rising, not at the zenith, reflects compassionate grace allowing us to experience profound peace of the journey and not just a climactic conclusion. In return, we share our gifts beyond an electronic contribution, as a radiant manifestation of our hearts overflowing from accepting the light of the star. At times, our talents may seem stifled by choreographers of life and a situation our eyes envisioned as ideal clogs with barricades. But having been warned about sapping consequences of traveling the road with negativity and bitterness, as followers of the star to peace, hope, love and joy, we depart by another way to share our gifts in ways never envisioned. This journey we travel with people of every nation and demographic designation, especially mindful of those society views as poor, afflicted and lowly.
Thank you God for giving us the star to follow and the grace to turn our eyes from the mundane. In thanksgiving, may we liberate the gifts you have embedded in our souls from selfish pursuits to joyfully proclaim homage by our words and actions.
Individual Reflection: Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13
January is Poverty Awareness Month. View the Poverty Awareness calendar from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development at the USCCB website: http://www.usccb.org/about/catholic-campaign-for-human-development/povertyusa/upload/poverty-awareness-month-calendar.pdf
At the end of the month list five new facts you learned about poverty in America and prayerfully reflect about what action you might help coordinate to help mitigate systemic causes of poverty.
Family Reflection: Matthew 2:1-12
We affirm migrants in our nation this week with National Migration Week. If someone in the immediate family is not a migrant, invite relatives or friends that are migrants to share their story with your family, by inviting them to dinner, via a phone call or asking them to write a letter. Listen to their joys and challenges. http://www.usccb.org/about/migration-and-refugee-services/national-migration-week/
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites.
By Barb Born January 2013 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for discussion groups without copyright concerns.