March 10, 2013: Fourth Sunday of Lent
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
“…At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace…” Themes for Catholic Social Teaching”, USCCB
First Reading: Joshua 5:9a, 10-12
Psalm: 34: 2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Second Reading: 2nd Corinthians 5:17-21
Gospel: Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“…Only the heart of Christ who knows the depth of his Father’s love could reveal to us the abyss of his mercy in so simple and beautiful a way.” 1439 From the Introduction Cycle C Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Lent from the Daily Roman Missal
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
“…by an awareness that in Jesus the reconciliation of man and the world with God—such that every human being, aware of divine love, can find anew the peace that was lost—has been brought about. .”Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold the new has come”…given a new peace.” 454
As a new creation in Christ, we have been reconciled to God, shedding despair, hate and fear. He has given us the ministry of reconciliation. Reconciliation building dialogue grounded with inclusivity and compassion. Through charity and justice, we are ambassadors for Christ bringing reconciliation of past trespasses. So brother and sister are not the immediacy of family, but the expanse of the global family. So consumption is not the excess of my wants, but the needs of the most marginalized. So I don’t own my possessions, but they are gifts to be shared. So economic systems of greed, evolve into structures accentuating human dignity and sustainability of resources over profits. Entrusted with the message of reconciliation, we must be grounded in prayer and a heart of forgiveness for the times people resist reconciliation to God’s ways, seek to remain in power and control, hurl verbal assaults and shove calls for justice into the abyss of the status quo. Reconciliation transforms our lives and our world for awakening the reality of God’s love in the soul of humanity.
Individual Reflection: 2nd Corinthians 5:17-21
Visit the USCCB website for resources on Two Feet of Love in Action. How can these resources be integrated into existing parish ministries or to establish new ministries?
Family Reflection: Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
During Lent, as a family reflect upon Catholics Spending and Acting Justly: A Small Group Guide for Living Economic Stewardship, by Charles K. Wilber (Ave Maria Press). How might your family live more justly?
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites.
By Barb Born March 4, 2013 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concerns.