June 9, 2013: Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Call to Family, Community and Participation
“…We believe people have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.” Themes from Catholic Social Teaching, USCCB
First Reading: 1st Kings 17:17-24
Psalm: 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11, 12, 13
Second Reading: Galatians 1:11-19
Gospel: Luke 7:11-17
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“Heal the sick! The Church has received this charge from the Lord and strives to carry it out by taking care of the sick as well as accompanying them with her prayer of intercession. She believes in the life giving presence of Christ, the physician of souls and bodies. This presence is particularly active through the sacraments, and in an altogether special way through the Eucharist, the bread that gives eternal life and that St Paul suggests is connected with bodily health.” (1509) From the Roman Missal, Introduction to the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references
Widows, orphans and children occupied the lowest rung in Biblical society. Without status, they depended totally upon others to provide for their necessities of life. For Jesus and Elijah to infuse life into their sons reinstilled a safety net for the widows’ lives. As Jesus and Elijah gave the widows their sons, today, as a society we must ask who in society should be given a safety net, so they will not fall into the abyss of poverty. Who can we see mourning from neglect and change their steps into joyful dance? We can advocate for programs that support childhood nutrition, for almost twenty percent of the nation’s children live in poverty. Volunteering with school literacy programs helps students to prepare for life. Encouraging youth to participate with community projects infuses their vibrant voices into the neighborhood. On the other end of the spectrum, the elderly can be shunned and isolated, but will we encourage them to share their life skills and knowledge, with an invite or a ride to a community event? We are called by God’s grace not to live our faith as zealots, but guided by the Holy Spirit, seek ways to breathe life into pockets of society that are shunned, neglected, exploited or isolated.
Individual Reflection: 1st Kings 17:17-24
Every thirty minutes, a child or teen is shot in America. Visit the Children’s Defense Fund website for information about their program “Protect Children, Not Guns”:
Family Reflection: Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11, 12, 13
Visit the website of the youth coordinated program Tree Musketeers http://treemusketeers.org/ How might you start a program to encourage youth involvement in the community?
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