August 25, 2013: Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Call to Family, Community and Participation
“The sacredness and dignity of human life exists not in isolation, but affirmed through individuals growing in community and seeking together the well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.”
First Reading: Isaiah 66:18-21
Psalm: 117: 1, 2
Second Reading: Hebrews: 12:5-7, 11-13
Gospel: Luke 13:22-30
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“…For it is the plan of the Son of God to make us and the whole Church partake in his mysteries and to extend them to and continue them in us and in his whole Church. This is his plan for fulfilling his mysteries in us.” (521) From Daily Roman Missal Introduction to the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
“…The Prophets would announce, for the eschatological times, a pilgrimage of the nations to the Lord’s temple and an era of peace among the people…” (430)
“The definitive salvation that God offers to all humanity through his own Son does not come about outside the world. While wounded by sin, the world is destined to undergo a radical purification that will make it a renewed world, finally becoming the place where “righteousness dwells.”…” (453)
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The faithful should not exist as an exclusive club of people partitioned, in their perceived holiness, from the streets of life. While we eat and drink in the Lord’s company at the Eucharist feast, we should not ignore what the Lord teaches us on these streets. Animated with life, the streets impart to us what life is when one doesn’t have a key to daily open a home’s front door, when one scrapes for work without a high school diploma, or the consequences of being a human being while a government denies your existence over legal technicalities. The Eucharist frees us from being people of the pews, as we merge onto the streets of life and learn with first hand experiences what Jesus is teaching us and asks us to share with others. Encasing oneself in mantras of holiness adds to the girth of religiosity, instead of shedding agendas, egos and air of superiority to enter through the narrow gate. The paradox of the narrow gate is its approachability only with a broad mind and arms open wide to welcome the diversity of people from all nations, east and west, north and south to partake in the Kingdom of God. The Lord seeks His holy mountain’s marquee to read ACCESSIBLE BY ALL, with the reward of peace where righteousness dwells. Let our personal journey, with the expediency of a coupe, plodding of a hybrid and the traction and versatility of a 4×4 mentality, be an offering to the Lord where we don’t see absorption in our personal holiness tantalizing, but invite, encourage and console others. Then on the journey of telling the Good News, we help each other see and proclaim God’s glory.
Individual Reflection: Psalm 117:1,2
Psalms’ refrain: Go out to all the world and tell the Good News
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Family Reflection: Luke 13:22-30
Go outside your neighborhood to volunteer, so your family sees the streets of life outside your normal routine .Discuss what this experience teaches you.
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List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
By Barb Born August 13, 2013 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concerns.