September 8, 2013: Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
“…At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace…The Gospel calls us to be peacemakers. Our love for all our brothers and sisters demands that we promote peace in a world surrounded by violence and conflict.” Themes from Catholic Social Teaching, USCCB
First Reading: Wisdom 9:13-18b
Psalm: 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14-17
Second Reading: Philemon:9-10, 12-17
Gospel: Luke 14:25-33
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“The Word became flesh to be our model of holiness: ‘Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.’ ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.’ On the mountain of the Transfiguration, the Father commands: ‘Listen to him!’ Jesus is the model for the Beatitudes and the norm of the new law: ’Love one another as I have loved you.” This love implies an effective offering of oneself, after his example.” (459)
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
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September 9th: Memorial of St. Peter Claver
For almost forty years, this Jesuit missionary ministered to African slaves arriving in South America.
Read the Book of Philemon (the Second Reading for today) and reflect upon Paul’s plea for Onesimus.
Who are enslaved today that we need to speak out for, affirm their dignity and see them as our brothers and sisters?
September 14th: Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Reflect upon the paradox of the cross, an instrument of death leading to salvation and life.
How have you whittled away the cross Jesus asked you to carry? Does the cross once mortised in timbers resemble a cross made of toothpicks? Has the cross diminished by economic calculations of profit and possessions? Does seeking the affirmation of family and friends saw strips of wood from our cross, making it more perfect in human sight, but our cross assumes a timid nature? And the Lord asks us not to just carry our cross, standing in place deliberating and unsure of where to step, as earthen shelter weighs down the mind with many concerns, but we are asked to follow Jesus. Our Lord that lived his human destiny interacting with a diversity of people, speaking for justice, proclaiming equality, celebrating and even weeping in struggles. Our cross, if we don’t shrink from carrying it, teaches us to number our days filled with the Lord’s kindness, joy and gladness and we gain wisdom of heart.
Individual Reflection: Wisdom 9:13-18b
Learn about the cause to establish National Peace Day: http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8183
Family Reflection: Luke 14:25-33
Discuss the cross or crucifix displayed in your home. Have each family member share what it means to them. Each day this week gather to pray at the cross or crucifix.
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As we reflect upon Mary’s presence in the mysteries of the Rosary, we are blessed to know her. For her journey, a timeless trek, calls us to surrender, continuing conversion, humbleness and justice now.
Weekly lectionary reflections, for faith sharing groups, parish bulletins, newsletters or personal prayer, from the synergy of the Word we hear and the rich tradition of Catholic Social Teaching.
Catholic Social Teaching offers seven principles for upholding life in our thoughts, decisions and actions.
How we do Catholic Social Teaching.
Creation sustainability ministry resources so we may live in the spirit of the St Francis Pledge.
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
By Barb Born August 24, 2013 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concerns.