October 6, 2013: Twenty-seventh 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 sisters and brothers demands that we promote peace in a world surrounded by violence and conflict.” Themes from Catholic Social Teaching, USCCB
First Reading: Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4
Psalm: 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
Second Reading: 2nd Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14
Gospel: Luke 17:5-10
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“Since the initiative belongs to God in the order of grace, no one can merit the initial grace of forgiveness and justification, at the beginning of conversion. Moved by the Holy Spirit and charity, we can then merit for ourselves and for others the graces needed for our sanctification, for the increase of grace and charity, and for the attainment of eternal life. Even temporal goods like health and friendship can be merited in accordance with God’s wisdom. These graces and goods are the object of Christian prayer. Prayer attends to the grace we need for meritorious actions.” (2010)
From the Introduction to the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C, Daily Roman Missal
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
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The mustard seed weighs .002 gram compared to a watermelon seed at.167 gram. Jesus tells the disciples, asking for their faith to be increased, it is not about the degree or intensity of faith, but just that they have faith. For when faith is present in our lives, our hearts are not hardened. We don’t test or tempt God whose works we have seen. Faith leaves us not cowards, but with love and self-control, we can let this gift of God be inflamed by the power of the Holy Spirit. When we see violence, destruction, strife and clamorous discord racking our communities, faith gives us hope of a vision for peace—and we press on towards fulfillment. Rash utterances of dismay exposes a lack of integrity, void of faith. But the hearts of those with faith are just and infused with life.
Individual Reflection: Luke 17:5-10
Donate seeds to an established community garden, so people with food insecurity can grow fresh vegetables or work to initiate a community garden to incorporate local, sustainable produce into the neighborhood’s diet.
Family Reflection: Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
October 7th is the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary
After praying the Rosary, discuss how the Rosary helps your family to focus on Jesus.
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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 in the spirit of the St Francis Pledge.
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
By Barb Born September 13, 2013 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concerns.