September 29, 2013: Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
“In a world of social and economic strife, solidarity calls us to see others, locally and globally, as our brothers and sisters. People do not become someone to exploit and demean, but we affirm their life as part of the human family. Solidarity calls us to respect life by pursuing peace and justice to dispel the culture of violence in the world.” From cst74life.wordpress.com
First Reading: Amos 6:1a, 4-7
Psalm: 146: 7, 8-9, 9-10
Second Reading: 1st Timothy 6:11-16
Gospel: Luke 16:19-31
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“The principle of solidarity, also articulated in terms of ‘friendship’ or ‘social charity,’ is a direct demand of human and Christian brotherhood.”
“An error today abundantly widespread is disregarded for the law of human solidarity and charity, dictated and imposed both by our common origin and by the equality in rational nature of all men, whatever nation they belong to. This law is sealed by the sacrifice of redemption offered by Jesus Christ on the altar of the Cross to his heavenly Father, on behalf of sinful humanity.” (1939)
From the Introduction to the Twenty-sixth 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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If the procession to the Eucharistic table flows into a continuous loop of self-seeking righteousness and devotional spirituality, we dine sumptuously, richly receiving the banquet’s grace. But with hands in continual prayerful posture and minds absorbed in devotional refrains, we can fail to notice the poor at our door, as angels care for their needs. To break the cycle of self-serving faith, we need to take the nourishment of the Eucharistic table to act in love, patience and gentleness to ourselves, not in loathing unworthiness, and share the grace in service towards others. Then we have paid heed to the prophets and lay hold to eternal life from our confession in the presence of many witnesses at the waters of our baptism, chrism of our confirmation and joyfully receiving in our hands and on our lips the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. This should not lead us into an exile of complacency, grounded in opulence, and anoint ourselves as privileged. For in keeping our faith forever, we secure justice for the oppressed and give food to those physically and spiritually hungering. We rejoice when the Lord sets captives free, gives sight to those physically or spiritually blind, raises up the bowed down, loves the just, protects strangers, sustains the widows and the fatherless and thwarts the way of the wicked through all generations.
Individual Reflection: Luke 16:19-31
Attend or help organize a memorial service for the homeless that have died in your community.
Family Reflection: 1st Timothy 6:11-16
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By Barb Born September 13, 2013 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concerns.