March 16, 2014: Second Sunday of Lent
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: https://cst74life.wordpress.com/
First Reading: Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22
Second Reading: 2nd Timothy 1:8b-10
Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“On the threshold of the public life: the baptism; on the threshold of the Passover: the Transfiguration. Jesus’ baptism proclaimed the mystery of the first regeneration, namely, our Baptism; the Transfiguration is the sacrament of the second regeneration: our own Resurrection. From now on we share in the Lord’s Resurrection through the Spirit who acts in the sacraments of the Body of Christ. The Transfiguration gives us a foretaste of Christ’s glorious coming, when he will change our lowly body to be like his glorious body. But is also recalls that it is through many persecutions that we must enter the kingdom of God.” (556) From the Daily Roman Missal, Second Sunday of Lent, Cycle A
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: no references this week
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On our journey, our eyes must not focus towards the ground in fear of encountering the challenging messy issues of relationships, work and society. Jesus’ transformative spirit harkened the disciples to rise and not be afraid. We can physically rise, but slumber in action, without our eyes and eyes of our heart focused on the light manifest through the Gospel. For the Lord saved us and calls us to a holy life according to his own design infused with grace. A holiness not absorbed in self-serving pious devotion, but radiating from our blessings, our lives bless others. As Abram ventured forth from the land of his kinfolk, a comfort zone of familiarity, how will we hear the Lord’s call to share, serve and stand in solidarity with people we might hastily judge as “other”? When “other” ceases to exist in our mind and on our tongue, we experience transfiguration. A trek not on a leisurely stroll up a knoll, but sharing in the hardships to scale a high mountain, difference ceases to define our perceptions. Fulfilling the prophets’ proclamations and law of love, our savior Christ Jesus brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel. We must let that light transfigure our lives, so we don’t seek to savor the mountaintop experience, but have the faith to come down the mountain to embrace the people systematically crucified in our world today.
Individual Reflection: Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22
Quietly ponder the words of Psalm 33. Write a poem reflecting your experiences in light of Psalm 33.
Share the poem with seven people and encourage them to see God’s merciful presence in their lives.
Family Reflection::Matthew 17:1-9
Visit CRS Rice Bowl website for families. Select several activities to transform your family’s Lenten focus.
Lord, thank you for inviting us to the mountain top. Let your light not bedazzle us, but may it illuminate the challenges we should embrace. In trust, we ask you to help us not fret over logistics, but may your mercy instill kindness in our actions. Even when clouds cast questioning shadows, may we always listen to the way of your Gospel, for you are truly God’s beloved Son. Amen
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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.
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List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
By Barb Born February 28, 2014 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concerns.