August 31, 2014: Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers this Labor Day Weekend
“By work and industriousness, man-who has a share in the divine art and wisdom-makes creation, the cosmos already ordered by the Father, more beautiful. He summons the social and community energies that increase the common good.” (266) Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
First Reading: Jeremiah 20:7-9
Psalm: 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9
Second Reading: Romans 12:1-2
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“The Lord grieves over the rich, because they find their consolation in the abundance of goods. “Let the proud seek and love earthly kingdoms, but blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.” Abandonment to the providence of the Father in heaven frees us from anxiety about tomorrow. Trust in God is a preparation for the blessedness of the poor. They shall see God.” (2547)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
Do you live life like playing a game of Monopoly, where life’s score card is a list of possessions and assets on your balance sheet? Do you let your possessions define your personality and dictate use of your time? Are your possessions a safety net that you entrust your well-being to? A false profit, where gaining the whole world appears paramount, but the reality is the forfeiture of a priceless life. When we acknowledge the poverty of providing everything for ourselves and release the grip on our identity defined by our possessions and self-serving attitudes for the sake of serving the Lord, we find meaning in our lives — today and eternal grace. Stepping beyond worldly finance rubrics and trusting in the paradox of faith, we realize how much we could ever strive for or earn in material paradigms would never even be a meaningful down payment, let alone cover the full cost of our life lost for the sake of Christ. For lasting peace, joy and hope lack quantifiable dimensions and are only defined in the freedom of a cross of self-denial manifesting a life of resurrection to God’s ways.
Life defined outside faith, where we seek a personal path of fulfillment instead of seeking God first, is duped, parch-less, life-less and void of meaning, never satisfying, always searching, thirsting with an empty cup in hand that has a lid welded shut with an epoxy of self-serving greed. But losing our life for Christ, we see the Lord’s kindness is a greater good than life, satisfying to the soul, where He provides and is our help in an exclamation of our weakness. An experience inflamed in one’s heart and cannot be imprisoned in our being and hid from the world around us.
When we say we are faithful, do we accept faith with the hollowness of religiosity or is our faith rooted in the surrender of belief? What priority or agenda in your life, even projects or passions with a spiritual essence, do you define success in the context of your personal, prideful fulfillment? Realizing life is not about living in my cocoon, but in the nurturing way of the Lord, we offer praise from our lips for the priceless gift. For to offer our lives, holy and pleasing to God, we allow ourselves to be transformed by the renewal of our minds to discern the good, pleasing and perfect will of God to leave behind our personal desires that separated us from the depth of God’s love for us.
Individual Reflection: Matthew 16:21-27
September 1st is Labor Day. Does your work possess you or dictate your life to separate you from God? How might you better “lose your life” to find it in Christ by your attitude and perspective towards work?
Family Reflection: Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 506, 8-9
Reflecting on the following liturgical prayer, how might the priceless gift of Eucharist be lived by your family?
“Renewed by this bread from the heavenly table, we beseech you, Lord, that being the food of charity, it may confirm our hearts and stir us to serve you in our neighbor. Through Christ our Lord.”
Prayer after Communion for the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
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