November 30, 2014: First Sunday of Advent
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
The full truth about man makes it possible to move beyond a contractualistic vision of justice, which is a reductionist vision, and to open up also for justice the new horizon of solidarity and love. “By itself, justice is not enough. Indeed, it can even betray itself, unless it is open to that deeper power which is love”. In fact, the Church’s social doctrine places alongside the value of justice that of solidarity, in that it is the privileged way of peace. If peace is the fruit of justice, “today one could say, with the same exactness and the same power of biblical inspiration (cf. Is 32:17; Jas 3:18): Opus solidaritatis pax, peace as the fruit of solidarity”. The goal of peace, in fact, “will certainly be achieved through the putting into effect of social and international justice, but also through the practice of the virtues which favour togetherness, and which teach us to live in unity, so as to build in unity, by giving and receiving, a new society and a better world” (203) Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
First Reading: Isaiah 63:16b-17,19b: 64:2-7
Psalm: 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
Second Reading: 1st Corinthians 1:3-9
Gospel: Mark 13:33-37
Catechism of the Catholic Church
The coming of God’s Son to earth is an event of such immensity that God willed to prepare for it over centuries. He makes everything converge on Christ: all the rituals and sacrifices, figures and symbols of the “First Covenant” He announces him through the mouths of the prophets who succeeded one another in Israel… (522)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the First Sunday of Advent, Cycle B
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
For complete text visit: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/justpeace/documents/rc_pc_justpeace_doc_20060526_compendio-dott-soc_en.html
Living our lives with the perspective of waiting, we cease from forming our lives with a sense of urgency to achieve our own expectations. We then realize our lives can only be molded in the time frame of God. The hardness of our expectations softens into allowing a transformation by the Divine. We see the face and hand of God present in every movement and thought of our being. In the process, we are saved from our foolishness, selfishness, hopelessness, self-righteousness and indifference.
Waiting is not a process of perfection, but the unfolding of our soul, coming closer to the core of God’s design for us. An experience beyond our fathomable grasp makes us mindful of God in all our ways. Waiting does not let us slumber in the rigidity of the mundane routine. For waiting instills hope tensiled with trust.
This Advent, let yourself experience the freedom of transition from tradition to trust in the newness of God molding you with grace, not lacking in any spiritual gift. Step beyond the boundaries of sameness to grow into the Divine design for your soul. For waiting does not lack movement, nor result in boredom. Waiting is the spiritual maturity to know the gift of Christmas initiates the gift of eternity. Let waiting bless you with hope, peace, joy and love this Advent. Explored and experienced only in waiting, void of fistulous busyness crafting superficial celebration molded by expectations instead of by the Potter.
Individual Reflection: 1st Corinthians 1:3-9
Read this article http://ncronline.org/news/peace-justice/editorial-idolatry-us-military-might
Share with your pastor and include a copy in ten Christmas cards
Family Reflection: Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7
Buy some clay and mold signs of Advent to display in your home. Talk of how God molds us if we are receptive to His mercy and love.
Thank you for giving us the gift of waiting. Allowing us to pause from our own design to flow from our possessiveness into the freedom of your presence in the movements of our lives. Let our hearts not be hardened, but pliable by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit so we become servants of your kingdom. Thank you for the gift of your humanity at Christmas, leading to your eternal embrace. May we radiate that gift in hope, peace, joy and love. In your dear name we pray, Amen
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By Barb Born November 20, 2014 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.