June 5, 2016: Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
Love, overflowing with small gestures of mutual care, is also civic and political, and it makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world. Love for society and commitment to the common good are outstanding expressions of a charity which affects not only relationships between individuals but also “macro-relationships, social, economic and political ones”. That is why the Church set before the world the ideal of a “civilization of love”. Social love is the key to authentic development: “In order to make society more human, more worthy of the human person, love in social life – political, economic and cultural – must be given renewed value, becoming the constant and highest norm for all activity”. In this framework, along with the importance of little everyday gestures, social love moves us to devise larger strategies to halt environmental degradation and to encourage a “culture of care” which permeates all of society. When we feel that God is calling us to intervene with others in these social dynamics, we should realize that this too is part of our spirituality, which is an exercise of charity and, as such, matures and sanctifies us. (231) Laudato Si
First Reading: 1st Kings 17:17-24
Psalm: 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11, 12, 13
Second Reading: Galatians 1:11-19
Gospel: Luke 7:11-17
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“Heal the sick!” The Church has received this charge from the Lord and strives to carry it out by taking care of the sick as well as by accompanying them with her prayer of intercession. She believes in the life-giving presence of Christ, the physician of souls and bodies. This presence is particularly active through the sacraments, and in an altogether special way through the Eucharist, the bread that gives eternal life and that St. Paul suggests is connected with bodily health. (1509)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
If we are people of God, the word of the Lord must come truly from our mouths and proceed into our actions. The Gospel we preach by our lives must not be concocted by our design for it is not derived of human origins. Do we wrap ourselves in isolation of ritual purity or look with pity on those in dire circumstances to say, “Do not weep,” as we touch a situation with compassion? For today, just like Biblical widows, there are people who have no voice, placed on the lowest rung of society with no means of support. The picture maybe different, but the story line remains unchanged. Many times Jesus could have wandered to a different village to avoid a ritualistic unpure encounter, but he would fully immerse himself into the messiness, like touching the widow’s deceased son. Only entering into the messy reality of the world did Jesus display His prophetic self. Only when we enter into the messy reality of the world, the widows of our time, those dead from lack of inclusion and participation in our society and our Church, can we prophetically proclaim the Gospel.
If we try to make faith a safe zone, comfortable, with ritualistic purity the primary object of our faith, we make our faith palatable to our own liking, not prophetic. We live with pious holiness to deny the power of the Gospel to heal divisions, conceit. In religiosity, we love ourselves above others and wallow in grumbling about concern for others detracting from absorption over personal piety. The prophetic voice of the Gospel provides a supreme freedom to venture forth from our cocoon. We enter into the world of God’s creation to look at people beyond physical attributes or ideology and see humanity with Gospel eyes of mercy.
Individual Reflection: Luke 7:11-17
Who are the widows of today in your community, people without a voice, means of support and inclusion? How might your parish ask “why” they are widows and help address this with Gospel precepts?
Family Reflection: Galatians 1:11-19
Food pantries can have a challenging time during the summer. As a family, volunteer at a local food pantry or coordinate a Christmas in July food drive at your parish:
Prayer: Adapted from the Collect for the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus help us to encounter the world with the courage of your prophetic witness of the Gospel. We call on your prompting and the guidance of the Holy Spirit to discern the right ways to engage in the messiness of the world. In thanksgiving, we thank you for all goodness, including the freedom to answer your call of discipleship and your unfathomable love. May your goodness transform our lives to prophetically live the Gospel. In your dear name Jesus, we pray. Amen
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By Barb Born May 21, 2016 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.