August 7, 2016: Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Call to Family, Community and Participation
Only the recognition of human dignity can make possible the common and personal growth of everyone (cf. Jas 2:1-9). To stimulate this kind of growth it is necessary in particular to help the least, effectively ensuring conditions of equal opportunity for men and women and guaranteeing an objective equality between the different social classes before the law.
Also in relations between peoples and States, conditions of equality and parity are prerequisites for the authentic progress of the international community. Despite the steps taken in this direction, it must not forget that there still exist many inequalities and forms of dependence.
Together with equality in the recognition of the dignity of each person and of every people there must also be an awareness that it will be possible to safeguard and promote human dignity only if this is done as a community, by the whole of humanity. Only through the mutual action of individuals and peoples sincerely concerned for the good of all men and women can a genuine universal brotherhood be attained; otherwise, the persistence of conditions of serious disparity and inequality will make us all poorer. (145) Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
First Reading: Wisdom 18:6-9
Psalm: 33:1, 12, 18-19, 20-22
Second Reading: Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19
Gospel: Luke 12:32-48
Catechism of the Catholic Church
In Jesus “the Kingdom of God is at hand.” He calls his hearers to conversion and faith, but also to watchfulness. In prayer the disciple keeps watch, attentive to Him Who Is and Him Who Comes, in memory of his first coming in the lowliness of the flesh, and in the hope of his second coming in glory. In communion with their Master, the disciples’ prayer is a battle; only by keeping watch in prayer can one avoid falling into temptation. (2612)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
Jesus said to his disciples and to us, “Do not be afraid any longer…for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.” God does not act begrudgingly, but is pleased to give us the kingdom at the dawn of each day, a gift without a credit card charge or monthly loan payment. But do we act like it is a scam and fearfully avoid God’s generosity? Do we think what we own is more valuable to hold onto? Are we afraid to act generously, as God does, so we struggle to pry alms from our palms to give to those in need? Can we part with belongings, trivial in meaning, to free ourselves from clutter, the freeing from moving beyond possessing to living simply? Learning to live with true wealth, moneybags filled with spiritual treasures, the joy of service, the love in helping an alien, the hope of transformation in a homeless person. A spirit of blessedness awaits those disciples of Jesus, God finds doing His will. If we piddle our time, thinking tomorrow is another day to do good, I need to keep planning to make a project perfect, my desires are more important to accomplish or we plot to exploit fellow sojourners into us submission, we deny God’s gift. We punish ourselves by not prioritizing reception of God’s generosity. How will we use artistic talent, craftsman skills, education, leadership, hearts of compassion, minds of creativity, visions of hope, hands welcoming inclusion or ears listening to discern deliberations of equality? We have been entrusted as stewards with so much of the bountiful kingdom. Do we use it or peruse it, share it or hoard it?
The faith displayed by Abraham to trust in the pleasure of God to give him his inheritance of the kingdom, should give us courage to trust God’s word. To realize movement from a place of security requires faith, the realization of what hoped for, the endurance of things not seen. A praxis of peace encoded with seeking leads us further down the path of faith, so perpetual seeking ends allowing service to begin. Bedazzled by the kingdom, we become light in the world. The spark of faith leads us to be disciples that ignite others. Our destiny comes woven from Abraham into the lineage of billions of disciples through the millenniums, acclaimed by countless saints and will continually be woven into our journey to eternity.
Individual Reflection: Psalm 33:1, 12, 18-19, 20-22
Share the resources from USCCB’s We are Sal and Light with you friends and parish:
http://www.wearesaltandlight.org/Family Reflection: Luke 12:32-48
Discuss what is in your spiritual moneybags.
Prayer: Dear God we praise you for your generosity, even when our eyes are closed to seeing it, our hands closed to touching it, our feet walking us away from it. For we know in your love you will help us to open our eyes and hands and walk toward the beauty of your kingdom. Dispel our doubt and fear to journey towards our spiritual inheritance, so we may have the faith of Abraham. Help us discern how to best use the gifts you have given us to be your servants. When we catch a glimmer of your kingdom, we are blessed in ways our agenda can never satisfy or sustain us. We thank you for being our generous and loving Father. In your dear Son’s name we pray, Amen.
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