November 6, 2016: Thirty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Life and Dignity of the Human Person
The Church’s social teaching is the indispensable reference point that determines the nature, modality, articulation and development of pastoral activity in the social field. It is the expression of the ministry of social evangelization, aimed at enlightening, stimulating and supporting the integral promotion of the human person through the practice of Christian liberation in its earthly and transcendent dimension. The Church exists and is at work within history. She interacts with the society and culture of her time in order to fulfill her mission of announcing the newness of the Christian message to all people, in the concrete circumstances of their difficulties, struggles and challenges. She does so in such a way that faith enlightens them so that they can understand the truth that “true liberation consists in opening oneself to the love of Christ”. The Church’s social pastoral ministry is the living and concrete expression of the full awareness of her evangelizing mission in the social, economic, cultural and political realities of the world. (524)Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
First Reading: 2nd Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14
Psalm: 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15
Second Reading: 2nd Thessalonians 2:16-3:5
Gospel: Luke 20: 27-38
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Because of Christ, Christian death has a positive meaning: “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” “The saying is sure: if we have died with him, we will also live with him. What is essentially new about Christian death is this: through Baptism, the Christian has already “died with Christ” sacramentally, in order to live a new life; and if we die in Christ’s grace, physical death completes this “dying with Christ” and so completes our incorporation into him in his redeeming act:
It is better for me to die in (eis) Christ Jesus than to reign over the ends of the earth. Him it is I seek – who died for us. Him it is I desire – who rose for us. I am on the point of giving birth …. Let me receive pure light; when I shall have arrived there, then shall I be a man (1010) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Thirty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
Do we live our lives like we don’t believe in the resurrection? Are our lives a humdrum of apathy, insensitivity, maligned to dissipate hope? We have everlasting encouragement and good hope from the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Emanating from our sacramental death in baptism, we are graced with life, to live in God’s kingdom now and after our earthly death. Honoring our lives, we should live like we believe in all the Gospel to move beyond the Gospel of personal convenience, that shields us from challenges prickling our consciences. To live is to move among society, so we refrain from hunkering down in a spiritual fortress to insulate ourselves from the world. Jesus lived interacting among a diversity of people in a variety of socially challenging experiences, addressing tough questions of the day. Jesus died inviting the repentant thief to life in eternity. When we realize we don’t give ourselves life, but are gifted with life, life becomes awe, instilling hope and promise that we radiate in the world. For we follow God, God of the living, not dead tired, extinguished people with nothing to offer the world.
Prayer sustains our hope, so the Word of the Lord may speed forward and be glorified against perverse motives that deny human dignity, fracture unity and exploit justice. Prayer from our humble petitions of need for the Lord’s strength and Holy Spirit’s power to be life in the world. Petitions of thanksgiving for the sacramental grace of dying and rising, healing and hope. Our communal prayer to be life as the Body of Christ, eating of the same bread, drinking from one cup. A communal pathway journeying towards everlasting life. And our prayers ask intercessions of the saints to support us to live lives of faith, as their lives modeled life for us.
Our God is not God of the dead, but of the living, uttered by Moses, proclaimed by Jesus and we are graced to live with the hope of the resurrection and eternal life that we share by the way we live our lives.
Individual Reflection: 2nd Thessalonians 2:16-3:5
The Sunday before Thanksgiving is the USCCB Catholic Campaign for Human Development collection. Share resources with your parish: http://www.usccb.org/about/catholic-campaign-for-human-development/collection/collection-resources.cfm
Also, what organizations in your community might your parish encourage to apply for a CCHD grant?
Family Reflection: Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15
“…My steps have been steadfast in your paths…”
As a family, take a meditative walk along a path, walkway, trail in your community pausing to look at the life abounding and discuss the lives given to you by God.
As the Year of Mercy comes to a close in a couple of weeks, pray in thanksgiving for the blessings you have received and humble petitions of ways you need to be more receptive to God’s mercy and share mercy more bountifully in the world.
Blogs to Visit:
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.
Catholic Social Teaching offers seven principles for upholding life in our thoughts, decisions and actions.
How we do Catholic Social Teaching.
Creation sustainability ministry resources in the spirit of the St Francis Pledge.
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
By Barb Born October 31, 2016 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.