January 15, 2017: Second Sunday of Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Life and Dignity of the Human Person
The social teaching of the Church is also fertile soil for dialogue and collaboration in the ecumenical sphere. This is already happening in various places on a broad scale concerning the defence of the dignity of the human person, the promotion of peace, the concrete and effective struggle against the miseries of today’s world, such as hunger and poverty, illiteracy, the unequal distribution of the goods of the earth and the lack of housing. This multifaceted cooperation increases awareness that all are brothers and sisters in Christ, and makes the journey along the path of ecumenism easier. (535) Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
First Reading: Isaiah 49: 3, 5-6
Psalm: 40: 2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
Second Reading: 1st Corinthians 1:1-3
Gospel: John 1:29-34
Catechism of the Catholic Church
John the Baptist is “more than a prophet.” In him, the Holy Spirit concludes his speaking through the prophets. John completes the cycle of prophets begun by Elijah. He proclaims the imminence of the consolation of Israel; he is the “voice” of the Consoler who is coming. As the Spirit of truth will also do, John “came to bear witness to the light.” In John’s sight, the Spirit thus brings to completion the careful search of the prophets and fulfills the longing of the angels. “He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit. and I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God…. Behold, the Lamb of God.” (719)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle A
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
God desires our ears open to words of obedience, not sacrifice or offerings. For open ears predispose us to a change of heart to serve the Lord. Lives of sacrifice may appear devout, robed in spiritual platitudes, or self denial, the correct gestures, liturgical nuances, giving on cue from an act of obligation or social acknowledgment. But this type of faith serves ourselves, not God. By practicing outward observances fueling personal holy ascension makes a mockery of the Gospel God desires we hear. Our open ears must precede open hearts to do God’s will. Only the transformation from hearing helps us realize pursuit of holiness exists not in what we do but who we are, the status of our heart, as a basis of our relationship with God. A place of peace, never reached as an individual destination, but a collective endeavor of humanity. Not just common friends, people bonded in the same faith tradition, but everyone between where we stand to the ends of the earth. God deems universality his pursuit and as disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ we are called to embrace that mindset.
How do we testify to God’s incarnation, merciful grace? Will we accept He has given us the power to become children of God? Or do we live like children playing in a sandbox, controlling our turf, hoarding the play toys and throwing sand at any invaders of our physical and psychological realm? Power not consumed in dominance, but moral efficacy to grasp the mentality of God’s desire for our demeanor. Moving beyond wrestling with separating ourselves from others to venture into the depth of universality where we must share, listen to understand, zoom our visual acuity and take time for inclusion. For only when we accept the gift to live as God’s children, realizing it is not something we matriculate from our own creation, do we have our ears attuned to obedience. Obedience grounded in Gospel mores, not hollow sacrifice and offerings of obligation. Fully immersed in the meaning of our baptism, sealed with the Holy Spirit we prayerfully prepare ourselves to allow the faith of our heart to uncap our ears to the call of Divine words of obedience. What word will you process today and manifest as a child of God? May we not restrain our lips in trepidation or our actions in doubt, but joyfully come to a sincere relationship with the Lord by doing His will from having our ears open to words of obedience.
Individual Reflection: John 1:29-34
How do you testify that Jesus is the Son of God?
Family Reflection: Psalm 40:2, 4.7-8, 8-9, 10
Have each family member share how they do God’s will? During 2017, prominently place a notebook in the house for family members to share ways they do God’s will. May this make you cognizant of ways we live our faith, so we announce justice and do not restrain our lips.
Prayer: Communion antiphon 1st John 4:16
“We have come to know and believe in the love that God has for us”….continue with your thoughts after prayerfully reflecting on this scripture
Blogs to Visit:
http://marynow.wordpress.com/ 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.
Social Ministry Resources Engaging Parishes: Monthly and liturgical seasons resources for use with parish websites, bulletins and newsletters
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
By Barb Born December 30, 2016 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.