March 12, 2017: Second Sunday of Lent
Catholic Social Teaching: Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
The solemn proclamation of human rights is contradicted by a painful reality of violations, wars and violence of every kind, in the first place, genocides and mass deportations, the spreading on a virtual worldwide dimension of ever new forms of slavery such as trafficking in human beings, child soldiers, the exploitation of workers, illegal drug trafficking, prostitution. “Even in countries with democratic forms of government, these rights are not always fully respected”.
Unfortunately, there is a gap between the “letter” and the “spirit” of human rights, which can often be attributed to a merely formal recognition of these rights. The Church’s social doctrine, in consideration of the privilege accorded by the Gospel to the poor, repeats over and over that “the more fortunate should renounce some of their rights so as to place their goods more generously at the service of others” and that an excessive affirmation of equality “can give rise to an individualism in which each one claims his own rights without wishing to be answerable for the common good”.
(158) Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
First Reading: Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm: 33:4-5, 18-19, 20,22
Second Reading: 2nd Timothy 1:8b-10
Catechism of the Catholic Church
On the threshold of the public life: the baptism; on the threshold of the Passover: the Transfiguration. Jesus’ baptism proclaimed “the mystery of the first regeneration”, namely, our Baptism; the Transfiguration “is the sacrament of the second regeneration”: our own Resurrection.300 From now on we share in the Lord’s Resurrection through the Spirit who acts in the sacraments of the Body of Christ. The Transfiguration gives us a foretaste of Christ’s glorious coming, when he “will change our lowly body to be like his glorious body.”301 But it also recalls that “it is through many persecutions that we must enter the kingdom of God”:(556) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Second Sunday of Lent, Cycle A
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
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Will people find blessings in us? Our presence to comfort and listen, our work to heal and strive for wholeness, our prayers petitioning for peace and unity. When the Lord sends us forth from each Eucharistic feast, we venture forth from our Father’s house, the Church, to be a blessing in the world. Like Abram, will we go where the Lord directs us, thy will be done, or chart a pathway of my will be done? Will we allow the Holy Spirit to prompt our ways or be possessed by selfish whims?
Inherent in our salvation, we are called to a holy life. A journey of God’s design, infused with grace. A process brought to life through the Gospel. A life of prayer and praise transforming our heart toward service and relishing our interconnectedness to humanity and creation. The Divine transcendence plunging into human history. A holiness not found in babbling prayers, but following the lead of the prophets to challenge injustice, speak the truth, embrace the marginalized. Faith bolted free from the hypocrisy of religiosity to the core of Gospel precepts. From the waters of rebirth at Baptism, we rise to a newness of life, the freedom of the Resurrection. A journey down the mountain, leaving behind cozy confines of a spiritual comfort zone to live faith in the world. A journey where we will be a blessing to others, if we do not fear listening to God’s beloved Son.
What fear holds you on the mountain top, not allowing you to have the courage to make a descent into the world where we are called to be a blessing? Fear polarizes, demonizes, fractures, chooses sides, prevents listening, makes us versus them and drafts agendas. Why do we want to have anything to do with fear? We cannot love Jesus and abide in fear at the same time. We must rise from the mountain top experiences of our lives, the times voices of prophets old and new enjoin us to live the Gospel, so we place our trust and persevere in the Lord who loves justice and right.
Individual Reflection: Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22
How can you receive and practice mercy this week to overcome fear?
Family Reflection: Genesis 12:1-4a
How can the family collectively be a blessing in the world this week?
Prayer: Dear Lord, free us from fear by your love
F: Fumble Gospel truths into worldly division
E: Etch lines of division into humanity’s soul
A: Act to solidify power, instead of acting to proclaim justice
R: Refuse to see another as yourself
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