October 1, 2017: Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
October 7th is the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary
Mediate on the Luminous Mysteries and the call to abandon selfishness and stand in solidarity
First Reading: Ezekiel 18:25-28
Psalm: Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Second Reading: Philippians 2:1-11
Gospel: Matthew 21:28-323
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Before we make our own this first exclamation of the Lord’s Prayer, we must humbly cleanse our hearts of certain false images drawn “from this world.” Humility makes us recognize that “no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him,” that is, “to little children.”The purification of our hearts has to do with paternal or maternal images, stemming from our personal and cultural history, and influencing our relationship with God. God our Father transcends the categories of the created world. To impose our own ideas in this area “upon him” would be to fabricate idols to adore or pull down. To pray to the Father is to enter into his mystery as he is and as the Son has revealed him to us.
The expression God the Father had never been revealed to anyone. When Moses himself asked God who he was, he heard another name. The Father’s name has been revealed to us in the Son, for the name “Son” implies the new name “Father.”(2779)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:
The unsurpassed apex of the perspective indicated here is the life of Jesus of Nazareth, the New Man, who is one with humanity even to the point of “death on a cross” (Phil 2:8). In him it is always possible to recognize the living sign of that measureless and transcendent love of God-with-us, who takes on the infirmities of his people, walks with them, saves them and makes them one. In him and thanks to him, life in society too, despite all its contradictions and ambiguities, can be rediscovered as a place of life and hope, in that it is a sign of grace that is continuously offered to all and because it is an invitation to ever higher and more involved forms of sharing.
Jesus of Nazareth makes the connection between solidarity and charity shine brightly before all, illuminating the entire meaning of this connection: “In the light of faith, solidarity seeks to go beyond itself, to take on the specifically Christian dimensions of total gratuity, forgiveness and reconciliation. One’s neighbour is then not only a human being with his or her own rights and a fundamental equality with everyone else, but becomes the living image of God the Father, redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ and placed under the permanent action of the Holy Spirit. One’s neighbour must therefore be loved, even if an enemy, with the same love with which the Lord loves him or her; and for that person’s sake one must be ready for sacrifice, even the ultimate one: to lay down one’s life for the brethren (cf. 1 Jn 3:16)”. (196)
How many times have selfishness ruined a friendship, polarized a workplace, ruined a celebration? Looking at one’s self-interest with disregard for the interest of others is a recipe for ruin where we die to a life Jesus modeled for us in obedience to the Father. When we feel alienated to humanity, over utterances to “I will not” in a heartfelt request to live in the vineyard of the Lord, the Father gives us time to reexamine our response. The iniquities of our youthful days of faith may produce cavalier attitudes where we speak before pondering the ramification of engagement faith asks us to undertake. Selfishness and immature faith also takes the stance of positive affirmation to assume responsibilities in the vineyard of the Lord, only to shrink from the task because we are too busy with personal agendas, lack of courage, a defeated attitude of why bother it won’t make a difference. Grounded in humbleness, the Lord guides us in His way so we can joyfully enter the Lord’s vineyard not just to hang out and chill but work to bring about the kingdom of God. With a humble attitude, we become teachable to learn the Lord’s path of truth. When humbleness replaces selfishness, we learn to look out not for our own interest but the interest of others for the Lord’s vineyard is not just for our solitary abode but a collective gathering for humanity’s common good.
Individual Reflection: Matthew 21:28-32
October 4th is Memorial of St Francis of Assisi.
How does St Francis help you envision the vineyard of the Lord as he embraced creation and challenged injustice in the Church and society? St Francis, Pray for us.
Family Reflection: Philippians 2:1-11
October 2nd is the Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels
This week start the daily practice of praying to one’s Guardian Angels
Prayer: Prayer for Dismantling Racism Written by the Pax Christi Anti-Racism Team
Dear God, in our efforts to dismantle racism, we understand that we struggle not merely against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities – those institutions and systems that keep racism alive by perpetuating the lie that some members of the family are inferior and others superior.
Create in us a new mind and heart that will enable us to see brothers and sisters in the faces of those divided by racial categories.
Give us the grace and strength to rid ourselves of racial stereotypes that oppress some of us while providing entitlements to others.
Help us to create a Church and nation that embraces the hopes and fears of oppressed People of Color where we live, as well as those around the world.
Heal your family God, and make us one with you, in union with our brother Jesus, and empowered by your Holy Spirit.
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By Barb Born September 15, 2017 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.