September 24, 2017: Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Call to Family, Community and Participation
“…the spiritual life comes to be identified with a few religious exercises which can offer a certain comfort but which do not encourage encounter with others, engagement with the world or a passion for evangelization. As a result, one can observe in many agents of evangelization, even though they pray, a heightened individualism, a crisis of identity and a cooling of fervour. These are three evils which fuel one another. ” (78) Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis
First Reading: Isaiah 55:6-9
Psalm: 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18
Second Reading: Philippians 1:20c-24, 27a
Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16a
Catechism of the Catholic Church
The economy of law and grace turns men’s hearts away from avarice and envy. It initiates them into desire for the Sovereign Good; it instructs them in the desires of the Holy Spirit who satisfies man’s heart.
The God of the promises always warned man against seduction by what from the beginning has seemed “good for food . . . a delight to the eyes . . . to be desired to make one wise.” (2541)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:
The essential characteristic of the lay faithful who work in the Lord’s vineyard (cf. Mt 20:1-16) is the secular nature of their Christian discipleship, which is carried out precisely in the world. “It belongs to the laity to seek the kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and directing them according to God’s will”. By Baptism, the laity are incorporated into Christ and are made participants in his life and mission according to their specific identity. “The term ‘laity’ is here understood to mean all the faithful except those in Holy Orders and those who belong to a religious state approved by the Church. That is, the faithful who, by Baptism are incorporated into Christ, are placed in the People of God and in their own way share the priestly, prophetic and kingly office of Christ, and to the best of their ability carry on the mission of the whole Christian people in the Church and in the world”. (541)
Look around for all the ways you can invite people to live the faith you treasure living in the vineyard of the Lord. Will you join me at Mass this Sunday evening? How about coming to hear a great speaker? Would you be interested dialoguing about the Bible in our Scripture study group? Our parish is hosting a beach clean up, want to help? Have you considered joining the vigil in support of immigrant rights? Would you like to help teach life skill classes to homeless women? I know you like chocolate, have you ever purchased fair trade chocolate to stand in solidarity with farmers so they receive a living wage? Look around your faith life and add a few more opportunities to offer someone an invitation. If people are left to wander in on their own accord, they might be standing outside of our churches pondering what faith means, how could it relate to my life, what are the real precepts, do I have a false reality of what it really is, should I make a leap of faith and check it out.
Our generosity of invitation can take peoples’ faith journey out of idleness into an experience of God’s generosity. For we have a faith rooted in God’s abundance that we should not question how we are called to share our belief. We must never forget Divine grace is limitless, for God is not stingy. He desires we come to his vineyard, even if it takes some awhile to find the location of Divine mercy rich in forgiveness and slow to anger. As the Lord is good to all and just in all His ways, we too should share the generosity we have received from laboring in the vineyard and invite others to join us, as we magnify Christ in our lives in a way worthy of His Gospel.
Individual Reflection: Matthew 20:1-16a
Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you in inviting someone to join you on an aspect of your faith journey. A worship experience, learning experience, volunteer experience, advocacy experience or justice experience.
Family Reflection: Isaiah 55:6-9
Invite parishioners, family and friends to join in learning more about Share the Journey Campaign, a global initiative to journey with migrants, started by Pope Francis and includes Caritas, CRS and Catholic Charities :
Prayer: Prayer after Communion for Twenty Fifth Week of Ordinary Time
Graciously raise up, O Lord, those you renew with this Sacrament, that we may come to possess your redemption both in mystery and in the manner of our life, Through Christ our Lord
***Reflect on “in mystery and in the manner of our life”***
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.
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 September 17, 2017 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.