November 5, 2017: Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Rights and Responsibilities
Inextricably connected to the topic of rights is the issue of the duties falling to men and women, which is given appropriate emphasis in the interventions of the Magisterium. The mutual complementarities between rights and duties — they are indissolubly linked — are recalled several times, above all in the human person who possesses them. This bond also has a social dimension: “in human society to one man’s right there corresponds a duty in all other persons: the duty, namely, of acknowledging and respecting the right in question”. The Magisterium underlines the contradiction inherent in affirming rights without acknowledging corresponding responsibilities. “Those, therefore, who claim their own rights, yet altogether forget or neglect to carry out their respective duties, are people who build with one hand and destroy with the other”. (156) Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
First Reading: Malachi 1:14b-2:2b, 8-10
Psalm: 131:1, 2, 3
Second Reading: 1st Thessalonians 2:7b-9, 13
Gospel: Matthew 23:1-12
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God.” But when we pray, do we speak from the height of our pride and will, or “out of the depths” of a humble and contrite heart? He who humbles himself will be exalted; humility is the foundation of prayer, Only when we humbly acknowledge that “we do not know how to pray as we ought,” are we ready to receive freely the gift of prayer. “Man is a beggar before God.” (2559)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Thirty-first Sunday in 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
Frazzled, divisions seething, hypocrisy, attitudes that can fester in society and percolate into the lives of believers. The Psalmist speaks of finding peace while resting in the subtleties of life and resisting the temptation to attach ourselves to sublime concerns in a realm of status. How do we exemplify that in our lives, in outward reaching demeanor for our lives offer instruction to those we encounter on the journey of life? Failing to exemplify mercy, justice, kindness, generosity and ultimately the love the Father has given us, we can encourage others to falter into a frazzled, divisive, hypocritical way of life. But we should share the Gospel by sharing our lives rooted in the Gospel. A Gospel at work in those who believe by etching a transformational spirit in their lives and society. Not in haughtiness but a peace desired for all without partiality. Jesus illuminated the scribes and Pharisees, people learned in sacred texts sand interpretation of the Law, for preaching holy proclamations but not manifesting the words in their lives. Lives of preaching without practicing the precepts resulting in a mockery of faith. Imposing heavy burdens laden with guilt on others to live the Word, instead of sharing the Word and its decrees as a collective experience to lighten the burden, the light yoke Jesus offers. But opting for the hypocrisy of actions taken for show and notoriety, without a heart of love, profanes faith. Where honor at salutatory banquets or front row seats in liturgical celebrations take president over beliefs that should be sacredly embedded on one’s soul. Faith beckons us to service, not status, humbleness not earthly honors. A prophetic experience where we must not shy away from debunking hypocrisy, especially when leaders relish in that paradigm to discredit the prerogatives of Gospel justice with hypocritical holiness that discounts the Gospel call to engagement and action. We have one Father inviting us to peace, not just me or I. Will we accept the invitation for the collective good or remain entrenched in the false security of a frenzied, isolated, hypocritical existence?
Individual Reflection: Malachi 1:14b-2:2b, 8-10
Where in your live do you show partiality in your decisions? How does that cause you to break faith with others? Prayerfully reflect on this issue.
Family Reflection:Psalm 131:1, 2, 3
Plan to attend an interfaith Thanksgiving service in your community this month
Litany Of The Way, Prayer For The Journey
From USCCB :http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/prayers/litany-of-the-way-prayer-for-the-journey.cfm
As Jesus sought the quiet of the desert,
teach us to pray.
As Jesus washed the feet of his disciples,
teach us to love.
As Jesus promised paradise to the thief on the cross,
teach us to hope.
As Jesus called Peter to walk to him across the water,
teach us to believe.
As the child Jesus sat among the elders in the temple,
teach us to seek answers.
As Jesus in the garden opened his mind and heart to God’s will,
teach us to listen.
As Jesus reflected on the Law and the prophets,
teach us to learn.
As Jesus used parables to reveal the mysteries of the Kingdom,
teach us to teach.
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