July 1, 2018: Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
Peace is a value and a universal duty founded on a rational and moral order of society that has its roots in God himself, “the first source of being, the essential truth and the supreme good”. Peace is not merely the absence of war, nor can it be reduced solely to the maintenance of a balance of power between enemies. Rather it is founded on a correct understanding of the human person and requires the establishment of an order based on justice and charity.
Peace is the fruit of justice, (cf. Is 32:17) understood in the broad sense as the respect for the equilibrium of every dimension of the human person. Peace is threatened when man is not given all that is due him as a human person, when his dignity is not respected and when civil life is not directed to the common good. The defence and promotion of human rights is essential for the building up of a peaceful society and the integral development of individuals, peoples and nations.
Peace is also the fruit of love. “True and lasting peace is more a matter of love than of justice, because the function of justice is merely to do away with obstacles to peace: the injury done or the damage caused. Peace itself, however, is an act and results only from love”. (494) Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
First Reading: Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24
Psalm: 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11, 12, 13
Second Reading: 2nd Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15
Gospel: Mark 5:21-43
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Since it belongs to the supernatural order, grace escapes our experience and cannot be known except by faith. We cannot therefore rely on our feelings or our works to conclude that we are justified and saved. However, according to the Lord’s words “Thus you will know them by their fruits” – reflection on God’s blessings in our life and in the lives of the saints offers us a guarantee that grace is at work in us and spurs us on to an ever greater faith and an attitude of trustful poverty.
A pleasing illustration of this attitude is found in the reply of St. Joan of Arc to a question posed as a trap by her ecclesiastical judges: “Asked if she knew that she was in God’s grace, she replied: ‘If I am not, may it please God to put me in it; if I am, may it please God to keep me there.'” (2005)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
Will we allow our faith to transcend beyond the negativity of our sinfulness to come alive because we are forgiven? For if we believe in the miracle of the cross, it proclaims not death but life. A precept we must allowed to be awakened in ourselves or otherwise we portray a stigma of unholy resolve to those around us, leaving them in a commotion of weeping over the dire circumstances of our environs. Jesus displaced those who ridiculed him from experiencing the life giving miracle for the young girl and the faith of her father Jairus. An unfolding miracle leading others to seek the touch of Jesus when all possibilities of healing contentment seemed impossible. The grace of peace to cure an affliction. Only going in peace, a mental cue, a profound personal spiritual serenity, a societal good based on justice and charity would offer healing. To go forth in a frenzy, anger or despondency would not attain the beneficial grace. Do we seek peace, but only fuel our emotions with alternative destructive paradigms thinking our personal power superseded Divine grace? Our spiritual riches only multiply with our poverty of service, surrender and sacrifice. The Lord’s design to rescue us from ourselves is his goodwill to turn our mourning into dancing. We can only reply with thanks when we realize we have life and are no longer confined in the shroud of death crafted not by the Creator who fashioned all living things, but the lure of destructive darkness. Formed in the image of God, if we freely choose to live as children of God, sin should never relegate us to a feeling of unworthy, lifeless demeanor where frowning pastes a message of we are losers since our lives are measured by our sins instead of God’s infinite grace. To reject God’s infiniteness must leave God in a quandary of , “What do I need to do to get those people to believe?” God doesn’t spend His time with a super computer tallying our transgressions, but instead boundlessly offers life giving love. Will we opt for living death or life giving, undying justice of God brought to light through the Gospel?
Individual Reflection: 2nd Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15
Where do you have abundance in your life of time, talent and treasure? How can you use your time, talent and treasure to give life to others?
Family Reflection: Mark 5:21-43
Have family members share about profound experiences of prayer in their lives.
Prayer: July 3rd is feast day of St Thomas Apostle. The entrance antiphon for the day is Psalm 118: 28, 21. “You are my God and I confess you are my God and I exalt you, I will thank you, for you became my savior.” Prayerfully reflective on your doubts and ask for the strength to profess like St Thomas, “My Lord, “My God”.
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Creation sustainability ministry resources in the spirit of the St Francis Pledge.
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List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
By Barb Born June 21, 2018 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern