July 29, 2018: Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
The common good’s inclusiveness can only be recognized when the most vulnerable and marginalized in our midst, locally and globally, are active participants. When they lack the basic necessities of life, humanity denies their dignity. From Catholic Social Teaching: Seven Principles for Life : https://cst74life.wordpress.com/
First Reading: 2nd Kings 4:42-44
Psalm: 145:10-11, 15-16, 17-18
Second Reading: Ephesians 4:1-6
Gospel: John 6:1-15
Catechism of the Catholic Church
From the beginning, this one Church has been marked by a great diversity which comes from both the variety of God’s gifts and the diversity of those who receive them. Within the unity of the People of God, a multiplicity of peoples and cultures is gathered together. Among the Church’s members, there are different gifts, offices, conditions, and ways of life. “Holding a rightful place in the communion of the Church there are also particular Churches that retain their own traditions.” The great richness of such diversity is not opposed to the Church’s unity. Yet sin and the burden of its consequences constantly threaten the gift of unity. And so the Apostle has to exhort Christians to “maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”(814)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
God is not stingy in the grace that satisfies our heart to protect us from spiritual famine. Jesus personified that humility as he sat on the mountain and intently raised his eyes to the approaching crowd. Like raising his eyes in a prayerful act of compassion for the needs of those in his midst. When faced to address the needs of those amongst us do we shudder at the potential financial costs that could diminish our debt card account, sap our time from personal pursuits and stress our patience? Or do we freely give from the basic necessities of our lives, especially giving the first fruits, not the residual scraps. Our participation in creation with God comes as an act of thanksgiving from being a child of God. The Divine model of pray/share/act produces spiritual satisfaction by the diverse gifts of all providing for the needs of all. Unity woven from the diversity of humanity extolls peace. But how many instances do we see people denied the opportunity to live in a manner worthy of the call they have received? A narrow definition of ministry excludes many from using their gifts. Racism, subtle and overt, excludes people based on skin tone. Gender sanctions excludes women from fully using God given gifts in service to the Church to discourse the glory of the Kingdom and speak of Divine might. Age phobia proclaiming the need for people with experience excludes the creative genius of new paradigms. Life is an infinite web sustained by God, but by desire for self-defined purity, absolute truth, authentic thought, where do some people poke holes in the web to dismantle its structural integrity? We must work to repair the breaches in the web as we strive to preserve the unity of the Spirit of the one hope, the one call of our one faith and baptism in service of the one God and Father of all, who is over all, through all and in all. For to deny that, we deny God, we deny our faith in favor of a faith of exclusion, separation and self-contrived truth.
Individual Reflection: Ephesians 4:1-6
How do you personally or see others excluded from ministry? What can you do to raise awareness of this issue?
Family Reflection: 2nd Kings 4:42-44
As you shop for back to school supplies, buy extra items to share with a community group assembling back to school backpacks for children.
Prayer: July 31st is the feast day of St Ignatius of Loyola. Practice his daily examen at the end of each day this week : https://jesuits.org/spirituality?PAGE=DTN-20130520125910
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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.
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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 July 26, 2018 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.