June 30, 2019: Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching:
Read Chapter Two of Pope Francis Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete Exsultate, On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World, reflect on these influences in the Church today and how the issue is addressed in today’s readings.
First Reading: 1st Kings 19:16b, 19-21
Psalm: 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
Second Reading: Galatians 5:1, 13-18
Gospel: Luke 9:51-62
Catechism of the Catholic Church
From the very beginning of the Church there were men and women who set out to follow Christ with greater liberty, and to imitate him more closely, by practicing the evangelical counsels. They led lives dedicated to God, each in his own way. Many of them, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, became hermits or founded religious families. These the Church, by virtue of her authority, gladly accepted and approved. (918) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
Living in the Spirit allows us to shed anchors of dead ways to follow the Lord. The attitude, motions, practices consuming time, hindering focus to detract from living absorbed in the Gospel. So we fail to serve one another in love and instead wallow in self-love, self-pity, self-gratification. The place where. I initiates and strive to glow and devour others by imposing a consuming shadow blocking out love. WIth the Spirit, peace prevails so the past and who we were does not define who we are right now, today. An enabling grace to focus forward comes from seeking first the Kingdom of God and not the transitory status of family and possessions. A peace in not seeking vengeance on those we encounter on our journey who might deny a welcome or fail to express solidarity. For wherever our Jerusalem is we must not let the discontent, objectives of others hinder our progress, sap our joy. For if that interrupts our path, we are letting them control our life instead of the Spirit. They have become our inheritance of discord, dissent, division to push the Lord away from being the inheritance in our lives. The place where we take refuge, are consoled, never disturbed, for we know the Lord never abandons us. Our souls rejoice and we abide in confidence, not prideful but assured in the Lord’s promises. He shows us the path of life with fullness of joys unhindered by the darkness of voices seeking a way so narrow, the world is excluded, people abandoned, faith shrinks to an unraveling holiness set on a pedestal immune from love. That is not the freedom in which Christ has set us free, but a prison of doctrine articulating codes to make people faceless. We must refuse this yoke of slavery and let it be ignited and consumed by the fire of love to let people feast on the goodness of the Lord and be guided by the Spirit, for we are not under the weight of untenable, unattainable laws.
Individual Reflection: Galatians 5:1, 13-18
Share the Just Faith program on non-violence and peace with your parish, as an initiative for people to love their neighbor as themselves. Offer to facilitate the group:
Family Reflection: Gospel Acclamation: 1st Samuel 3:9 and John 6:68c Speak Lord, your servant is listening; you have the words of everlasting life.
Have each family member share one “anchor” they need to shed since it is a distraction from following the Gospel.
Prayer: Luke 9: 51-62
After prayerfully listening to the song, All are Welcome, All Belong, reflect on who are faceless people you need to acknowledge and welcome at work, your parish, and in your community. How will you do that in the coming week?
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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 20, 2019 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.