September 1, 2019: Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Care for Creation
As the Season of Creation begins
First Reading: Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29
Psalm: Psalms 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11
Second Reading: Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24a
Gospel:Luke 14:1, 7-14
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Envy represents a form of sadness and therefore a refusal of charity; the baptized person should struggle against it by exercising good will. Envy often comes from pride; the baptized person should train himself to live in humility: Would you like to see God glorified by you? Then rejoice in your brother’s progress and you will immediately give glory to God. Because his servant could conquer envy by rejoicing in the merits of others, God will be praised. (2540) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:
During his earthly ministry Jesus works tirelessly, accomplishing powerful deeds to free men and women from sickness, suffering and death. The Sabbath — which the Old Testament had put forth as a day of liberation and which, when observed only formally, lost its authentic significance — is reaffirmed by Jesus in its original meaning: “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” (Mk 2:27). By healing people on this day of rest (cf. Mt 12:9-14; Mk 3:1-6; Lk 6:6-11, 13:10-17, 14:1-6), he wishes to show that the Sabbath is his, because he is truly the Son of God, and that it is the day on which men should dedicate themselves to God and to others. Freeing people from evil, practising brotherhood and sharing: these give to work its noblest meaning, that which allows humanity to set out on the path to the eternal Sabbath, when rest will become the festive celebration to which men and women inwardly aspire. It is precisely in orienting humanity towards this experience of God’s Sabbath and of his fellowship of life that work is the inauguration on earth of the new creation. (261)
Sunday is a day that should be made holy by charitable activity, devoting time to family and relatives, as well as to the sick, the infirm and the elderly. One must not forget the “brethren who have the same needs and the same rights, yet cannot rest from work because of poverty and misery”. Moreover, Sunday is an appropriate time for the reflection, silence, study and meditation that foster the growth of the interior Christian life. Believers should distinguish themselves on this day too by their moderation, avoiding the excesses and certainly the violence that mass entertainment sometimes occasions. The Lord’s Day should always be lived as a day of liberation that allows us to take part in “the festal gathering and the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven” (cf. Heb 12:22-23), anticipating thus the celebration of the definitive Passover in the glory of heaven. (285)
Not proud, haughty, arrogant or assertive, for to be humble means not to be rude, indifferent, boastful or demanding. Characteristics of humility endows a demeanor that garners respect. Humility flows from a life rooted in faith. The belief in the oneness of the human family, of accepting people where they are, living life with the spirit of encounter and accompaniment. Not allowing pretentious, pious overflowing accolades of holiness to derail one’s relationship with God and others. To focus on one’s gifts and strengths, not dabbling in the sublime, feeling the need to do everything, but do well in stressing affirmation of one’s talents. The need to embrace the lowly, excluded of the fast track of society with the humility of patience. The act of listening, not telling them what to do to “fix” their lives to live in step with prerogatives of dominance. Taking the effort, expending the time to make certain everyone has a chair at the banquet of life, the table of plenty. That we help to arrange the chairs, not looking for our hands to be graced with rewards, but seeking to serve and accommodate all. Not worrying about where we sit, but feel blessed to be in attendance in God’s presence and let the blessings flow. To worry about preferred seating instead of why we encounter the Living God and share that experience with others displays a selfish ideology of wanting others to embellish honor, give you edification defeats the purpose of coming to the table. For playing leap frog at the table is about being seen, striving for greatness in earthly terms, ignoring the model of Jesus to take the Lord’s yoke and heave it into the trash heap. The anthesis of learning from the Lord, who is humble of heart. Humility anchors itself in genuineness. Phony persona, condescending charity, overt holiness or flaunting wealth dismisses the reality of humility, the need to rely on God and tread in His statutes. Humility, not words spoken, but lives lived.
Individual Reflection: Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29
What are your talents strengths? How do you use them to serve the Lord? What action will you take this week to serve the Lord?
Family Reflection: Luke 14:1, 7-14
How can each family member exhibit more humility?
Prayer: As we start the Season of Creation, reflect on the Laudato Si prayer:
Father, we praise you with all your creatures.
They came forth from your all-powerful hand;
they are yours, filled with your presence and your tender love.
Praise be to you!
Son of God, Jesus,
through you all things were made.
You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother,
you became part of this earth,
and you gazed upon this world with human eyes.
Today you are alive in every creature
in your risen glory.
Praise be to you!
Holy Spirit, by your light
you guide this world towards the Father’s love
and accompany creation as it groans in travail.
You also dwell in our hearts
And you inspire us to do what is good.
Praise be to you!
Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love,
teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of you.
Awaken our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made.
Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined
to everything that is.
God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love for all the creatures of this earth,
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good, advance the weak,
and care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.
O Lord, seize us with your power and light,
help us to protect all life,
to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your Kingdom
of justice, peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you!
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