August 25, 2019: Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Care for God’s Creation
Next Sunday, September 1st starts the Season of Creation. Here is a link to resources from Australia. How might some of the symbolic elements be integrated into liturgy at your parish over the five weeks?
First Reading: Isaiah 66:18-21
Second Reading: Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Christ enables us to live in him all that he himself lived, and he lives it in us. “By his Incarnation, he, the Son of God, has in a certain way united himself with each man.” We are called only to become one with him, for he enables us as the members of his Body to share in what he lived for us in his flesh as our model:
We must continue to accomplish in ourselves the stages of Jesus’ life and his mysteries and often to beg him to perfect and realize them in us and in his whole Church. . . For it is the plan of the Son of God to make us and the whole Church partake in his mysteries and to extend them to and continue them in us and in his whole Church. This is his plan for fulfilling his mysteries in us. (521) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:
The covenant that God established with Abraham, chosen to be “the father of a multitude of nations” (Gen 17:4), opens the way for the human family to make a return to its Creator. The history of salvation leads the people of Israel to believe that God’s action was restricted to their land. Little by little, however, the conviction grows that God is at work also among other nations (cf. Is 19:18-25). The Prophets would announce, for the eschatological times, a pilgrimage of the nations to the Lord’s temple and an era of peace among the peoples (cf. Is 2:2-5, 66:18-23). Israel, scattered in exile, would become definitively aware of its role as a witness to the one God (cf. Is 44:6-8), the Lord of the world and of the history of the nations (cf. Is 44:24-28). (430)
Do we live faith as prophets or party animals? Do parishes proclaim the Lord in Word, deed and advocacy or function as religious country clubs? We eat and drink in the Lord’s company at each Eucharistic feast, but do we see the mercy of the Lord taught in our streets? The call to justice, compassion of the common good, the surrender of self-interest to stand in solidarity with the poor and vulnerable? To receive the gift of the Lord’s presence and to not do anything with the gift of grace, to not take into the world what we have received is bewildering. A force that could be used for good and wasted is an evil expression, an antithesis of faith. To shelter ourselves, hunkered down in the pews with no intent, incentive or initiative to go forth from the Church into the world dismisses the message of the mass, the fruit of liturgy to nourish and send forth the faithful.
The paradox of the narrow gate is that it is really a wide invitation to engage in the whole world, all peoples, all cultures, but the narrowness looming large as an analogy for the focus… Focused on what the Lord calls us to do, to go out to all the world and tell the Good News. An impartation of faith in a myriad of ways, tongues and spiritualities. Not a rigid referendum insensitive to cultural languages and dialects of the human mind. A coming together as the Body of Christ, from the east and west, north and south to recline in the Kingdom of God, in the Lord’s fidelity forever. Faith is a discipline providing a rich abundance of peace. It maybe painful to venture forth as believers in the world, the challenge of the Gospel. The burr of prophetic words echoing from centuries past into the relevancy of today. For the sign has been placed among us that we cannot ignore or lose heart. For He is so real, His message so compelling that we need not knock, but pray for the insight to find the open door and in faith walk thru.
Individual Reflection: Lule 13:22-30
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How can your family help an immigrant family in your parish or community?
Prayer: Collect for Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time
O God, who cause the mind of the faithful to unite in a single purpose, grant your people to love what you command and to desire what you promise, that amid the uncertainties of this world, our hearts may be fixed on that place where true gladness is found. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and rains with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.
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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
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