September 8, 2019: Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Life and Dignity of the Human Person
The Book of Philemon talks of a slave becoming a brother, a man. September 9th is the feast of St Peter Claver, who endured contempt from the slave traders in Cartagena, as he cared for the slaves. Unfortunately, slavery still exists in the world, many times in the form of human trafficking, in most countries on the globe. Educate your self about slavery in the world today.
First Reading: Wisdom 9:13-18b
Psalm: 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14-17
Second Reading: Philemon 9-10, 12-17
Catechism of the Catholic Church
The Word became flesh to be our model of holiness: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me.” “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.” On the mountain of the Transfiguration, the Father commands: “Listen to him!” Jesus is the model for the Beatitudes and the norm of the new law: “Love one another as I have loved you.” This love implies an effective offering of oneself, after his example. (459) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the, Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No reference this week
Our timidness and hesitancy constrains our mortal minds. The weight of many concerns lingers from day to day if we fail to embrace God’s counsel. The freedom of throwing ourselves into the wild ideas of God. Unimaginable possibilities in participating as co-creators in the unfolding of the Divine experience. God imparting wisdom into the crevasses of our imagination. The Holy Spirit providing the spark to ignite our actions. An experience of every age of humanity, every season of our lives. A refuge from the mundane existence to let faith excel and propel us into God’s design. Our participation, invoked by surrender of our plans, goals and pleasures to live totally free, soothed by God’s compassion, bathed in His balm of mercy, caressed in His love. An experience to make us remember we will return to dust and the only enduring precept is our soul’s affinity for God and His ways. Our designs, dreams are but a poof of time in a day for God. Like plants sprouting to soon wilt and crunch under foot, the temporarancy of mortal ways lingers for but a moment. So we beseech the Lord to help us number our days right, gain wisdom in our heart to practice kindness over belligerence, gladness over self-pity and prosper the work of our hands and minds not for wealthy pursuits, but in service to God who is our ultimate pursuit. A pursuit like the unfolding of a rose with each petal freeing its self to expose a greater beauty, identity and fragrance of the eternal journey. A process to not look at the slavery of our past and each self-constructed idol that detracted from our visibility of God and to look at all humanity as partners in living in God’s freedom. Helping, assisting, nurturing each other to live more fully in the freedom. The sight to see beyond sin with minds ordered in forgiveness, virtue and humility expound God’s wisdom in the world. A cross we each carry, but with the foundation to see the cross as a sign of resurrection to newness of life. To hold the cross firmly, we must free our hands of possessions, animate of people and things and inanimate of self-conceived dreams, self-edifying passions ordered to our wants, to firmly grasp the wood to proceed where the Holy Spirit leads us. A renouncement of what takes us away from God, so we are able lean into the realm of God and all His love desires for us.
Individual Reflection: Wisdom 9:13-18b
September 12th is the memorial of the Most Holy Name of Mary. Think of all the names Mary has reflecting various cultures, as The Lady reflecting the universality of the Church. Which title do you find most meaningful and use when asking for her intercession? Do you have a picture, icon of that title in your home?
Family Reflection: Luke 14:25-33
September 8th is the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Discuss her role in salvation history, her yes to God’s invitation as the family reflects on the Magnificat from Luke’s Gospel (Luke 1:46-55) and celebrate with a festive meal.
Prayer: September 14th is the Feast of the Exaltation Holy Cross
Spend time in contemplation while holding a crucifix in your hands
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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 September 3, 2019 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.