September 29, 2019:Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
Solidarity in the Mustard Seed
First Reading: Amos 6:1a, 4-7
Psalm: 146:7, 8-9, 9-10
Second Reading: 1st Timothy 6:11-16
Gospel: Luke 16:19-31
Catechism of the Catholic Church
The principle of solidarity, also articulated in terms of “friendship” or “social charity,” is a direct demand of human and Christian brotherhood.
An error, “today abundantly widespread, is disregard for the law of human solidarity and charity, dictated and imposed both by our common origin and by the equality in rational nature of all men, whatever nation they belong to. This law is sealed by the sacrifice of redemption offered by Jesus Christ on the altar of the Cross to his heavenly Father, on behalf of sinful humanity. (1939) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
Opulence makes solidarity obsolete. To relax in contentment from surroundings of luxury, dining on scrumptious cuisine without a care in the world forgets we are from God, we own nothing and our ultimate destiny is to return to Him. Living with the best money can buy leads one quickly into exile from God. A march away from the promised land to the captivity of possessions. Far away from the lowly left behind, struggles for food. But God will give them sight in the land of the living and protect their souls from their endurance in richness of faith. We must shed the luxury of purple garments, made with the most expensive dyes and exquisiteness of fine linen for the simplicity of life. To know it is not what we have or wear that define who we are, but our faith. The pursuit of righteousness, our devotion for the sacred, faith the size of a mustard seed that we trust God to bloom forth for His glory. Lives practicing patience and gentleness, grounded in love of God and neighbor. Faith we confess with our mouth, live by our life and affirm by Amen at each journey to the Eucharistic table. Faith to be attentive to who is at the door, the door of our heart. Confessing our poverty allows our soul to rise to God, but in prioritizing wealth one dies to the goodness of God to be buried under the weight of false pretenses that ignites a life of despair. A separation from God untraversable until one surrenders into the peace of Christ, a place beyond words, inviting us into the mystery. A faith witnessed by the prophets affirming the transformative power of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.
Individual Reflection:1st Timothy 6:11-16
September 30th is the Memorial of St Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church. He is credited with translating the Bible into Latin and the text was adopted by the Church as the official text of the Bible. Each day this week spend 20 minutes reading the Bible. As a study reference, use the New Jerome Biblical Commentary
Family Reflection: Luke 16:19-31
September 29th is the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, the Archangels. Talk about the ways angles have been messengers and protectors in our faith.
Prayer: October 2nd is the Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels
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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.
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List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
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