January 19, 2020: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
Reflect on these quotes and engrain them in your actions
First Reading: Isaiah 49:3, 5-6
Psalm: 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
Second Reading: 1st Corinthians 1:1-3
Gospel: John 1:29-34
Catechism of the Catholic Church
John the Baptist is “more than a prophet.” In him, the Holy Spirit concludes his speaking through the prophets. John completes the cycle of prophets begun by Elijah. He proclaims the imminence of the consolation of Israel; he is the “voice” of the Consoler who is coming. As the Spirit of truth will also do, John “came to bear witness to the light.” In John’s sight, the Spirit thus brings to completion the careful search of the prophets and fulfills the longing of the angels. “He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit. And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God. . . . Behold, the Lamb of God.” (719) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
How do you make Jesus known in the world? An affirmation of His imparting the Holy Spirit to remain with us, for truly He is the Son of God. From our spiritual camaraderie with Jesus, He desires we not laden ourselves in religiosity of sacrifice embedding ourselves with undue burden. Emanating forth from the freedom He desires for us, we respond to lovingly do His will. Not laws of detailed specifications, in flow chart specificity, mandates unattainable, but love from the forgiveness etched in our hearts. Leaving a lasting impression to not retreat from society, but announce the message we have received. For one’s lips are not restrained when one calls upon the name of the Lord. A pronouncement of justice, as the Gospel defines society’s right relationships to not exploit, burden or deny what each person dually deserves. Holiness cannot be a personal persona void of an engagement in the world to craft systems of obedience to what our ears hear when open to the reality and punctuality of the Lord. Not reading every other line of challenging texts, but delving into each line and reading between the lines to see how it relates to where the Lord has placed us. We can be sour grapes or sing a new song when we face and do not elude that reality. A process of not micro seconds, but hones in waiting, to wet our appetite, sharpen our senses, expand our heart, open our eyes. Waiting sometimes allows us to cry out to the Lord from the depths of confusion to the realm of surrender. A process to gain clarity of mission and message, for justice to emerge from injustice. The Lamb of God has taken away the sins of the world, so we should live exuberantly in the grace of forgiveness. To wallow in sin denies why Jesus journeyed to the cross, it wastes our time rehashing what He already took care of. Time that should be productively utilized to do His will, not placating ourselves in piety of sacrifice or offerings of which He desire not. A pretentious spiritual demeanor robs us, wastes precious time when we could be absorbed in serving the Lord.
Individual Reflection: Isaiah 49:3, 5-6
January 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Plan to attend a remembrance vigil in your community. Ask that a petition in the Prayers of the Faithful for January 26th remember the victims of the Holocaust.
Family Reflection: Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
Take a walk in the silence of winter and reflect on God’s gift of creation, even when nature seems dormant.
Prayer: January 25th is the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul
Prayerfully celebrate your conversion
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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.
Catholic Social Teaching offers seven principles for upholding life in our thoughts, decisions and actions.
How we do Catholic Social Teaching.
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 January 17, 2019 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.