January 26, 2020:Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
The message of peace is not about a negotiated settlement but rather the conviction that the unity brought by the Spirit can harmonize every diversity. It overcomes every conflict by creating a new and promising synthesis. Diversity is a beautiful thing when it can constantly enter into a process of reconciliation and seal a sort of cultural covenant resulting in a “reconciled diversity”. ..(230) Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis
First Reading: Isaiah 8:23-9:3
Psalm: 27:1, 4, 13-14
Second Reading: 1st Corinthians 1:10-13, 17
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Lay people also fulfill their prophetic mission by evangelization, “that is, the proclamation of Christ by word and the testimony of life.” For lay people, “this evangelization . . . acquires a specific property and peculiar efficacy because it is accomplished in the ordinary circumstances of the world.”
This witness of life, however, is not the sole element in the apostolate; the true apostle is on the lookout for occasions of announcing Christ by word, either to unbelievers . . . or to the faithful. (905) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
Jesus went around all of Galilee teaching, proclaiming and curing. He was not selective, exclusive, calculating who he would interact with. A personification ofGod’s inclusiveness. When we raise our eyes and look around our parishes, our Church do we see the welcome of inclusiveness or the judgment of exclusion. As “Church”, do we venture forth beyond the end of the parking lot, the other side of the street to spiritually envision that our “Church” would be dynamically vibrant if we lived like we fully understood the word “all”?With divisions created by a us and them mentality, Church fails to be united in same mind and purpose. Whether divisions exist from rivalries or fear of “others”, the end result is a failure to prioritize our belonging to Christ. A subtle robbing the cross of its meaning places personal priorities ahead of the basis of salvation. We must be courageous to live with the embodiment of all. The ones to welcome everyone, speak out when injustice of exclusion perks factions. With the Lord as our life’s refuge, whom should we be afraid of? If we desire to dwell in the house of the Lord all the day of our lives, let us trust we have the faith to desire the doors are wide open, without gatekeepers denying entry to some sisters and brothers, so seats are empty, voices and wisdom of life silenced. For then we walk in darkness due to the pettiness of a few, gloom rests above the assembled, joy stymied and yoke of judgment burdens souls. We must smash attempts to make a hypocrisy of the Gospel by inserting human precepts over the words and witness of the Lord. Not dismantling divisiveness by verbal or physical violence, as in the day of Midian, but the witness of collaboration, standing with the excluded, not retreating from humanity to dismiss attempts to negate the proclamation of all, the fullness of its meaning in our Church, by trusting in the fidelity of the Lord.
Individual Reflection:1st Corinthians 1:10-13, 17
January 26th is the feast day of Its Timothy and Titus, disciples of St Paul. This week read the letters St Paul wrote to Its Timothy and Titus articulating challenges faced in the early Church. What insights do they give you to address challenges in the Church today?
Family Reflection: Matthew 4:12-23
February 2nd is the Presentation of the Lord. Did you celebrate Epiphany with Kings Bread? If so, who will prepare tamales for the celebration on February 2nd?
Prayer: For unity
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