August 26, 2018: Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Call to Family, Community and Participation
“…We believe people have the right and duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-0being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.” Themes from Catholic Social Teaching , USCCB
First Reading: Joshua 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b
Psalm: 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21
Second Reading: Ephesians 5:21-32
Gospel: John 6:60-69
Catechism of the Catholic Church
The entire Christian life bears the mark of the spousal love of Christ and the Church. Already Baptism, the entry into the People of God, is a nuptial mystery; it is so to speak the nuptial bath.111 which precedes the wedding feast, the Eucharist. Christian marriage in its turn becomes an efficacious sign, the sacrament of the covenant of Christ and the Church. Since it signifies and communicates grace, marriage between baptized persons is a true sacrament of the New Covenant. (1617)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the, Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:
Man and woman have the same dignity and are of equal value, not only because they are both, in their differences, created in the image of God, but even more profoundly because the dynamic of reciprocity that gives life to the “we” in the human couple, is an image of God. In a relationship of mutual communion, man and woman fulfil themselves in a profound way, rediscovering themselves as persons through the sincere gift of themselves Their covenant of union is presented in Sacred Scripture as an image of the Covenant of God with man (cf. Hos 1-3; Is 54; Eph 5:21-33) and, at the same time, as a service to life Indeed, the human couple can participate in God’s act of creation: “God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it’ “ (Gen 1:28). (111)
What solidifies our belief? A transition from acceptance where we hang in the crowd listening to proclamations, cheering or jeering while processing along to an affirmation of realizing we have been bestowed with Spirit and life by the Father. Like Peter we know there is no other place to go, a free will decision that we can never depart from following Jesus and his words of eternal life for along the path of life we have come to believe Jesus is the Holy One of God. For when we know the Lord hears our just cries, we raise our voices over injustice in our world, nation and Church. We are rescued from distress to perceiver in addressing challenging issues detracting from the kIngdom of God here and now.
Many gods exist around us. The lure of money pretending to purchase happiness. Careers earning prestige that can vanish with one corporate merger or retirement. Privilege of race upholding entrenched structural inequities, while other languish. Material possessions speaking status in flashing brands as status symbols that will soon break, tear or be stolen. Power to lord over others as factors of production, quasi slaves robbing others of dignity. Control over creation, as people exploit the gifts of the Creator. Acting like we own our personal possessions, the items can become multiple gods. A home, car, clothes, electronics in the latest version, the most giant screen. A myriad of gods constantly in our midst, but with belief in the Lord, giver of Spirit and life, we realize the transistor nature of those gods creating hollowness like a deflating balloon.
The prophetic words of Jesus have been placed before us on the altar. Challenging as they were to the disciples following Jesus and murmuring in the crowd, the reality of life in ancient Palestine to the cities and towns of the twenty-first century on the twenty-first Sunday in ordinary time, have the same basic needs. For we are all part of the same Divine pilgrimage only fulfilled by the words of Jesus giving Spirit and life.
Individual Reflection: Joshua 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b
http://listeningtowomen.org. Coordinate a listening session at your parish. Seek the support of various ministries to encourage a dialogue and engage active participation in the Church.
Family Reflection: Psalm 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21
Taste and see the goodness of the Lord by encouraging a multi-cultural food festival at your parish representing the native foods of parishioners. Maybe it act as a coming together of different cultures and a place for dialogue, encounter and respect to unify the parish as the Body of Christ.
Prayer: This is the third Sunday utilizing portions of Psalm 34 for the lectionary readings . Take time to read Psalm 34 in its entirety. How does it relate to your experience of receiving the Bread of Life and letting it nurture your life?
Blogs to Visit:
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
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