October 15, 2017: Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Care for Creation
“…We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation…”. Themes from Catholic Social Teaching, USCCB
First Reading: Isaiah 25:6-10a
Psalm: 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
Second Reading: Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20
Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14
Catechism of the Catholic Church
At the end of time, the Kingdom of God will come in its fullness. After the universal judgment, the righteous will reign for ever with Christ, glorified in body and soul. The universe itself will be renewed:
The Church . . . will receive her perfection only in the glory of heaven, when will come the time of the renewal of all things. At that time, together with the human race, the universe itself, which is so closely related to man and which attains its destiny through him, will be perfectly re-established in Christ. (1042)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the, Twenty-eighth Sunday, Cycle A
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
For complete text visit: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/justpeace/documents/rc_pc_justpeace_doc_20060526_compendio-dott-soc_en.html
Does complacency, non-chalant, see you tomorrow attitude dictate our relationship to God? With God offering hospitality of feast like proportions to engage in his kingdom, why does he need to dispatch servants to make a summons? Hoping we get the message, the invitation resonates beyond a terse one time formality, but abounds in his multiple invites if the first call fails to initiate a response. He desires we come to see with the eyes of our heart to know the invitation looks for us to see beyond beholding infinite eternity and that it is ready for our immersion now. Not saved just for the eternal embrace, but to sit at the table each day of our lives attentive to the smorgasbord of divine delights, not just a single rhetorical dish. Why does rebellion manifest as a response by some to the invitation? Why does Jesus reply again to the chief priests and elders of the people? A failure to grow, a failure to see the need to receive, a failure to see the relationship between our business of life and faith. God asked the servants to go onto the main roads and invite who ever they find, when the invited guests failed to materialize at the wedding feast. Today, does a need exist for faith to engage in the world as people on the highways and byways of life see God in perspectives beyond a paradigm encrusted with antiquity to forge relevant paths towards gathering at God’s banquet with not just a chosen few, the children of Israel prioritized in the parable, or a few holy, devout believers of today? Does the Body of Christ forget at times everyone on the planet exists as a child of God that should gather together, but what appears in judgmental attitudes as good and bad alike? God wants a hall full of guests to share his generosity, but do we act like we want a pew or table all for ourselves or maybe only ourselves and friends, but no way including those we perceive as bad to partake in the blessings?God especially expresses his bewilderment over hypocrites, people that come to the feast with a phony heart, not appropriately disposed to God’s mercy, kindness, who shows up for the perks without making an effort to live with a party attitude God desires. A shabby response lingering in darkness, not a meticulous decorum disposed to God’s ways. As we revel in God’s desire for our companionship, we draw ourselves to live in the house of the Lord all the days of our lives to refresh our souls as he always accompanies us by our sides.
Individual Reflection:Isaiah 25:6-10a
Take time to learn more about the depth of migration issues impacting humanity by visiting the Center for Migration Studies website: http://cmsny.org/about/
How do the statistics challenge you to become involved in migrant issues in your community?
Family Reflection: Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20
Little Flower Challenge, a CRS education program, offering a toolkit for Catholic families, parishes and schools to help elementary aged children learn about the global justice topic for 2017 of Water is Life :
Prayer: October 18th is the Feast of St Luke, the Evangelist. In Lectio Divina style read Luke 6:37-45.
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
By Barb Born October 10, 2017 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.