October 28, 2012: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
“A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring. In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition recalls the story of the Last Judgment (Matthew 25:31-46) and instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.”
First Reading: Jeremiah 31:7-9
Second Reading: Hebrews 5: 1-6
Gospel: Mark: 10:46-52
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
Today, who sits on the side of the road begging for awareness of their challenges? How do we rebuke them? Do we tell them to be silent, as society doesn’t care about them? Does slander cross our lips and indifference glance our conscience? Jesus asked those rebuking Bartimaeus to call him over. Following the Lord, abandoning their own persuasions, they empowered and encouraged the blind man to spring up and come to Jesus. Jesus asks each of us what we want Him to do for us. With courage, will we answer in faith for the sake of the common good or rebuke the needs of the disenfranchised to maintain the comfort of the status quo? Jesus empowered the man with new found sight to go on his way, as his faith saved him. The man could have gone any way, seen anything or done any desire of his heart. Instead he followed Jesus on the way — not knowing where they were going or what they would do. Do we live with that same faith when we see the marginalized on the side of the road suffering from disabilities, poverty, racism, or violence? Will we affirm their dignity, gifts, talents and passions to welcome their journey as our journey — just as Jesus did?
Lord, help us to encourage and empower those society deems the least. Let us not rebuke their call, but in faith openly hear their story as our story. We thank you for the gift of faith and are filled with joy for the great things you have done for us.
Individual Reflection: Psalm 126
Write a poem about how you have been awed by the great things the Lord has done for you. Mail it in a letter or card to five friends that may not know the depth of your faith.
Family Reflection: Jeremiah 31:7-9
Pass a penny around the dining table and have each person, after reading “In God We Trust”, share how they trust God.
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice web sites.
By Barb Born October 2012 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concerns.