February 9, 2020: Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
February 11th is Our Lady of Lourdes, World Day of the Sick
Resources for your parish
First Reading: Isaiah 58:7-10
Psalm: 112:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Second Reading: 1st Corinthians 2:1-5
Gospel: Matthew 5:13-16
Catechism of the Catholic Church
The origin and purpose of mission. The Lord’s missionary mandate is ultimately grounded in the eternal love of the Most Holy Trinity: “The Church on earth is by her nature missionary since, according to the plan of the Father, she has as her origin the mission of the Son and the Holy Spirit.”341 The ultimate purpose of mission is none other than to make men share in the communion between the Father and the Son in their Spirit of love. (850) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle A
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:
In the Old Testament a twofold attitude towards economic goods and riches is found. On one hand, an attitude of appreciation sees the availability of material goods as necessary for life. Abundance — not wealth or luxury — is sometimes seen as a blessing from God. In Wisdom Literature, poverty is described as a negative consequence of idleness and of a lack of industriousness (cf. Prov 10:4), but also as a natural fact (cf. Prov 22:2). On the other hand, economic goods and riches are not in themselves condemned so much as their misuse. The prophetic tradition condemns fraud, usury, exploitation and gross injustice, especially when directed against the poor (cf. Is 58:3-11; Jer 7:4-7; Hos 4:1-2; Am 2:6-7; Mic 2:1-2). This tradition, however, although looking upon the poverty of the oppressed, the weak and the indigent as an evil, also sees in the condition of poverty a symbol of the human situation before God, from whom comes every good as a gift to be administered and shared. (323)
Light illuminates, without words of sublimity. Salt gives flavor, without verbal eloquence. In sharing bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and homeless, clothing the naked and not turning our backs on others, we act in compassion without pious verbiage demeaning sacred acts. Igniting, sustaining light in the darkness infusing the world with graciousness, mercy, as just people conducting their affairs. Emulating the lavishness of God in giving the poor dignity. A process of expelling oppression from our midst for the Lord enlivens the eyes of people’s hearts to identify, act and acclaim joy over seeing oppression extracted from unjust systems wrenching society with unsettling foundations. False accusations, malicious speech dart verbal projectiles across town and around the world with the constancy of mouse clicks and taps on screens. The adage of needing to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable removes gloom and brings forth light of comfort and awareness from the obscurity of darkness. The power of the Spirit at work in lives to delve into stony hearts inserting pliable persuasion crafted from wisdom in the power of God. A process bringing flavor to the world, expression of enhancing where we live and work. The essence of salt preserving food from bland existence, a shortened shelf life metaphorically extends to our zest from following the Lord. An effervescence uncontainable from actions flowing forth. Not for personal accolades, but transmitting the message of our good deeds offered to glorify our heavenly Father. How we proclaim the Gospel comes not in disecting passages, debating words written in ancient text or thoroughly interpreting the context of time and place. That is the realm of Biblical scholars, while we must let the message of the Gospel transform us in the simplicity of the subtleties. The internal conversion manifest in solid light dispelling darkness that cannot be hid by the ruse of disparaging remarks, snickering. No need for the proof of apologetics. Only a solid flame unflinching with the winds of time. A flame to be shared, passed along, like one candle burning brightly, lighting another. All lit from the same, ultimate source, never diminished by the generosity of sharing. Only expanding exponentially in an outward progression of infinite proportions fueled by the Spirit, given by the love of the Father and exemplified by the Son.
This year makes the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 5th anniversary of Laudato Sí. Encourage your parish to integrated these resources supported by Catholic Climate Covenant into parish activities
During Lent plan to have your family daily participate in Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl program:
Prayer: February is Black History Month. We pray in solidarity
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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 February 4, 2020 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.