February 11, 2018: Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
The salvation which God offers us is the work of his mercy. No human efforts, however good they may be, can enable us to merit so great a gift. God, by his sheer grace, draws us to himself and makes us one with him. He sends his Spirit into our hearts to make us his children, transforming us and enabling us to respond to his love by our lives. The Church is sent by Jesus Christ as the sacrament of the salvation offered by God. Through her evangelizing activity, she cooperates as an instrument of that divine grace which works unceasingly and inscrutably. (112) Joy of the Gospel Pope Francis
First Reading: Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46
Psalm: 32:1-2, 5, 11
Second Reading: 1st Corinthian 10:31-11:1
Gospel: Mark 1:40-45
Catechism of the Catholic Church
All men are called to the same end: God himself. There is a certain resemblance between the unity of the divine persons and the fraternity that men are to establish among themselves in truth and love. Love of neighbor is inseparable from love for God. (1878) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B
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
Leprosy, in ancient times, defined a broad spectrum of scaly dermatitis. Judgement by the priest rendered a person unclean and exiled apart from the community. The leper coming to Jesus sought not judgement but healing realizing Jesus’ power to transform a social outcast into a miracle. He instructed the leper to return to the priest to show his healing and offer what Moses prescribed as proof he wanted to return to the community, be a part of the human family. We don’t know if the leper made it to the temple, but he emerged as a disciple proclaiming, as a precursor, the resurrection power of Jesus. The fervor of people from every direction sought out Jesus in the outposts of deserted places with a magnetic draw of healing to overcome judgment.
Today, does our faith lure us with the simplicity of judgment to easily dispel people most in need of spiritual counsel? A scrupulosity of road blocks from inclusion instead of the healing of empowerment to transform lives, society and the culture of the Church. Blessed, when we live knowing the Lord fills us with the joy of salvation, our sin is covered from judgment, guilt detracts no more from our joy. Faithful discipleship does everything for the praise and glory of God, not wasting time wallowing in penitential insufficiency. An inclusivity beyond the scope of believers to benefit the many that may see the mercy and healing power of God. A call to live as imitators of Christ, who healed not judged individuals while indirectly highlighting systemic injustice. Do we have the courage to accept the healing into our marrow, touch defiled members of the human family, as Jesus did to disregard mores, and go forth as joyful disciples to precipitate exponential healing in the world?
Individual Reflection: Mark 1:40-45
February 11th is the memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes. “The message of Lourdes is a call to conversion, prayer and charity.” From Daily Roman Missal for Our Lady of Lourdes
Reflect on how Divine physical and spiritual healing in your life has stirred your conversion, the depth of prayer and commitment to serve.
Family Reflection:1st Corinthians 10:31-11-1
Talk about wearing the cross of ashes and fasting on Ash Wednesday. How will these two practices help the family be imitators of Christ?
Prayer: Communion Antiphon for the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
They ate, had their fill and what they craved the Lord gave them. They were not disappointed in what they craved.
Use this stanza to draw you into a prayer of thanksgiving….
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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.
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List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
By Barb Born February 2, 2018 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.