August 2, 2020: Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
As this weeks marks the 75th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb, let us work for elimination of nuclear weapons and nuclear power to promote a safer, more sustainable world.
First Reading: Isaiah 55:1-3
Psalm: 145:8-9, 15-16, 17-18
Second Reading: Romans 8:35, 37-39
Gospel Acclamation: Matthew 4:4b
Gospel: Matthew 14:13-21
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Spiritual progress tends toward ever more intimate union with Christ. This union is called “mystical” because it participates in the mystery of Christ through the sacraments – “the holy mysteries” – and, in him, in the mystery of the Holy Trinity. God calls us all to this intimate union with him, even if the special graces or extraordinary signs of this mystical life are granted only to some for the sake of manifesting the gratuitous gift given to all. (2014) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:
The universal destination of goods requires a common effort to obtain for every person and for all peoples the conditions necessary for integral development, so that everyone can contribute to making a more humane world, “in which each individual can give and receive, and in which the progress of some will no longer be an obstacle to the development of others, nor a pretext for their enslavement”. This principle corresponds to the call made unceasingly by the Gospel to people and societies of all times, tempted as they always are by the desire to possess, temptations which the Lord Jesus chose to undergo (cf. Mk 1:12-13; Mt 4:1-11; Lk 4:1-13) in order to teach us how to overcome them with his grace. (175)
Disheartened by the murder of John the Baptist, Jesus did not let the grief detour His mission. The vast crowd of people waiting for Him to disembark from the boat affirmed the relevance, urgency and necessity to forge ahead. A ministry of presence and healing flowing forth form a heart infused for the lost and suffering. Not a time to dismiss people to their own resilience in a deserted place of Palestine with rays of Middle Eastern sun shortening. Jesus enlisted the disciples to care for the crowd, as He asks us today to engage in His spiritual chores not looking on our shortcomings, but trusting in our faith. Our coming to rest our treasures at Jesus’ feet to be blessed, so we may share with others. A blessing nurtured in prayer, flowing forth from the Father’s love. For we cannot satisfy ourselves without satisfying others by companioning on their spiritual journey and journey of life. The essence of community attaining wholeness, satisfaction that by soothing the churning needs, solace leads to wholeness. Full baskets that day the crowd spent with Jesus meant hearts full of peace in knowing they had been touched in a mystical way by the Master. And a real life lesson in 3-D for the disciples to take the fragments that touched their lives and share on their journeys to the ends of the earth. A realization that day and what we should acknowledge, exemplify and acclaim each day Jesus acts not by judging, condemning, berating, but by love. A four letter word far removed from the four letter spelling hate. A love nothing can separate us from, what ever the list of challenges we might concoct or list of exclusions we might draft to do a morality check at the doors of Church. Church not just as a building located at the intersection of two streets, but Church as the ecclesial body of believers. The stranded, seekers and searchers heading, nudging along to the realization of knowing, absorbed in consumerism gleams like a mirage leaving insatiable, continual thirst while debt mounts and wallets empty with no peace on the horizon. As Jesus fed the vast crowd sitting on the grass, He has never stopped feeding, satisfying His followers in two millenniums with rich fare of spiritual nourishment for those listening in mind and heart attentively. An everlasting covenant infusing life into our lives which we are asked to impart in the world. For without cost we have been given and without cost we are to share.
Individual Reflection: Matthew 14:13-21
How can you help in providing food to those in need? Invite five others to help you. Look at alternatives involving natural, organic food, such as community gardens and mitigating food deserts in economically challenged neighborhoods.
Family Reflection:Romans 8:35, 37-39
Learn about St Cajetan, whose feast day is August 7th. He faced challenges of the plague, Church reform, and exploitation of the poor, like many challenges the world faces today.
Prayer : August 6th is the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. Prayerfully listen to Transfigure Us, O Lord by Bob Hurd Search for a rendition on line or use the link posted at the end of this blog post
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 July 27, 2020 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.