August 7, 2011: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
First Reading: 1st Kings 19:9a, 11-13a
Second Reading: Romans 9:1-5
Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
Psalm 85:9-11 paragraphs 490 and 491
Matthew 14:22-33 paragraph 453
Jesus and Elijah, retracing the steps of Moses, retreated up the mountain to pray and seek the voice of God. Do we yearn for the stillness each day to hear God proclaim peace? An intersection of kindness, truth and justice bestows His benefits within our hearts and prepares the way we live the promise. The hope of impending dawn, dispelling darkness through night watches, causes us to take courage, so not to be afraid. We may face strong winds propelled with dominance, violence and people demoralized to pawns as factors of production, but we steadfastly proclaim peace. For the $553 billion proposed American Department of Defense budget for fiscal year 2012, our nation could provide 8.5 million elementary school teachers, 72.8 million Head Starts slots for children, 70.1 million scholarships for university students, or 125.2 million household with solar photovoltaics for one year. (National Priorities Project statistics) To calm the seas of the nation’s moral budget deficit, our consciences must join with the Holy Spirit in bearing witness to the monetary, social and spiritual truth of a culture rooted in warfare.
Individual Reflection: Matthew 14:22-33
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Family Reflection: Psalm 85
Talk about the reality of war in your region –do you see homeless veteran wandering the streets, has money supporting war diverted funds from social programs to assist families, if less was spent on war would unemployment in your community be reduced? What ways do you see the military budget creating a fear based mentality in your neighborhood with problems addressed by dominance and violence instead of dialogue and peace?
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