March 3, 2019: Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers
Look at the video from Pax Christi Parish in Minnesota and programs of justice they do as a community
Look at the elements of justice in their bulletin with a balance of activities
How could your parish integrate more justice activities into the parish community?
First Reading: Sirach 27:4-7
Psalm: 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16
Second Reading: 1st Corinthians 15:54-58
Catechism of the Catholic Church
To avoid rash judgment, everyone should be careful to interpret insofar as possible his neighbor’s thoughts, words, and deeds in a favorable way:
Every good Christian ought to be more ready to give a favorable interpretation to another’s statement than to condemn it. But if he cannot do so, let him ask how the other understands it. And if the latter understands it badly, let the former correct him with love. If that does not suffice, let the Christian try all suitable ways to bring the other to a correct interpretation so that he may be saved. (2478)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: Researching footnote references, so not including these references at this time.
Do we opt for appearance or substance to frame dialogue with another person? Do we attentively listen with or ears or visually peruse with our eyes? Do we grasp the good one has wrought or embellish potential unaccomplished? Trees tended, nurtured, cared for produce bountiful, good fruit. Souls coddled by God, open to His love, bring forth God’s goodness. Words acclaimed articulate one’s frailties, define their objectives, show their nuances, draft their paradigm. Words acclaim the bent of one’s mind, a test of one’s will to give thanks to the Lord or utter prideful platitudes. Words of discipleship striving to be like Jesus, our teacher, radiating kindness and faithfulness from the dawn to setting sun of our lives, the death that has no sting to sap eternity. An understanding that to vigorously serve the Lord is not in vain. Our devotion to doing His work must be steadfast with devotion, not a wimpy sluff off railed with verbal rebuffs of why others should be excluded from the company of the Lord, in His house, at His table. For none have spiritual credentials to be a cohort of Jesus. Beams and splinters hoisting barriers to spiritual acuity, contribute to spiritual blindness and attempting to lead each other around in the maze leaves the afflicted crashing into the reality of hypocrisy. The need to extract self-defense mechanisms touting our holiness over the indiscretions of others. Seeing clearly, having a wide field of vision leaves one with spiritual acuity to see the breadth of humanity striving to follow Jesus and bear good fruit in the world. Goodness flowing forth from a heart full of Jesus’ mercy, waiting to share mercy and welcome in the world, not a retreating from the world posture. A heart reverberating goodness in the world through a mouth speaking compassion not judgment. Life is a test of what the potter molds. The option for just people to live justly. For lives flourishing like palm trees, withstanding winds of insult, hypocrisy, exclusion and innuendo of segregation and inequality. When the winds stop the heart stills, words can be heard for dialogue, giving thanks and praise to know we are firmly planted in the house of the Lord.
Individual Reflection: Sirach 27:4-7
Join NETWORK this Lent to reflect and act on racial injustice in society
Family Reflection: Luke 6:39-45
March 8th is International Women’s Day. Visit the United Nations site, watch the videos to learn about the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and initiatives to improve educational and job opportunities while decreasing violence against women globally.
Prayer: For the start of Lent, participate in a Stations of the Cross reflection this week.
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 February 27, 2019 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.