February 16, 2020: Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers
Reflect on economic choices you make:
The principle of the universal destination of goods is an invitation to develop an economic vision inspired by moral values that permit people not to lose sight of the origin or purpose of these goods, so as to bring about a world of fairness and solidarity, in which the creation of wealth can take on a positive function. Wealth, in effect, presents this possibility in the many different forms in which it can find expression as the result of a process of production that works with the available technological and economic resources, both natural and derived. This result is guided by resourcefulness, planning and labour, and used as a means for promoting the well-being of all men and all peoples and for preventing their exclusion and exploitation. (174) Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
First Reading: Sirach 15:15-20
Psalm: 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34
Second Reading: 1st Corinthians 2:6-10
Gospel: Matthew 5:17-37
Catechism of the Catholic Church
The New Law is called a law of love because it makes us act out of the love infused by the Holy Spirit, rather than from fear; a law of grace, because it confers the strength of grace to act, by means of faith and the sacraments; a law of freedom, because it sets us free from the ritual and juridical observances of the Old Law, inclines us to act spontaneously by the prompting of charity and, finally, lets us pass from the condition of a servant who “does not know what his master is doing” to that of a friend of Christ – “For all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you” – or even to the status of son and heir. (1972) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No reference this week
Choices, intricate and complex or obvious and simple. Discernment over time or nano-second decisions. All processed through the lens of our faith, affinity to follow the commandments. Not obsessed with the letter of the law, but prudence to form right relationships, spiritually and of human identity. Extremes of scrupulosity or moral neglect render the same consequences. A detachment from making the center of our life loving God and others. Striving to create a goodness in the world reflective of the Father’s graciousness. A seeking with all one’s heart. A keeping of words, beyond just speaking words. An opening of eyes to resolutely see and not just imagine an idyllic persona lacking reality to time, place and practicalities. The synergy of the mystery of God prodding as to delve for answers beyond transitory objectives of fleeting rulers. Sometimes a surprise, the Ah Ha moment that never entered our conscience, enlivened our heart until that Divine awakening to answers beyond our self, when we are blessed to experience making choices in the depth of our soul. The transition of human intellect into a space of Divine awakening permeating the existence of “I”, “me” to expose a much more wonderful identity. The choice we let seep into the marrow of wonder, a stirring to stand erect and sense the multi faceted layers embedded in choices. Let the choices you make not confound you, but empower you to feel God’s hand and know the trust He bestows on you. For that is what God has prepared for those who love Him since He commands no one to act unjustly.
Individual Reflection: Psalm 119: 1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34
Reflect on five choices you are pondering. How are you discerning in making those choices?
Family Reflection: Sirach 15:15-20
Discuss how you make choices as a family. Are all voices heard?
Prayer: Communion Antiphon Sixth Week in Ordinary Time Psalm 78 (77): 29-30
They ate and had their fill and what they craved the Lord gave them; they were not disappointed in what they craved
Reflect on the significance of the Eucharist in guiding your making of choices.
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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
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