February 10, 2019: Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Rights and Responsibilities
Read Pope Francis’ thoughts on discipleship:
“The first point recalls that the centre of mission is the Person of Jesus Himself. When Jesus sends the Apostles on mission, they are not going forth to spread their own message, or to demonstrate their own abilities. Rather, like rays emanating from a centre, the disciples proclaim the message of Jesus, and to bring His presence and His work into the world. They are called to speak and act as His messengers.”
First Reading: Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8
Psalm: 138: 1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 7-8
Second Reading: 1st Corinthians 15:1-11
Gospel: Luke 5:1-11
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“Christ, sent by the Father, is the source of the Church’s whole apostolate”; thus the fruitfulness of apostolate for ordained ministers as well as for lay people clearly depends on their vital union with Christ. In keeping with their vocations, the demands of the times and the various gifts of the Holy Spirit, the apostolate assumes the most varied forms. But charity, drawn from the Eucharist above all, is always “as it were, the soul of the whole apostolate.” (864) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references
Discipleship is not a one boat endeavor. If a boat was big enough for all disciples, the monolithic size would make navigation problematic, getting stuck on sand bars a frequent occurrence, while keeping everyone confined in one place and it could possibly sink from the weight of having so many people on board. The boats of discipleship need to go in all directions of the compass, to reach out in the vast expanse and lower nets in various locales. Disciples must learn their job is not concluded with one voyage into the deep, come back to shore, disembark, clean the boat, wash the nets and go home to relax thinking they worked so hard and need to retire. For discipleship is not accomplished with the boat pulled up to a dock or beached on the shore, but when we allow our boat to untie from the dock or set sail on a rising tide and put out into the deep. The place where currents flow fast, winds blow and waves crest. Beyond the mundane of looking at the ocean to the astonishment of being on the water to see the vastness of the Divine realm. A place where we realize in humility the significance of our discipleship and impartation of effective grace to empower discipleship in such vastness to tread in waters not in vain. For in discipleship we toil while holding fast to the Word that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, He was buried, raised on the third day and appeared to many. For in belief we are being saved, purged of iniquities, a continually unfolding awareness of God’s promise that build strength within us to live as disciples , so our ears are tuned to the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send?” Not a mandate of forcing us to go, but an invitation. If we respond affirmatively, we venture into the deep sometimes rowing our boat and if we are really cruisin’ it feel like the boat has dual outboards at full throttle. Going as disciples we affirm our creed, seeing faith’s relevance to challenging issues of poverty, racism, violence, environmental degradation. For in our discipleship we are not afraid, we give thanks to the Lord by manifesting His ways in our world by our presence and the work of our hands as we follow Him.
Individual Reflection: Luke 5:1-11
Select one item to advocate for this week and encourage five friends to join you
Family Reflection: Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8
As a form of discipleship, encourage your parish to initiate and offer to participate in Ending Poverty in Community for Young Advocates
Prayer: Prayerfully reflect on how the Nicene Creed manifests in your discipleship
I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Blogs to Visit:
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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.
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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 5, 2019 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.