August 9, 2020: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Care for Creation
Propose a garden at your parish incorporating plants with Biblical “roots”.
Plant seedlings in containers that can be incorporated into the liturgical environment throughout the year to correspond with lectionary readings.
First Reading: 1st Kings 19:9a, 11-13a
Psalm: 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-14
Second Reading: Romans 9: 1-5
Gospel Acclamation Psalm 130:5
Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“The sum of your word is truth; and every one of your righteous ordinances endures forever.” “And now, O LORD God, you are God, and your words are true”;31 this is why God’s promises always come true.32 God is Truth itself, whose words cannot deceive. This is why one can abandon oneself in full trust to the truth and faithfulness of his word in all things. The beginning of sin and of man’s fall was due to a lie of the tempter who induced doubt of God’s word, kindness and faithfulness. (215) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:
Psalm 85:9 and 85:11
Peace is the goal of life in society, as is made extraordinarily clear in the messianic vision of peace: when all peoples will go up to the Lord’s house, and he will teach them his ways and they will walk along the ways of peace (cf. Is 2:2-5). A new world of peace that embraces all of nature is the promise of the messianic age (cf. Is 11:6-9), and the Messiah himself is called “Prince of peace” (Is 9:5). Wherever his peace reigns, wherever it is present even in part, no longer will anyone be able to make the people of God fearful (cf. Zeph 3:13). It is then that peace will be lasting, because when the king rules according to God’s justice, righteousness flourishes and peace abounds “till the moon be no more” (Ps 72:7). God longs to give peace to his people: “he will speak of peace to his people, to his saints, to those who turn to him in their hearts” (Ps 85:9). Listening to what God has to say to his people about peace, the Psalmist hears these words: “Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss” (Ps 85:11). (490)
Psalm 85:9, 11
The promise of peace that runs through the entire Old Testament finds its fulfillment in the very person of Jesus. Peace, in fact, is the messianic attribute par excellence, in which all other beneficial effects of salvation are included. The Hebrew word “shalom” expresses this fullness of meaning in its etymological sense of “completeness” (cf. Is 9:5ff; Mic 5:1-4). The kingdom of the Messiah is precisely the kingdom of peace (cf. Job 25:2; Ps 29:11; 37:11; 72:3,7; 85:9,11; 119:165; 125:5, 128:6; 147:14; Song 8:10; Is 26:3,12; 32:17f.; 52:7; 54:10; 57:19; 60:17; 66:12; Hag 2:9; Zech 9:10; et al.). Jesus “is our peace” (Eph 2:14). He has broken down the dividing wall of hostility among people, reconciling them with God (cf. Eph 2:14-16). This is the very effective simplicity with which Saint Paul indicates the radical motivation spurring Christians to undertake a life and a mission of peace.
On the eve of his death, Jesus speaks of his loving relation with the Father and the unifying power that this love bestows upon his disciples. It is a farewell discourse which reveals the profound meaning of his life and can be considered a summary of all his teaching. The gift of peace is the seal on his spiritual testament: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you” (Jn 14:27). The words of the Risen Lord will not be any different; every time that he meets his disciples they receive from him the greeting and gift of peace: “Peace be with you” (Lk 24:36; Jn 20:19,21,26). (491)
The definitive salvation that God offers to all humanity through his own Son does not come about outside of this world. While wounded by sin, the world is destined to undergo a radical purification (cf. 2 Pet 3:10) that will make it a renewed world (cf. Is 65:17, 66:22; Rev 21:1), finally becoming the place where “righteousness dwells” (2 Pet 3:13).
In his public ministry, Jesus makes use of natural elements. Not only is he a knowledgeable interpreter of nature, speaking of it in images and parables, but he also dominates it (cf. the episode of the calming of the storm in Mt 14:22-33; Mk 6:45-52; Lc 8:22-25; Jn 6:16-21). The Lord puts nature at the service of his plan of redemption. He asks his disciples to look at things, at the seasons and at people with the trust of children who know that they will never be abandoned by a provident Father (cf. Lk 11:11-13). Far from being enslaved by things, the disciple of Jesus must know how to use them in order to bring about sharing and brotherhood (cf. Lk 16:9-13). (453)
Subtleties awaken the spiritual senses. The softness of God explicit in the call He gives and the gifts He bestows. Not as a push or a shove, but extending a hand with the strength of stability against the storms of life. But only if we get out of the boat. The realization a thin hull is only a superficial layer of protection that does nothing to impede pounding waves from engulfing and sinking the whole craft. As Elijah ran away from his call of prophesying, God asks him, “Why are you here?” A question not rendered in judgment, but the invitation to reflect on doing His will. The realization for Elijah that fleeing from the city of idolatry, he was fleeing from his spiritual responsibilities and in essence fleeing from his relationship with God. In love, God asked Elijah to come out of the cave’s isolation to encounter the Lord passing by and in essence encounter the world. Earthquakes, wind and fire, the elements molding the metamorphosis of earth, rearranging the elements, crafting a new reality setting the stage for the voice of God to intone to the ear of humanity. The place where fear looses the grip of the human heart to do what the Lord asks. A prophet, disciple infused with courage for knowing I AM, who encountered Moses, Elijah and Peter encounters us today. The Divinity of creation, salvation and spirit ever ancient, ever new calming the human questioning, quelling the storms of life. Asking “Why do you doubt?”, for God does not as us to prove ourselves, justify our lives in a defensive posture, but live with the primacy of love towards Him and others. A place where the subtleties of the presence of I AM amplify in the daily subtleties of life instead of letting fear sink us. Articulated by the Psalmist as the proclamation of peace, a glory dwelling in the land. A solace rooted in kindness, infused with truth springing forth. No failure to recognize the justice of I AM, resting not in the hands of a few, but intended for the masses. For as the story unfolds in a few kilometers of travel, the boatload of disciples lands and people come to be touched and healed by Jesus. A word of ancient text where healing and saved are synonymous. A subtlety of linguistics, but the presence of the Lord in the continued unfolding of presence for each to hear, experience and believe. The acceptance to not doubt one’s calling, living each subtlety as a reenforcement strengthening the vision of how to manifest that with a sense of mission. Learning the safety net is not the boats we build with human frailties, but the hand of I AM extended as an invitation. Not a push back or shove to “do the right thing” for that would only leave us reeling further back into the darkness of a cave, the uncertainty of a boat pitching in high seas in the dark of night. In the subtleties of life, not in a hurry, we realize the extended hand of I AM has hand outstretched, palm open for us to easily grasp, so we don’t question our unsettledness from viewing camps steeped in riches and idolatry like Moses and Elijah encountered or lineages of faith anguishing the heart of St Paul for their unbelief in Christ. For the compilation of our personal subtleties time and time again present undeniably Divine evidence rendering us grace and courage.
Individual Reflection:1st Kings 19:9a, 11-13a
During the coming week, journal about experiencing God in the subtleties of life
Family Reflection: Romans 9:1-5
Celebrate the Assumption of Mary by watching a livestream mass for this August 15th solemnity from a parish other than the parish you normally attend. Prepare foods for dinner with Assumption inspired theme
Before going to the mountain, Elijah rested under a broom tree. After sending the disciples across the lake and dismissing the crowd, Jesus went to the mountain and prayed. Where in nature do you go to pray?
The broom tree is a sign of renewal with fragment honey smelling blossoms:
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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.
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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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