July 28, 2019: Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Call to Family, Community and Participation
Take the call to family, community and participation into your prayerful realm with God this week
First Reading: Genesis 18:20-32
Psalm: 138:1-2, 2-3, 6-7, 7-8
Second Reading: Colossians 2:12-14
Gospel Acclamation: Romans 8:15bc
Gospel: Luke 11:1-13
Catechism of the Catholic Church
The acts of faith, hope, and charity enjoined by the first commandment are accomplished in prayer. Lifting up the mind toward God is an expression of our adoration of God: prayer of praise and thanksgiving, intercession and petition. Prayer is an indispensable condition for being able to obey God’s commandments. “[We] ought always to pray and not lose heart.” (2098) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:
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)
The Face of God, progressively revealed in the history of salvation, shines in its fullness in the Face of Jesus Christ crucified and risen from the dead. God is Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; truly distinct and truly one, because God is an infinite communion of love. God’s gratuitous love for humanity is revealed, before anything else, as love springing from the Father, from whom everything draws its source; as the free communication that the Son makes of this love, giving himself anew to the Father and giving himself to mankind; as the ever new fruitfulness of divine love that the Holy Spirit pours forth into the hearts of men (cf. Rom 5:5).
By his words and deeds, and fully and definitively by his death and resurrection, Jesus reveals to humanity that God is Father and that we are all called by grace to become his children in the Spirit (cf. Rom 8:15; Gal 4:6), and therefore brothers and sisters among ourselves. It is for this reason that the Church firmly believes that “the key, the centre and the purpose of the whole of man’s history is to be found in her Lord and Master”. (31)
The Lord did not take a second hand observation about the inequities of Sodom and Gomorra. Instead, amidst the chaos, He visited. The Divine ever present, while the world, the Church seems to have lost the spiritual tangibility of God to continually muddle along in their affairs. Only when coming to the dialogue of prayer will the transcendence of humanity feel the caress of the Divine. As Luke deletes, who resides in heaven, to a salutation of reverencing the Father’s name, brings the petitioner into the Father’s mercy, love and grace. The oratory towards a beneficent Father. The desire for His ways, bringing forth His kingdom. The realization that fails to happen within our own initiative, but only by the strength He provides. A strength in daily bread not to hoard or become glutenous with, but a bread graciously, freely shared as we have received. A Divine invitation to be as merciful as the Father. In prayer, we must refrain from bidding in prayer with God like we are at a swap meet. Bidding to secure the best deal for ourselves, desiring the cheapest price or in the realm of prayer the least surrender of our own ways. We must seek prayer beyond a capitalistic contract to engage in prayer with the Divine as a friendship. The opportunity to share openly the deepest realms of our soul, the most sincere desires four heart. A time to also listen to God’s aspirations for our lives as to how we should share the bread He gives us. The affinity of letting go, as an experience of spiritual freedom He wishes us to experience. Then we learn to ask not selfishly, but spiritually and receive the infinite embrace of God. A process where we do not become stagnant but continually seek God in all the essence of life to find the Divine ever waiting in new encounters. Helping us to know we are not passive participants sitting in a pew with hands folded, but have persistence to knock on doors of injustice, questioning why the dead bolts are secured to exclude, demean and discount all God’s children and creation. A.S.K. ask, seek, knock helps us to ask questions of God that in our discovery He answers for us through the working of the Holy Spirit.
Individual Reflection: Genesis 18:20-32
Listen to these You Tube videos about Laudato Si. How can you prayerfully acts to live the message of Laudato Si?
Family Reflection:Luke 11:1-13
Register your home garden, church or school grounds as a St Kateri habitat
Prayer: July 31st is the Feast Day of St Ignatius of Loyola
This week pray the Examen promoted by St Ignatius
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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
By Barb Born July 24, 2019 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.