Third Sunday of Advent: December 16, 2018:
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
The Church, the sign in history of God’s love for mankind and of the vocation of the whole human race to unity as children of the one Father, intends with this document on her social doctrine to propose to all men and women a humanism that is up to the standards of God’s plan of love in history, an integral and solidary humanism capable of creating a new social, economic and political order, founded on the dignity and freedom of every human person, to be brought about in peace, justice and solidarity. This humanism can become a reality if individual men and women and their communities are able to cultivate moral and social virtues in themselves and spread them in society. “Then, under the necessary help of divine grace, there will arise a generation of new men, the moulders of a new humanity” (19) Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
First Reading: Zephaniah 3:14-18a
Psalm: Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6
Second Reading: Philippians 4:4-7
Gospel: Luke 3:10-18
Catechism of the Catholic Church
The People of the “poor”— those who, humble and meek, rely solely on their God’s mysterious plans, who await the justice, not of men but of the Messiah – are in the end the great achievement of the Holy Spirit’s hidden mission during the time of the promises that prepare for Christ’s coming. It is this quality of heart, purified and enlightened by the Spirit, which is expressed in the Psalms. In these poor, the Spirit is making ready “a people prepared for the Lord. (716) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to theThird Sunday of Advent, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
The realization that the Lord will renew us in love should cause us to rejoice and respond in kindness. But instead do we hunker down on the offensive with absolute single minded judgment, out of self-conceived love, proclaim you do not meet my standards, so I am telling you what it right and if you do not adhere to my decrees you are damned. An abrupt slap in the face before time to give the sign of peace, listen, void of the Lord’s presence in our midst. Void of rejoicing, shutting doors before inviting all in, as the vision is a festival for the few holy souls. If God indeed sent our Savior, we should confident of His love for us and unafraid of those who in our frailties we blindly view as other, unchosen, unholy. Do we have the courage and strength to live in love? For as we have drawn water from the fountain of salvation in baptism, will we live our baptismal promise, the call we received to walk with Jesus, live like Jesus? Strengthened by prayer and petition laden with Thanksgiving not despair, the peace of God that passes all understanding will guide our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. The true expression of love brings us glad tidings to overcome our human poverty of selfishness and greed. A life of love with concerns for the well being of others. To share a cloak with a person not having one, for we can only wear one cloak at a time. An unused cloak hanging in a closet denies another warmth from the night’s chill and the opportunity to affirm their dignity, drape them in love, not scatter them into the fringes of society. Unused food, sitting on a shelf provides substance for no one, no response of love to the hunger of another human being. Undue justice with the few having the most and the many struggle is unprescribed Gospel justice severed by the love of money, not God and one’s sisters and brothers. A call for those seeking to dominate, thinking their call to dominate is at all costs, realizing love does not extort, falsely accuse others while being satisfied with wages providing the necessities of life. To seek wants, revel in more erases love from our lives, quenching the flame of the Holy Spirit with idolatry of money, self made gods loving self without a thought for loving others. God did not separate Himself from man, out of love. Jesus did not separate Himself from us out of love. We must not separate ourselves from others out of love.
Individual Reflection: Luke 3:10-18
National Migration Week is January 6-12, 2019: Building Communities of Welcome: Prepare resources to share with your parish and plan a listening session to hear the stories of migrants in your parish and community.
Family Reflection: Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6
Take a retreat from preparation for Christmas and do a joyful activity as a family.
Prayer: Prayer for Gaudete Sunday
Pray and reflect of how your faith is an expression of joy
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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
By Barb Born December 13, 2018 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.