January 20, 2013: 2nd Week in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Life and Dignity of the Human Person
“…the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society…”Themes from Catholic Social Teaching USCCB
First Reading: Isaiah 62:1-5
Psalm: 96: 1-2, 2-3, 7-8. 9-10
Second Reading: 1st Corinthians 12:4-11
Gospel: John 2:1-11
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: no reference
For the sake of equal access to the lunch counter, a seat on the bus, or a drinking fountain Martin Luther King Jr. would not be silent. As workers struggled for equitable pay and working conditions Martin Luther King Jr. would not be quiet. He was the voice for the dawn of a new day that proclaimed equality, so no more shall people be called forsaken. Dr. King set forth a dream rooted in the spiritual gifts of faith. What is your gift of the Spirit to continue the dream, so we will be free, free at last from racism, oppression and disrespect? In the same Lord, we are called to different forms of service, to do whatever He tells us, in respect of each human being’s dignity among the nations and among all peoples.
Lord help me to understand my spiritual gifts and the courage to sing a new song in my land. May I always respect the dignity of every person I meet and offer an essence of hope in the world.
Individual Reflection: 1st Corinthians 12:4-11
January 25th is the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul. Reflect on your conversion, a time when you moved from accepting faith to belief. How does your belief strengthen your resolve to act for justice?
Family Reflection: Psalm 96: 1-2, 2-3, 7-8, 9-10
Attend a Martin Luther King Day celebration in your community.
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
By Barb Born January 12, 2013 The reflection maybe reproduced in parish bulletins, newsletters and for faith sharing groups without copyright concerns.