January 27, 2019: Third Sunday of Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
Reflecting on the reading from Nehemiah noting the presence in the assembly of “children old enough to understand”, how can we listen to the voices of youth and be inclusive of them within the Body of Christ. How might you parish and diocese hold a “synod” to listen to their voices and value their gifts? What themes from World Youth Day in Panama might resonate in this process?
First Reading: Nehemiah 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10
Psalm: 19:8, 9, 10, 15
Second Reading: 1st Corinthians 12:12-30
Gospel: Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“Justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God,” “sanctified . . . [and] called to be saints,” Christians have become the temple of the Holy Spirit. This “Spirit of the Son” teaches them to pray to the Father and, having become their life, prompts them to act so as to bear “the fruit of the Spirit” by charity in action. Healing the wounds of sin, the Holy Spirit renews us interiorly through a spiritual transformation. He enlightens and strengthens us to live as “children of light” through “all that is good and right and true.” (1695) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:
The benevolence and mercy that inspire God’s actions and provide the key for understanding them become so very much closer to man that they take on the traits of the man Jesus, the Word made flesh. In the Gospel of Saint Luke, Jesus describes his messianic ministry with the words of Isaiah which recall the prophetic significance of the jubilee: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord” (Lk 4:18-19; cf. Is 61:1-2). Jesus therefore places himself on the frontline of fulfillment, not only because he fulfills what was promised and what was awaited by Israel, but also in the deeper sense that in him the decisive event of the history of God with mankind is fulfilled. He proclaims: “He who has seen me has seen the Father” (Jn 14:9). Jesus, in other words, is the tangible and definitive manifestation of how God acts towards men and women. (28)
1st Corinthians 12:13
“God shows no partiality” (Acts 10:34; cf. Rom 2:11; Gal 2:6; Eph 6:9), since all people have the same dignity as creatures made in his image and likeness . The Incarnation of the Son of God shows the equality of all people with regard to dignity: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:28; cf. Rom 10:12; 1 Cor 12:13, Col 3:11). (144)
God’s Word should not make us sad and weeping, but give us hope, inspiration, freedom and understanding to live as He desires for us. Words that give Spirit and life to refresh our souls, giving wisdom. Words to rejoice our hearts from precepts of our loving God, proclaimed with clarity to enlighten our eyes to His everlasting Divine beauty. Words proclaimed to all humanity from the youngest to oldest, women and men for all to participate as one body with many parts, living as the Body of Christ given to drink of the one Cup and Spirit. A discernment on our part to see the Divine plan for unity. Without striving for unity, dysfunction, fragmentation creates spiritual chaos tumbling into hypocritical proclamation of God’s Word thru speech and actions masquerading as the Lord’s precepts. When we realize the certainty of the teaching we have received, we know the Scripture is fulfilled in our hearing of the Word. A Word we see relevant to our lives, challenging us to be part of the human family engaged in the world, not just spiritually cloistered in personal holiness.
If we are a hand let us reach out to invite the Body of Christ to be wholly inclusive. If we are a foot let us walk, or sometimes hop towards encouraging all to walk towards the decrees of the Lord. If we are a mouth let us not be hesitant to articulate the divisiveness in the Body of Christ and utter words of healing and wisdom to sear the riff. If we are ears let us hear pleas of unity, cries of sorrow from division, mourning for the hurts imprinted on the Body of Christ and transmit those feelings to the heart to let empathy heal.
January 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Attend a remembrance vigil in your community. The United Nations’ theme this year is “Demand and Defend Your Human Rights”
February 2nd is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. It is associated with the blessing of candles. https://www.franciscanmedia.org/presentation-of-the-lord/
Discuss the significance of candles in your faith. How can your family use eco-friendly candles, like those made from beeswax?
Light a candle and sit in silence reflecting on being a light in the world.
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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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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 January 23, 2019 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.