July 8, 2018: Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers
One of the fundamental tasks of those actively involved in international economic matters is to achieve for mankind an integral development in solidarity, that is to say, “it has to promote the good of every person and of the whole person”. To achieve this task requires a vision of the economy that, on the international level, guarantees an equitable distribution of resources and that is responsive to awareness of the interdependence — economic, political and cultural — that today unites people definitively among themselves and makes them feel linked by a sole destiny. Social problems increasingly take on a global dimension. No State can face these alone and find a solution. The present generations have direct experience of the need for solidarity and are concretely aware of the necessity to move beyond an individualistic culture. There is an ever wider awareness of the need for models of development that seek to take on the task not only “of raising all peoples to the level currently enjoyed by the richest countries, but rather of building up a more decent life through united labour, of concretely enhancing every individual’s dignity and creativity, as well as his capacity to respond to his personal vocation, and thus to God’s call”.(373) Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
First Reading: Ezekiel 2:2-5
Psalm: 123:1-2, 2.3-4
Second Reading: 2nd Corinthians 12:7-10
Gospel: Mark 6:1-6
Catechism of the Catholic Church
God is infinitely good and all his works are good. Yet no one can escape the experience of suffering or the evils in nature which seem to be linked to the limitations proper to creatures: and above all to the question of moral evil. Where does evil come from? “I sought whence evil comes and there was no solution”, said St. Augustine, and his own painful quest would only be resolved by his conversion to the living God. For “the mystery of lawlessness” is clarified only in the light of the “mystery of our religion”. The revelation of divine love in Christ manifested at the same time the extent of evil and the superabundance of grace. We must therefore approach the question of the origin of evil by fixing the eyes of our faith on him who alone is its conqueror. (385) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:
In his preaching, Jesus teaches that we should appreciate work. He himself, having “become like us in all things, devoted most of the years of his life on earth to manual work at the carpenter’s bench” in the workshop of Joseph (cf. Mt 13:55; Mk 6:3), to whom he was obedient (cf. Lk 2:51). Jesus condemns the behaviour of the useless servant, who hides his talent in the ground (cf. Mt 25:14-30) and praises the faithful and prudent servant whom the Master finds hard at work at the duties entrusted to him (cf. Mt 24:46). He describes his own mission as that of working: “My Father is working still, and I am working” (Jn 5:17), and his disciples as workers in the harvest of the Lord, which is the evangelization of humanity (cf. Mt 9:37-38). For these workers, the general principle according to which “the labourer deserves his wages” (Lk 10:7) applies. They are therefore authorized to remain in the houses in which they have been welcomed, eating and drinking what is offered to them (cf. Lk 10:7). (259)
Luke 4:18-19 *Contains Gospel acclamation*
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 fulfilment, not only because he fulfils 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)
Jesus entered the synagogue with his disciples on the sabbath. What if that entourage entered your church this Sunday? Who would be snickering ? What stares would they get? Where would the hospitality ministers offer them a seat or even greet them? Let alone would anyone even listen to the leader of such a group if they tried to teach us something?
Do we only identify with conventional wisdom and fail to acknowledge challenging prophetic voices? Can we let astonishment awaken our senses to see the work of their hands and hear the words of their voice? Initiating a journey to a distant turf might be the only option when honor due is denied in kinship of family and community of heritage.
Ezekiel, alive with the Spirit encountered the Israelites rebelling and revolting with hardness of face and obstinate of heart, but they knew a prophet was among them. Jesus taught in the synagogue and people realized his wisdom exceeded the scribes and pharisees. But they only superficially acknowledged and accepted what he said and did not believe his message. Without belief, faith’s might deeds cease to materialize, life moves on blinded in complacency with the familiar void of the Divine.
In our weakness, we fix our eyes on the Lord, plead for mercy to escape arrogance. Grace mellows our perception of perfection, so the power of Christ fully dwells within us. Strength manifests to approach insults, persecution and constraints, so adversity coupled with belief resonates the strength of faith.
Individual Reflection: 2nd Corinthians 12:7-10
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Family Reflection: Ezekiel 2:2-5
July 8th is the Feast of St Benedict…The following is the Rule of St Benedict for July 8th, talking about the purveyor of food for a monastery. How can these words apply to the functioning of your home?
As cellarer of the monastery
let there be chosen from the community
one who is wise, of mature character, sober,
not a great eater, not haughty, not excitable,
not offensive, not slow, not wasteful,
but a God-fearing man
who may be like a father to the whole community.
Let him have charge of everything.
He shall do nothing without the Abbot’s orders,
but keep to his instructions.
Let him not vex the brethren.
If any brother
happens to make some unreasonable demand of him,
instead of vexing the brother with a contemptuous refusal
he should humbly give the reason
for denying the improper request.
Let him keep qua rd over his own soul,
mindful always of the Apostle’s saying
that “he who has ministered well
will acquire for himself a good standing” (1 Tim. 3:13).
Let him take the greatest care
of the sick, of children, of guests and of the poor,
knowing without doubt
that he will have to render an account for all these
on the Day of Judgment.
Let him regard all the utensils of the monastery
and its whole property
as if they were the sacred vessels of the altar.
Let him not think that he may neglect anything.
He should be neither a miser
nor a prodigal and squanderer of the monastery’s substance,
but should do all things with measure
and in accordance with the Abbot’s instructions.
Prayer: From website for Shrine of St Kateri in Quebec:
PRAYER TO ST KATERI TEKAWITHA
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, our elder sister in the Lord, discreetly, you watch over us;
May your love for Jesus and Mary inspire in us words and deeds of friendship, of forgiveness and of reconciliation.
Pray that God will give us the courage, the boldness and the strength to build a world of justice and peace among ourselves and among all nations.
Help us, as you did, to encounter the Creator God present in the very depths of nature, and so become witnesses of Life.
With you, we praise the Father, the Son and the Spirit. Amen.
Holy founders of the Church in North America. Pray for us.
With permission of the Ordinary of Saint-Jean-Longueuil August 10,2012.
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING FOR ST. KATERI TEKAKWITHA
God our Father, Whom Kateri Tekakwitha liked to call the Great Spirit,
We thank you for having given us this young woman as a model of Christian life.
Despite her frailness and her community’s resistance, she bore witness to the presence of Christ.
With her companions, she drew close to the elderly and to the sick.
Every day, she saw in nature a reflection of your own glory and beauty.
Grant that by her intercession we may always be close to you, more sensitive to the needs of those around us, and more respectful of creation. With her, we shall strive to discover what pleases you and endeavour to accomplish it until that day you call us back to you. Amen!
With permission of the Ordinary of Saint-Jean-Longueuil. August 9, 2012
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