July 24, 2016: Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Rights and Responsibilities
It is from the inner wellspring of love that the values of truth, freedom and justice are born and grow. Human life in society is ordered, bears fruits of goodness and responds to human dignity when it is founded on truth; when it is lived in justice, that is, in the effective respect of rights and in the faithful carrying out of corresponding duties; when it is animated by selflessness, which makes the needs and requirements of others seem as one’s own and intensifies the communion of spiritual values and the concern for material necessities; when it is brought about in the freedom that befits the dignity of men and women, prompted by their rational nature to accept responsibility for their actions. These values constitute the pillars which give strength and consistency to the edifice of life and deeds: they are values that determine the quality of every social action and institution. (205) Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
First Reading: Genesis 18:20-32
Psalm: 138:1-2, 2-3, 6-7, 7-8
Second Reading: Colossians 2:12-14
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 of 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)
Without a conversation, misconceptions brew, ways part, needs ignored. So why do we neglect conversation in our lives? Does the rush to conclusions, the hurry to get a job done, impatience to listen blot out the importance of conversation? What could we discover about another person, an issue, the intricacies of our world if we prioritize conversations over self-initiatives?
Do we live our spiritual lives like our human existence and only initiate conversations when dire needs arise or a sense of obligation possesses us? In the words of prayer, on our lips and hearts, God invites us into conversation with a persistent nudge. Do we bolt the door, asleep to a need for a Divine conversation, unwilling to give of ourselves, share the intimacies of our souls resulting in a feeling of being bothered? Or does our faith rest upon us with a mantle of legalism, an obligation of Yes Sir, No Sir instead of friendship rich with an embrace of openness and kindness? With friendship ask and receive, seek and find, knock and the door will open becomes a two-way exchange, as a lived conversation with God. We ask each other questions, God how shall I follow your path? And God ask us what are the deepest desires of our hearts. We receive from each other, Divine grace imparted and God receives our love. We seek each other, the eternal quest. Found is our ultimate peace, as God finds us willing to do His will. We knock at each other’s hearts, not a destructive blow, but a tap of inquiry to explore the bonds of friendship. So doors sealed shut open friendly without squeaky hinges to see, share and be light for communal hope.
Friends willingly engage in conversation. Friends give each other good gifts. Our ultimate friend is the Lord. Let us always remember His words of inspiration for our conversation with God imbued with praise, thanksgiving, contrition for our failings and resolve to live with a transparent heart towards forgiveness. With lives directed by Divine conversations, conversations we must have to infuse our families and society with understanding and compassion no longer leave us hiding and speechless but easily flow, for our lives are centered, strengthened and peaceful from the friendship of our Divine conversation.
Individual Reflection: Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 6-7, 7-8
July 25th is the Feast of St James. This week read the Letter of James and let the words nourish your conversations with God and humanity.
Family Reflection: Colossians 2:12-14
July 29th is the Memorial of St Martha. She welcomed Christ into her home. Who could your family welcome into your home this week for a meal and conversation?
Read the Our Father in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:1-4
In your journal, write how you live each of the petitions.
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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.
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
By Barb Born July 14, 2016 Memorial of St Kateri , St Kateri Pray for us. The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.