November 3, 2019: Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
Read Pope Francis’ World Day of the Poor message for November 17th, 2019
First Reading: Wisdom 11:22-12:2
Psalm: 145: 1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14
Second Reading: 2nd Thessalonians 1:11-2:2
Gospel: Luke 19:1-10
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Jesus calls to conversion. This call is an essential part of the proclamation of the kingdom: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel.” In the Church’s preaching this call is addressed first to those who do not yet know Christ and his Gospel. Also, Baptism is the principal place for the first and fundamental conversion. It is by faith in the Gospel and by Baptism that one renounces evil and gains salvation, that is, the forgiveness of all sins and the gift of new life. (1427)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No reference this week
Conversion exists in a paradox of trust. Jesus trusts us with faith, even though we are not perfect in our human nature. Little by little we abandon our transgressions and believe more deeply, more resolutely in our King and our God. The Divine trust radiates from His love in all created things, imbedded with His imperishable Spirit. A look with a deep gaze beyond transgressions to the goodness of humanity. Will we look beyond people’s imperfections to focus on their God infused goodness and stop chipping away at their dignity? Jesus did that with Zacchaeus to put aside the stigma of a tax collector. Short in stature, not just physically, but literally. Jesus trusted Him to call out his name not in callous disdain, but in seeking a trusting relationship. The conversion of coming together at table and residing in his home. A joyful encounter and deep conversion beyond perched in a tree. A reminder that conversion leads beyond a change of heart and mind to manifest in action. A shedding of personal possessions to give to those in need. Making restitution for past injustices. Zacchaeus trusted Jesus to seek conversion a a profoundly deep level. Jesus blessed Zacchaeus with salvation. An affirmation of salvation is for all humanity rooted in ancestral lineage of Abraham, inferring for all people. For Jesus seeks the lost, making himself present, never discounting an opportunity and trusting in their receptivity for salvation. Will we be instruments befriending conversion in the world, in thanksgiving for the trust Jesus places in us through faith? We must not let stone throwing, labeling keep us from affirming our conversion and trusting relationship with Jesus that leads to affirmation by our actions. For to discount others, shy them away from sacramental grace only further distances them from God and the curiosity to join the procession, climb the proverbial tree for a better view and slam the door of the Church in their face, when Jesus wants it wide open. The understanding that faith is not to be stored securely within, but trusting in our conversion to let faith be forth in the world, not hidden, void of interaction with all created things.
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November 17th is World Day of the Poor. What resource can you share with your parish to raise awareness of global poverty? What action will you take to stand in solidarity?
Millions of our brothers and sisters are on the move around the world, Not by choice, but by desperation.
We encounter their stories in the news
And their faces in members of our own communities.
We pray that we may lead the way to bring about God’s vision of peace and justice to all,
And hope and love to those on the move near and far.
For those forced to flee violence, We pray they find safety.
For those seeking economic opportunity, We pray they find secure livelihoods.
For those trying to support and protect their families, We pray they find communities to embrace them.
For those searching for peace and hope, We pray that we may be bearers of
The Good News.
We are called to be prophetic advocates in this world.
To call out injustice and be heralds of Truth and Love.
We pray that all migrants, refugees and displaced persons
May find safe and loving communities
And the opportunity to thrive.
And we pray that we may have the courage to stand and act
In defense of human dignity for all our brothers and sisters in need.
Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us.
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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.
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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 October 31, 2019 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.