November 3, 2013: Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
“We are one human family, whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic and ideological differences…” Themes from Catholic Social Teaching, USCCB
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.’… 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)
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
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Like Zacchaeus, Jesus today says He must stay at our house. He asks us to climb down the tree quickly, for Jesus wants to mingle in our midst and not absorb our gaze from afar. The Son of Man comes to seek us, beyond a superficial brush, to save what was lost from not experiencing God’s imperishable Spirit in all creation. The Lord overlooks our sins, freeing us from the trappings of previous failings, so we may move beyond hinges of the past to repent into God’s love. For God loves what He fashioned and loathes nothing He has made.
Will we receive Jesus with joy or grumbling? Can we see in relinquishing possessions, we experience salvation from being consumed by items of finite value? True salvation beckons from a conversion of our heart, not from material goods that extracts one from the struggles of humanity. For Jesus comes to our house to compassionately remind us of sins we are committing. By abandoning them, our lives blossom into belief. Faith is not a burden, for we experience the Lord that is gracious, merciful, slow to anger and abounding with great kindness. He lifts up all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down.
Jesus asks to stay at our house, so we are sensitized to life rooted in God’s love. Who does Jesus bring with Him? Would you only welcome Jesus and ignore his companions? How does faith craft a perception of your house – a brick and mortar building or all creation? Faith calls us to broaden our horizons, widen the range of our acuity. For when Jesus comes to our house self-interest ceases, we see those demonized by social slurs, the mentally ill, homeless, undereducated, hungry and unemployed,with eyes of faith. The invited guest, Jesus, helps us dismantle the house we built of our own desires, so we appreciate the grandeur, vitality and diversity of God’s house that welcomes and serves all.
Individual Reflection: 2nd Thessalonians 1:11-2:2
Reflect on verses 1:11-12 and this week pray for seven people. Call or write them a note to let them know you are praying for them.
Family Reflection: Luke 19:1-10
Read about Tree People. How might your family get involved to enhance environmental quality in your community?
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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.
Catholic Social Teaching offers seven principles for upholding life in our thoughts, decisions and actions.
How we do Catholic Social Teaching.
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 October 15, 2013 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concerns.