August 14, 2011: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
First Reading: Isaiah 56:1, 6-7
Second Reading: Romans 11:13-15, 29-32
Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: no references
Jesus shed the taboo of His culture to not only speak to a woman, but a woman from another heritage. His initial response doused potential hostility. In listening to the core of her commitment, Jesus dispelled prejudicial notions to send her away. His affirmation to dialogue allowed the woman access to morsels of mercy for her great faith. From this encounter, we observe what is right and the Lord’s justice compassionately revealed. All who join themselves to the Lord, with prayer and sacrificial offering of time, talent and treasure, to become His servants will be acceptable on His altar. But do our parishes portray this example of Jesus or do subtle forms of prejudice appear as exclusion or crevasses of ignoring silence? Do we deny God irrevocable call and gifts for our parishes to be called a house of prayer for all peoples? And all means people that speak a different language, were born in another country, have a different skin color, are in a different stage of life, have a different education level, live with a different sexual orientation, work at a job unlike ours and represent all levels of economic means. When God say all, He means ALL. God delivered all to disobedience that He might have mercy on all of us. He let His face shine upon us and His way be known upon earth. We partake in the mercy with joyful praise. When we welcome all as God welcomes all, we will be healed of prejudice from that hour forward.
Individual Reflection: Isaiah 56: 1, 6-7
See if your town has an interfaith council and attend a meeting. Be attentive to appreciate the goodness in all people.
Family Reflection: Psalm: 67
Does your town have an interfaith Thanksgiving or care for creation prayer service? If there is attend. If not, network with people of different faith traditions to establish these as annual events.
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