August 18, 2019: Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Rights and Responsibilities
Men and women of science and culture are called to make their particular contribution to solving the vast and complex problems connected with work, which in some areas take on dramatic proportions. This contribution is very important for coming up with the proper solutions. This is a responsibility that requires that they identify the occasions and risks present in the changes taking place, and above all that they suggest lines of action for guiding change in a way that will be most beneficial to the development of the entire human family. To these men and women falls the important task of reading and interpreting the social phenomena with wisdom and with love of truth, leaving behind concerns imposed by special or personal interests. Their contribution, precisely because it is of a theoretical nature, becomes an essential point of reference for the concrete action prescribed by economic policies. (320) Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
First Reading: Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10
Psalm: 40:2, 3, 4,18
Second Reading: Hebrews 12:1-4
Gospel: Luke 12:49-53
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Fortitude is the moral virtue that ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good. It strengthens the resolve to resist temptations and to overcome obstacles in the moral life. The virtue of fortitude enables one to conquer fear, even fear of death, and to face trials and persecutions. It disposes one even to renounce and sacrifice his life in defense of a just cause. “The Lord is my strength and my song.” “In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (1808) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No reference this week
Truth illuminating injustice sets the world on fire. The initial response may demoralize those experiencing the fire of purification. The call to change attitudes, behaviors and relationships. The rebirth for the common good, where all are respected, valued and affirmed. People may think they have the power to quench the truth, maintain the status quo of elitism dominating the narrative, but power can only insulate itself from truth for so long. For the intensity of truth exposes injustice that people will accept and affirm no more. When power mimics truth, questions arise, percolating to the surface. Who is excluded? Who is exploited? Who is fiscally abuses? What are the long-term detrimental consequences to humanity and creation? Concern draws us up from the depths of wallowing in truths only affirming the paradigm for some and not all. The need to climb from darkness into light pulling ourselves up one hand at a time draws us continually closer to the truth. The gaze into once dark shadows to brilliantly see connectivity of issues beyond the simplicity of a single ray of light to see the full spectrum radiating into our face. We can only embrace the truth or run and hide if absorbing the full spectrum is too challenging. A process that may separate people along ideological divides. But we have a great cloud of witnesses, the prophets, named and unnamed who would not separate themselves from truth. They were there at critical times of chaos, giant leaps in technology, freeing of the oppressed, standing up to oppressive regimes of political, social, philosophical and religious paradigms. They risked credibility, substance and at times their lives. Jesus, the leader and prefecture of faith is the ultimate witness to truth in spiritual dimensions and social reality. By repositioning the message of the cross from shame to salvation, He exposed the truth of God’s love for humanity. A constant reminder each time we gaze at the crucifix that we should not grow weary or lose heart as we strive to illuminate truth and set the world on fire for justice..
Individual Reflection:Hebrews 12:1-4
Read the book Cloud of Witnesses, Jim Wallis and Joyce Hollyday. Who do you find inspirational and relevant to illuminating truth in today’s world?
Family Reflection: Luke 12:49-53
What truth needs to be illuminated today? How can your family illuminate that truth?
Prayer: Reflect on the primacy of love forming truth in the breadths of justice
Discovering that they are loved by God, people come to understand their own transcendent dignity, they learn not to be satisfied with only themselves but to encounter their neighbour in a network of relationships that are ever more authentically human. Men and women who are made “new” by the love of God are able to change the rules and the quality of relationships, transforming even social structures. They are people capable of bringing peace where there is conflict, of building and nurturing fraternal relationships where there is hatred, of seeking justice where there prevails the exploitation of man by man. Only love is capable of radically transforming the relationships that men maintain among themselves. This is the perspective that allows every person of good will to perceive the broad horizons of justice and human development in truth and goodness. (4) Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
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List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
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