December 30, 2018: The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Catholic Social Teaching: Rights and Responsibilities
What are five questions you will ask in 2019 to dispel injustice in our Church?
First Reading: 1st Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28
Psalm: 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-10
Second Reading: 1st John 3:1-2, 21-24
Gospel: Luke 2:41-52
Catechism of the Catholic Church
The finding of Jesus in the temple is the only event that breaks the silence of the Gospels about the hidden years of Jesus.226 Here Jesus lets us catch a glimpse of the mystery of his total consecration to a mission that flows from his divine sonship: “Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s work?” Mary and Joseph did not understand these words, but they accepted them in faith. Mary “kept all these things in her heart” during the years Jesus remained hidden in the silence of an ordinary life. (534)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:
In his preaching, Jesus teaches that we should appreciate work. He himself, having “become like us in all things, devoted most of the years of his life on earth to manual work at the carpenter’s bench” in the workshop of Joseph (cf. Mt 13:55; Mk 6:3), to whom he was obedient (cf. Lk 2:51). Jesus condemns the behaviour of the useless servant, who hides his talent in the ground (cf. Mt 25:14-30) and praises the faithful and prudent servant whom the Master finds hard at work at the duties entrusted to him (cf. Mt 24:46). He describes his own mission as that of working: “My Father is working still, and I am working” (Jn 5:17), and his disciples as workers in the harvest of the Lord, which is the evangelization of humanity (cf. Mt 9:37-38). For these workers, the general principle according to which “the labourer deserves his wages” (Lk 10:7) applies. They are therefore authorized to remain in the houses in which they have been welcomed, eating and drinking what is offered to them (cf. Lk 10:7). (259)
Do we have courage to get out of the caravan, where the same faces populate the entourage? A place where we are embedded in the status quo, a sameness repelling inquiry. An opportunity for us to grow in knowledge manifesting change to break bonds of injustice contrary to keeping the commandments. If we call ourselves children of God, this should be a natural response, without trepidation. For our hearts do not condemn us when we act out of love for one another to remain in Him and He in us from the Spirit He gave us. Remaining silent is not an option, but effect change through asking questions, the power of “why” to open eyes and change hearts. Questions posed to teachers in the temples of our days, the places of power, to let them know we are passionate and prayerful about the status of our Church and will not be muted by those clinging to structural injustices. A pilgrimage thru life with our hearts set on the Lord and happy for the strength from Him. We must defer the steps of the journey not to the digital numbers on our watch or the days on the calendar, but always to God’s time. A time that may seem irrational on human terms, ill conceived, but perfect in Divine design. We must just keep faithful moment by moment, day by day, year by year and not ask belligerently, “Why have you done this to us?” in our frailty of spiritual anxiety. And what might seem like ordinary times of our lives, let it be methodical preparation for the mission the Lord ask us to fulfill at a time and place we never envisioned to astonish our spiritual senses.
Individual Reflection: Luke 2:41-52
January 1st is the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. As you reflect on how Mary said yes to God, how will you say yes to God in 2019?
Family Reflection: 1st John 3:1-2, 21-24
January 3rd is the memorial of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. As a family discuss what the name of Jesus means for each family member.
Prayer: Gospel Acclamation for The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph: Colossians 3:15a, 16a
Let the peace of Christ control your hearts, let the word of Christ dwell in you richly
Prayerfully reflect how can these words guide your faith in 2019, to keep the commandments in love, ask questions and live in God’s time zone, as a child of God.
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