February 15, 2015: Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
“We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic and ideological differences. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they may be…” Themes from Catholic Social Teaching, USCCB
First Reading: Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46
Psalm: 32:1-2, 5, 11
Second Reading: 1st Corinthians 10:31-11:1
Gospel: Mark 1:40-45
Catechism of the Catholic Church
All men are called to the same end: God himself. There is a certain resemblance between the union of the divine persons and the fraternity that men are to establish among themselves in truth and love.1Love of neighbor is inseparable from love for God. (1878)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
Faith calls us to self-less love. Not a perspective where we submit to exploitation, but a prerogative of living life to seek the common good instead of prioritizing our own desires. Paul extolled believers to be models of faith, imitators of Christ, towards seeking the benefit of many. Not a practice to just act holy at church, but whatever we are doing should be for the glory of God. A faith beyond personal salvation to recognize the collective journey of humanity. For in embracing self-less love, we view Christ’s gift only completely proclaimed when salvation is offered for the many, not a few woven into isolation by mores of scrupulosity.
To live with self-less love is a process of acknowledging our spiritual leprosy. The emotional sores and disfiguration from hate, anger, arrogance, jealousy, power, fear or a multitude of sins inflicted or received. Only in letting Jesus impart healing, a cleansing of guilt for our actions or not articulating concern about injustice against ourselves or others, can we transition beyond a life of empty self-absorption and introspection to rejoice in the bounty of living as imitators of Christ.
The Greek translation of Jesus’ instruction to the leaper included “that will be proof against them.” Are we bold enough, courageous enough to live as if the common good mattered in our actions towards all people in society, towards all people in our Church? What physical, emotional or spiritual leprosy are we afraid to touch in constructive dialogue? Who do we leave out, to maintain their abode outside the walls of our self-constructed empire or even our Church? What keeps us from believing that the Messiah can heal wounds of division? If we truly believe and live with the joy of salvation and acknowledge our sins, we open ourselves to live the journey of self-less love.
Individual Reflection: Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11
As Lent approaches, reflect on the words from the Psalm. How may these words refresh you to enjoy Lent, the rhythm of the Church’s liturgical year flowing into the rhythm of our lives?
Family Reflection 1st Corinthians 10:31-11:1
Each week during Lent cook a CRS Rice Bowl meal. Invite some family or friends over to share the food and show them the Rice Bowl Lenten resources.
Collect from the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
O God, who teach us that you abide in hearts that are just and true, grant that we may be so fashioned by your grace as to become a dwelling pleasing to you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
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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.
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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, January 28, 2015 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.