October 28, 2018: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Care for God’s Creation
“IF WE DON’T WORK TOGETHER AS A CHURCH TO ADDRESS THE ILLS IN OUR ENVIRONMENT WE WILL GENERATE A WHOLE NEW POVERTY.”
SR ALESSANDRA SMERILLI
STATEMENT AT YOUTH SYNOD BRIEFING
OCTOBER 19, 2018
READ REFLECT AND ACT ON LAUDATO SI, POLLUTION, WASTE AND THE THROW AWAY CULTURE PARAGRAPHS 20-22
First Reading: Jeremiah 31:7-9
Psalm: 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
Second Reading: Hebrews 5: 1-6
Gospel: Mark 10:46-52
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Faith in God the Father Almighty can be put to the test by the experience of evil and suffering. God can sometimes seem to be absent and incapable of stopping evil. But in the most mysterious way God the Father has revealed his almighty power in the voluntary humiliation and Resurrection of his Son, by which he conquered evil. Christ crucified is thus “the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” It is in Christ’s Resurrection and exaltation that the Father has shown forth “the immeasurable greatness of his power in us who believe”.(272)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the, Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
Where has exile taken us? The prodding away from the heavenly city, the promised land. Shear force of antagonists causing us to loosen our grasp of the Divine. A force exceeding will to persevere. The power of dominance over the marginalized all leaving the synergy of human efficacy and realm of worship. Where we went, how far we wandered calculated in decisive design. A plan smothering goodness but only for a micro second of eternity. For the Lord desires to bring back captives regimented in the doom of austere faith to fill their mouths with laughter and tongues with rejoicing. A proposition to all people in the diaspora, while they may be a remnant of their former self of what God’s dignity destined them to be. But tides change, the grasping on to cloaks of past paths shed in reaching out to be guided on the level road. Even those to the end of the earth, the blind, physically and spiritually, families and the unaccompanied children gathered as an immense throng where none stumble no more. An opportunity to come back rejoicing with sheaves of faith, knowledgeable of the Lord, abundantly filled. Modeled by the priest forever in the line of Melchizadek. Our begging in exile wallowing self-inflicted doom, languishing in failings of unworthy holiness defines self-pity. We must have courage to rise up and join the procession. A resolve desiring to see all Jesus is and offers. A faith that saves us and we can then only follow Jesus along the way.
Individual Reflection: Mark 10:46-52
Reflect on Romans 15:13 in the context of today’s Gospel reading and the journey of your faith life.
Family Reflection:Hebrews 5:1-6
As you celebrate All Saints and All Souls days, talk about your favorite saints and how they give you courage.
Prayer: Reflect, pray and act with the scriptures in lectio divina format of The Catholic Prayer Bible
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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.
Social Ministry Resources Engaging Parishes: Monthly and liturgical seasons resources for use with parish websites, bulletins and newsletters
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
By Barb Born October 24, 2018 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.