October 14, 2018: Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
In this context, some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting. To sustain a lifestyle which excludes others, or to sustain enthusiasm for that selfish ideal, a globalization of indifference has developed. Almost without being aware of it, we end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own. The culture of prosperity deadens us; we are thrilled if the market offers us something new to purchase. In the meantime all those lives stunted for lack of opportunity seem a mere spectacle; they fail to move us. (54)
No to the new idolatry of money
One cause of this situation is found in our relationship with money, since we calmly accept its dominion over ourselves and our societies. The current financial crisis can make us overlook the fact that it originated in a profound human crisis: the denial of the primacy of the human person! We have created new idols. The worship of the ancient golden calf (cf. Ex 32:1-35) has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose. The worldwide crisis affecting finance and the economy lays bare their imbalances and, above all, their lack of real concern for human beings; man is reduced to one of his needs alone: consumption. (55)
The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis
First Reading: Wisdom 7:7-11
Psalm: 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17
Second Reading: Hebrews 4:12-13
Gospel: Mark 10:17-30
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Jesus enjoins his disciples to prefer him to everything and everyone, and bids them “renounce all that [they have]” for his sake and that of the Gospel. Shortly before his passion he gave them the example of the poor widow of Jerusalem who, out of her poverty, gave all that she had to live on. The precept of detachment from riches is obligatory for entrance into the Kingdom of heaven. (2544) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
Do we let the word of God escape from the page of our Bible or the screen of our tablet? A word that could penetrate to the soul and spirit of individuals and between joints and marrow of society. For the word of God is living and effective when we let the word give us wisdom of heart, fills us with kindness, joy and gladness. When not stagnating on parchment or encapsulated in pixels, God’s word imparts wisdom sought forth in prudence, petitioned for in prayer. A non-quantifiable wealth that pales the value of material glitters. Wisdom enlightens to see the ultimate force of God’s word roots itself ultimately not only in refraining from violent, possessive, deceitful acts, but in what we give to others. A posture of detachment from what we feel we might be entitled to own or possess. A transition of thought brought forth by the word of God etched in the commandments, spoken in the Beatitudes to perceive God’s compassion infused in our lives thru affirmations of positive resolve and resounding acts. For stewards are not refraining from life, but reverberating God’s goodness. By seeking peace more effective and alive than any swords of proverbial violence, to live in right relationships, the eye of the needle does not look so narrow. Dwelling on constant utterance of “you shall not” strangles God’s mercy and grace and denies God’s love to close the eye of the needle from seeing the eternal reward. For God’s word to be alive, we must not be frozen into inaction with undue fear of judgement from technicalities of spiritual transgressions but we need to fixate on the anthesis. A perspective of living spiritual rubrics with openness to the broad scope of God’s word and not gravitating on slight imperfections inherent in all humanity. A place of hands not grasping on to or grabbing wealth and upholding the systemic structures of privilege fostering accumulation. Jesus out of love spoke to the man of his need for detachment from his possession. A desire for each of us to place our abiding trust in Him. Living as disciples, we acknowledge all things are possible for God and possessions do not possess us. A praxis of all good coming together, brought forth from when we let wisdom enliven the word of God in our lives.
Individual Reflection: Mark 10:17-30
October 18th is the feast day of St Luke the Evangelist. The Gospel reading for the day is Luke 10:1-9, a reflection on discipleship and not relying on possessions one might take on the journey. This week reflect on your discipleship for the Kingdom of God.
Family Reflection: Hebrews 4:12-13
Take the Climate Pilgrimage and dialogue with family, friends and parishioners how possessions impact climate challenges. http://climatepilgrimage.com
Prayer: Collect for the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time
May your grace, O Lord, we pray, at all times go before us and follow after and make us always determined to carry out good works. 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.
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