October 13, 2019: Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Call to Family, Community and Participation
Faith and reason represent the two cognitive paths of the Church’s social doctrine: Revelation and human nature. The “knowing” of faith understands and directs the life of men and women according to the light of the historical-salvific mystery, God’s revelation and gift of himself to us in Christ. This understanding of faith includes reason, by means of which — insofar as possible — it unravels and comprehends revealed truth and integrates it with the truth of human nature, found in the divine plan expressed in creation. This is the integral truth of the human person as a spiritual and corporeal being, in relationship with God, with other human beings and with other creatures.
Being centered on the mystery of Christ, moreover, does not weaken or exclude the role of reason and hence does not deprive the Church’s social doctrine of rationality or, therefore, of universal applicability. Since the mystery of Christ illuminates the mystery of man, it gives fullness of meaning to human dignity and to the ethical requirements which defend it. The Church’s social doctrine is knowledge enlightened by faith, which, as such, is the expression of a greater capacity for knowledge. It explains to all people the truths that it affirms and the duties that it demands; it can be accepted and shared by all. (75) Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
First Reading: 2nd Kings 5:14-17
Psalm: 98, 1, 2-3, 3-4
Second Reading: 2nd Timothy 2:8-13
Gospel: Luke 17:11-19
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Thanksgiving characterizes the prayer of the Church which, in celebrating the Eucharist, reveals and becomes more fully what she is. Indeed, in the work of salvation, Christ sets creation free from sin and death to consecrate it anew and make it return to the Father, for his glory. The thanksgiving of the members of the Body participates in that of their Head. (2637) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No reference this week
How do we offer thanksgiving for our salvation? A place beyond belief to the transformation of one’s soul. For belief, as only a cerebral manifestation remains nothing more than knowledge. The ability to articulate notions of faith, but lacking substance of actions, so words are hollow utterances. Baptism cannot leave us unchained from God. Going into the waters of the Triune God, three dunks, pours to emerge anew, a cleansing of our spiritual hard drive to live as children of God. What gift do we give in return? Beyond ceremony to the grace of the sacrament, the realization we can no longer our lives to any other god, money, fame, fortune, greed, lust, but only to the Lord. A salvation expressed in His justice, kindness and faithfulness. Not a salvation acclaimed on just His Holy Mountain, but all the ends of the earth, all people transformed break into songs of praise. A place where people are not chained in bondage to a pew, but sent forth to live the transformation with the hope of eternal glory. For in baptism we died with the Lord to live with Him. If we preserver, we reign with Him. On the contrary, to deny the cross, deny our rebirth inherent in baptism, to deny salvation, he denies us because we are no where to be found, so He can immerse us in His love. Not because the Lord is unfaithful, but because we never showed up or ran away, never looking in the rear view mirror to see He is chasing us with a Divine yearning. For the Lord cannot deny the essence of Himself, the One who seeks union with humanity. He wants us refreshed, reborn, renewed. It is His will in all circumstances we relish, revelry in His Divine affirmation by giving thanks. A thanks beyond thank you to the forayes of thanksgiving expressing in the lives we lead, in our Amen at the Eucharist table. We know He has pity on us in our escape into frailties, but He desire we not linger there. Jesus can spiritually talk to us in Word and Sacrament, but the grace of transformation actualizes when we let the transformation take hold of who we are, how we act to not stand behind a facade of holy innuendos, but crack open grace letting the drops of baptismal water cascade into a tsunami of Divine love. A force flowing to transform ourselves and the world, moving in unknowing directions beyond waters lapping on the shore, venturing into the deep. A faith where we can swim in God’s mercy and always return to our Source to give thanks, as we hear His call to go forth in the transformative expression of faith. God is always, He is eternally transcendent, expressed in the creed, lived in love. We only partake in that thru faith. To enter that place we can never grasp by ourselves or understand in mere human contemplation. A place we enter by grace and acclaim in thanksgiving.
Individual Reflection: Luke 17:11-19
The Samaritan was the only one to go back and thank Jesus. Today, where do we see people of other faith traditions or people professing no faith living Christian values.? How can we collaborate to transform the world?
Family Reflection: 2nd Kings 5:14-17
Discuss the significance of baptism on faith.
Prayer: October 18th is the feast of St Luke, the Evangelist
During this liturgical year, the Gospel readings have focused on Luke. Prayerfully reflect on one of the readings that has transformed you, moved you to action.
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Creation sustainability ministry resources in the spirit of the St Francis Pledge.
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List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
By Barb Born October 8, 2019 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.