October 8, 2017: Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
Among the numerous implications of the common good, immediate significance is taken on by the principle of the universal destination of goods: “God destined the earth and all it contains for all men and all peoples so that all created things would be shared fairly by all mankind under the guidance of justice tempered by charity”. This principle is based on the fact that “the original source of all that is good is the very act of God, who created both the earth and man, and who gave the earth to man so that he might have dominion over it by his work and enjoy its fruits (Gen 1:28-29). God gave the earth to the whole human race for the sustenance of all its members, without excluding or favouring anyone.
This is the foundation of the universal destination of the earth’s goods. The earth, by reason of its fruitfulness and its capacity to satisfy human needs, is God’s first gift for the sustenance of human life”. The human person cannot do without the material goods that correspond to his primary needs and constitute the basic conditions for his existence; these goods are absolutely indispensable if he is to feed himself, grow, communicate, associate with others, and attain the highest purposes to which he is called. (171) Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
First Reading: Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm: 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20
Second Reading: Philippians 4:6-9
Gospel: Matthew 21:33-43
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“At all times and in every race, anyone who fears God and does what is right has been acceptable to him. He has, however, willed to make men holy and save them, not as individuals without any bond or link between them, but rather to make them into a people who might acknowledge him and serve him in holiness. He therefore chose the Israelite race to be his own people and established a covenant with it. He gradually instructed this people. . . . All these things, however, happened as a preparation for and figure of that new and perfect covenant which was to be ratified in Christ . . . the New Covenant in his blood; he called together a race made up of Jews and Gentiles which would be one, not according to the flesh, but in the Spirit.”201 (781)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the, Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
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God amply endows us with a beautiful vineyard on fertile ground, planted with choicest vines, but how come the results can be wild grapes? Among the bounty, why do we choose to live as sour grapes? Never satisfied, always seeing an imperfection, looking at a few weeds instead of focusing on the choicest vines. Having the audacity to talk about the weeds, but never acting to address the type of weed. Maybe in our skewed perception, what we classify as a weed in reality acts as a complementary plant to the vines. In reality, the vineyard suffers as we lose sight of the larger picture with the distraction of a few weeds and maybe God put the weeds there to challenge our ability to love as He loves. With too many sour grapes, the vineyard is overrun with thorns and briers snagging people faithfully trying to navigate and nurture the vineyard to bear fruit. While the Scriptural analogy pertains to the House of Israel and people of Judah, prophets beaten, killed and stoned and Jesus as heir and cornerstone extracted from the vineyard, we too enter the storyline. For in perpetuity, we are the new tenants, if we occupy the vineyard with the intent of producing grapes for choice wine that refresh and accompany celebration, instead of sour grapes. When we reside in the vineyard with faith, God is not a task master lashing us to produce an inordinate bounty of fruit. He asks that we give him produce at proper times, realizing to produce quality fruit takes time, nurturing, not growing into a harvestable commodity overnight. But with lack of this spiritual insight, we rush, fidget with expectations beyond our capabilities and intellect, outside of God’s design to produce anxiety choking the growth of produce. Prayer and thanksgiving must govern our efforts for the peace of God to guard our hearts and minds from being sour grapes. Tending the vineyard of the Lord as faith-filled tenants we must seek to uncover truths while hoeing the furrows, seek honorable co-workers, look for the lovely flowers on the vine that will transform into choice fruit, distribute the fruit with justice according to need not status and affluence and praise God always, even in the challenges, for his trust in making us workers in his vineyard. A paradigm to fill our lives with peace.
Individual Reflection: Isaiah 5:1-7
November 19th will be the first World Day of the Poor. How can you encourage and help your parish community meaningfully live this day and integrate the message into the mission of the parish and parishioners’ lives?
Family Reflection: Matthew 21:33-43
Find a CCHD (Catholic Campaign for Human Development) organization in your community and discern ways your family can become involved in their mission to produce good fruit in God’s vineyard.
Prayer: Collect Twenty-seventh week in Ordinary Time
Almighty ever-living God who in the abundance of your kindness surpass the merits and the desires of those who entreat you, pour out your mercy upon us to pardon what conscience dreads and to give what prayer does not dare to ask, 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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