July 19, 2020: Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
Songs for peace and solidarity within the Church’s social teachings
First Reading: Wisdom 12: 13, 16-19
Psalm: 86: 5-6, 9-10, 15-16
Second Reading: Romans 8:26-27
Catechism of the Catholic Church
The truth that God is at work in all the actions of his creatures is inseparable from faith in God the Creator. God is the first cause who operates in and through secondary causes: “For God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” Far from diminishing the creature’s dignity, this truth enhances it. Drawn from nothingness by God’s power, wisdom and goodness, it can do nothing if it is cut off from its origin, for “without a Creator the creature vanishes.” Still less can a creature attain its ultimate end without the help of God’s grace. (308) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time, Cycle A
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:
With the unceasing amazement of those who have experienced the inexpressible love of God (cf. Rom 8:26), the New Testament grasps, in the light of the full revelation of Trinitarian love offered by the Passover of Jesus Christ, the ultimate meaning of the Incarnation of the Son and his mission among men and women. Saint Paul writes: “If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, will he not also give us all things with him?” (Rom 8:31-32). Similar language is used also by Saint John: “In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins” (1 Jn 4:10). (30)
The parables continue for us to ponder, proceed and not procrastinate. Delving into life with the strength of faith leaves us not afraid of the forces of the world. To fear heresies, cultural trends’ influence on the world says we discount the power of faith to grow in people’s lives and bear fruit. Instead of wasting time argumentatively debating, with pointed fingers to heighten tension, we must observe and dialogue. To dismiss the mentality of slaves, a feeling one must enforce a paradigm to eradicate a stereotype of evil instead of seeing the essence of the Divine in all humanity to live and act in love. We must know God does not instruct us to act like slaves dutifully uprooting weeds of deception, for He roots himself in lenience and clemency and desires we are not emissaries for violence in word or action in HIs name. For our focus must be on radiating light resonating from our souls. To disrupt the roots of weeds creates velocity to dislodge the roots of wheat. Wheat disturbed by the modalities, venomous speech of zealot wheat, living with triumphant superiority, can become disenfranchised from faith from viewing such splintering tactics that they whither instead of continuing to grow.
Transitioning from a macro to micro perspective, Jesus conveys in the parable we all have aspects of wheat and weeds in our lives. The Divine does not discard us by only looking at our weed disposition and uproots us from His garden, for He allows us to matriculate. As we faithfully mature, the discarding and burning of weeds in our lives provides fuel, the energy, the warmth, the brilliance of a flame to help us to see where we have been and the gift of where we are now. That faith the size of a mustard seed can grow into a fruitful bush to have a broad perspective of care, love and support for those near by and the world around us. The place where we act as leaven in the world. Not to do everything, but share, inspire, encourage others to discard the weeds in their lives and help reduce weeds in the world, so more social and spiritual land is arable ,for wheat to grow. Not by despising weeds, but growing wheat with the help of the Spirit who comes to the aid of our weakness and intercedes on our behalf with and invitation for us to be just, for then we are kind planted and rooted on good ground for hope.
Individual Reflection:Wisdom 12:13, 16-19
Remember the 75th Anniversary of the nuclear bomb dropping by working for elimination of nuclear armaments.
Family Reflection: Matthew 13:24-43
Collect seeds from fruits and vegetables you eat this week. At the end of the week, put all the seeds together and look at their diversity in God’s bounty. Select some seeds to plant.
Prayer: Reflect on John August Swanson’s Madonna of the Harvest. All aspects of growing, harvesting and enjoying from the bounty of the earth and the rhythm of our spiritual lives.
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