October 22, 2017: Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Call to Family, Community and Participation
Working for peace can never be separated from announcing the Gospel, which is in fact the “good news of peace” (Acts 10:36; cf. Eph 6:15) addressed to all men and women. At the centre of “the gospel of peace” (Eph 6:15) remains the mystery of the cross, because peace is born of Christ’s sacrifice (cf. Is 53:5) — “Upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we were healed”. The crucified Jesus has overcome divisions, re-establishing peace and reconciliation, precisely through the cross, “thereby bringing the hostility to an end” (Eph 2:16) and bringing the salvation of the Resurrection to mankind. (493) Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
First Reading: Isaiah 45:1, 4-6
Psalm: 96:1,3,4-5, 7-8, 9-10
Second Reading: 1st Thessalonians 1:1-5b
Gospel: Matthew 5:15-21
Catechism of the Catholic Church
It is the duty of citizens to contribute along with the civil authorities to the good of society in a spirit of truth, justice, solidarity, and freedom. The love and service of one’s country follow from the duty of gratitude and belong to the order of charity. Submission to legitimate authorities and service of the common good require citizens to fulfill their roles in the life of the political community. (2239)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:
Jesus refuses the oppressive and despotic power wielded by the rulers of the nations (cf. Mk 10:42) and rejects their pretension in having themselves called benefactors (cf. Lk 22:25), but he does not directly oppose the authorities of his time. In his pronouncement on the paying of taxes to Caesar (cf. Mk 12:13-17; Mt 22:15-22; Lk 20:20-26), he affirms that we must give to God what is God’s, implicitly condemning every attempt at making temporal power divine or absolute: God alone can demand everything from man. At the same time, temporal power has the right to its due: Jesus does not consider it unjust to pay taxes to Caesar.
Jesus, the promised Messiah, fought against and overcame the temptation of a political messianism, characterized by the subjection of the nations (cf. Mt 4:8-11; Lk 4:5-8). He is the Son of Man who came “to serve, and to give his life” (Mk 10:45; cf. Mt 20:24-28: Lk 22:24-27). As his disciples are discussing with one another who is the greatest, Jesus teaches them that they must make themselves least and the servants of all (cf. Mk 9:33- 35), showing to the sons of Zebedee, James and John, who wish to sit at His right hand, the path of the cross (cf. Mk 10:35-40; Mt 20:20-23). (379)
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The truth of the Gospel does not come to us by Word alone, for in isolation the Word is hollow phrases, muted in meaning, exemplary thoughts robed in hypocrisy. Moving the Gospel beyond words on a page entails enfleshing them in the world. Moving the Word beyond proclamation in a church and taking it into the streets. Not with vengeance or authoritarian zeal, but the breath of meekness accompanying the seasons of life manifesting the joy of the Gospel. Then the power of the Word laden with the Holy Spirit’s movement lets the obvious and unfathomable realms of society, pockets of perseverance giving voice to the Word, audibly silent with resounding punctuation of truth of Gospel precepts awaken, inspire and direct movement towards the kingdom of God. The Word amplified with a megaphone of conviction. For the Word sings a new song in every land with equity among all people, not a chosen few. People can be disciples of many persuasions to challenge the constancy of truth with questions of entanglement attempting to snare by mockery of opinion instead of altars of justice. For what do we owe images of oppression? Nothing but the Word of life to expose ruses, the light to vanish the litany of darkness. The Lord gives credence, calling by name to the Word of the Lord for no other god renders such might from the rising to the setting of the sun. An unbroken chain of continuous absolute encircling creation, embedded in hearts and eternally new.
Individual Reflection: Matthew 22:15-21
When handed a Roman coin Jesus replied, “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” How was this a statement of non-violence towards unjust authorities?
Family Reflection: Psalms 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10
The refrain is “Give the Lord glory and honor.” Discuss how the family collectively lives these words.
Prayer: Gospel Acclamation Philippians 2:15d, 16a
Let these words be your prayer this week: Shine like lights in the world, as you hold on to the word of life.
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