Engaging Faith | Fri, Oct 1, 2010
Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time [c]
October 10, 2010
2 Kings 5:14-17
2 Timothy 2:8-13
October 11: Columbus Day in the United States
October 11: Thanksgiving Day in Canada
October 15: World Rural Women’s Day [See http://www.rural-womens-day.org ]
October 16: World Food Day [See http://www.fao.org/getinvolved/worldfoodday/en/ .]
October 17: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Flagrant inequalities exist in the economic, cultural and political development of the nations: while some regions are heavily industrialized, others are still at the agricultural stage; while some countries enjoy prosperity, others are struggling against starvation; while some peoples have a high standard of culture, others are still engaged in eliminating illiteracy. From all sides there rises a yearning for more justice and a desire for a better guaranteed peace in mutual respect among individuals and peoples.
Pope Paul VI, Call To Action
In the Sunday Eucharist, the believing heart opens wide to embrace all aspects of the church. But... far from trying to create a narrow "gift" mentality, St Paul calls rather for a demanding culture of sharing, to be lived not only among the members of the community itself but in society as a whole."
~Pope John Paul II
Unfortunately, we still encounter in the world a closed-minded attitude and even one of rejection, due to unjustified fears and concern for one's own interests alone. These forms of discrimination are incompatible with belonging to Christ and to the Church. Indeed, the Christian community is called to spread in the world the leaven of brotherhood and sisterhood, that fellowship of differences which we can also experience at our meeting today.
JUBILEE OF MIGRANTS AND ITINERANT PEOPLE
HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS JOHN PAUL II, Friday, 2 June 2000
Rather than an elementary need, access to food is a fundamental right of people and peoples. It will therefore become a reality, hence a security, if adequate development is guaranteed in all the different regions. The drama of hunger in particular can only be overcome by "eliminating the structural causes that give rise to it and promoting the agricultural development of the poorer countries. This can be done by investing in rural infrastructures, irrigation systems, transport, organization of markets, and in the development and dissemination of appropriate agricultural technology that can make the best use of the human, natural and socio-economic resources that are more readily available at the local level" (Caritas in Veritate, n. 27).
Pope Benedict XVI, Message for World Food Day 2009
Thoughts for your consideration
God desires good things for all people. God’s desire for good is not limited to any one group of people. Naaman is a foreigner, but he is still healed. Jesus heals all ten people with leprosy including the Samaritan. God’s love is “inclusive.”
As followers of such a God, we too want to be “inclusive.” Such a perspective will effect how we relate to people from other parts of the world or other religious traditions or other racial and ethnic groups. Such a perspective will influence how we act on immigration issues or the welcoming of refugees or the struggle to give everyone access to quality health care. Such a way of thinking and seeing will influence how nations relate to each other or how they use the resources of our planet.
Genuine gratitude is a transforming experience that opens us up to others. It changes our whole way of looking at things and our way of behaving.
Naaman, the foreigner, is overwhelmed with gratitude and has a religious conversion after his healing. After his healing, the Samaritan runs back with enthusiasm to thank Jesus and to be part of the community of people around Jesus.
Genuine gratitude changes us. We see everything differently. It is an invitation to be open to all sorts of things – concern for the poor, concern for those who are different, desire for growth and change, commitment to community and the common good.
Gratitude is an invitation into fearlessness. It is an invitation into new life and joy – a new life and joy that can change our world and us and help us form real community.
Gratitude energizes us to live out the social teaching of our church.
Questions for Reflection in your Faith Sharing Group
When have you encountered someone in need who was different than yourself and asked you for help? How did you respond?
Share the story of an event, which resulted in the feeling of deep gratitude and excitement in your life. How did this change your relationships and way of living?
Actions - Links
World Rural Women’s Day (October 15)
“The idea of a World Rural Women's Day to be devoted each year to honor rural women began at a UN Conference for Women in Beijing in September 1995.”
World Food Day (October 16)
For information about World Food Day and various activities connected with it go to http://www.fao.org/getinvolved/worldfoodday/en/ or http://www.worldfooddayusa.org/ . You might want to sign the petition to end hunger at http://www.1billionhungry.org/
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17)
The theme this year is "From Poverty to Decent Work: bridging the gap." Get more information at:
Be One in a Million—Join Us to Confront Global Poverty
“The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) call on one million Catholics in the United States to confront global poverty. Advocate with us to end hunger, disease, conflict, and other issues that affect the lives of our brothers and sisters worldwide.” http://www.usccb.org/sdwp/globalpoverty/
Join Catholics Confront Global Poverty at http://actioncenter.crs.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ccgp_signup
“Forty-Four million people in the United States, one in seven residents, were living in poverty in 2009, an increase of 4 million from the year before, according to recently released statistics from the Census Bureau. In 2008, 13.2% of the American population lived in poverty. In 2009, it was 14.3% - the highest level since 1994.”
“The world is facing a hunger crisis unlike anything it has seen in more than 50 years. 925 million people are hungry. Every day, almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes. That's one child every five seconds. There were 1.4 billion people in extreme poverty in 2005. The World Bank estimates that the spike in global food prices in 2008, followed by the global economic recession in 2009 and 2010 has pushed between 100-150 million people into poverty.”
“We live in the world's wealthiest nation. Yet 13 percent of people living in the United States live in poverty. Nearly one in four children live in households that struggle to put food on the table. That's 16.7 million children.”
Prayers of Intercession
Response: The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
We pray for all those who are hungry today.
We pray for all those who lack access to medical care,
We pray for refugees and immigrants.
We pray for those enslaved by unjust economic situations.
We pray for nations that are trapped by debt.
We pray for women and their children.
We pray for those caught up in the various civil wars around our world.
We pray for those caught up in the fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan and for all the people of those countries.
We pray for people caught up in the fighting in various regions in Africa.
We pray for all those caught up in areas of fighting and violence.
Prayer: Psalm 146
A Psalm to Praise God, the One who Executes Justice
Praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD, O my soul!
I will praise the LORD as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God all my life long.
Do not put your trust in princes,
In mortals, in whom there is no help.
When their breath departs, they return to the earth;
On that very day their plans perish.
Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
Whose hope is in the LORD their God,
Who made heaven and earth,
The sea, and all that is in them;
W ho keeps faith forever;
Who executes justice for the oppressed;
Who gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets the prisoners free;
The LORD opens the eyes of the blind.
The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
The LORD loves the righteous.
The LORD watches over the strangers;
He upholds the orphan and the widow,
But the way of the wicked He brings to ruin.
The LORD will reign forever,
Your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the LORD!