Engaging Faith | Mon, Aug 22, 2016
Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time [c]
August 28, 2016
Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29
Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24a
Luke 14:1, 7-14
August 23: International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
August 26: Women’s Equality Day in the United States (Commemorating the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote)
August 28: Dream Day (Martin Luther King Jr. gave the 'I Have a Dream' speech in 1963)
August 29: International Day against Nuclear Tests
August 30: International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances
There has been a tragic rise in the number of migrants seeking to flee from the growing poverty caused by environmental degradation. They are not recognized by international conventions as refugees; they bear the loss of the lives they have left behind, without enjoying any legal protection whatsoever. Sadly, there is widespread indifference to such suffering, which is even now taking place throughout our world. Our lack of response to these tragedies involving our brothers and sisters points to the loss of that sense of responsibility for our fellow men and women upon which all civil society is founded.
-Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 25
In teaching us charity, the Gospel instructs us in the preferential respect due to the poor and the special situation they have in society: the more fortunate should renounce some of their rights so as to place their goods more generously at the service of others.
-Paul VI, Octogesima Adveniens, 23
Love for others, and in the first place love for the poor, in whom the Church sees Christ himself, is made concrete in the promotion of justice.
-John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, 58
Jesus has another strategy, and that strategy is a strategy of poverty and solidarity. It's a strategy of downward mobility. Not that everybody has to live in misery, by any means, but Ignatius argues that typically the enemy will try to undo us by getting us to have too many things and to think of ourselves too highly. The best strategy to avoid the pitfalls is one of humility and humble service and solidarity with the poor. I find that Ignatius is right.
-Dean Brackley, S.J.
The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change.
-Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 13
Thoughts for Your Consideration
Jesus observes the people of his day and tells a story about people seeking the highest place. Something similar sometimes goes on today. Maybe it is not always about the good places at a dinner. Maybe it is about having the nicest car or house or a second car or house. Maybe it is about being able to “keep up with your neighbors or colleagues.” Maybe it is about having our own way. Maybe it is about political power or about cultural status or about some kind of striving for more material things than one really needs. Maybe it is about the use of military or economic power by various nations. Maybe it is about getting our self worth by being better than someone else. Maybe it is about consuming more than others. Maybe it is about some form of “American exceptionalism.”
Jesus seems to be saying that we should consider “taking the lowest place.” Jesus’ message is a challenge to individual behavior. Jesus’ message is a challenge to institutions and organizations. Jesus message is a challenge to those with political power. Jesus message is a challenge to those who want to use military power. Jesus’ message is a challenge to the nations of the world and to the large transnational corporations of our day.
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