Engaging Faith | Mon, Jun 27, 2016
Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time [c]
July 3, 2016
Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 or 10:1-9
July 1: Canada Day
July 2: International Day of Cooperatives
July 4: Independence Day in United States
July 7: Íd al-Fitr at end of Ramadan
The hungry nations of the world cry out to the peoples blessed with abundance. And the Church, cut to the quick by this cry, asks each and every person to hear their brother or sister’s plea and answer it lovingly.
-Paul VI, Populorum Progressio, 3
Consumerism and a “culture of waste” have led some of us to tolerate the waste of precious resources, including food, while others are literally wasting away from hunger. I ask all of you to reflect on this grave ethical problem in a spirit of solidarity grounded in our common responsibility for the earth and for all our brothers and sisters in the human family.
-Pope Francis, 5 June 2013
As Leo XIII so wisely taught in Rerum Novarum: "whoever has received from the divine bounty a large share of temporal blessings, whether they be external and corporeal, or gifts of the mind, has received them for the purpose of using them for the perfecting of his own nature, and, at the same time, that he may employ them, as the steward of God's Providence, for the benefit of others.’He that hath a talent,' says St. Gregory the Great, 'let him see that he hide it not; he that hath abundance, let him quicken himself to mercy and generosity; he that hath art and skill, let him do his best to share the use and the utility thereof with his neighbor.
-John XXIII, Mater and Magistra (Christianity and Social Progress), 119
God asks more from those to whom he gives more. They are not greater or better, they have greater responsibility. They must give more service.
-Archbishop Dom Helder Camara, The Desert is Fertile
Affluent nations such as our own have to acknowledge the impact of voracious consumerism….
-Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence, and the Common Good A Statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops
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
God is a “loving mother.” In the powerful maternal images of the Isaiah reading, we are reminded that there is an abundance of God’s love and gifts. As we journey through life, we are called to drop our worries and drop all the extra baggage we might want to carry. We are called to have a great confidence in the abundance of God’s gifts and our ability to share them. We don’t have to worry. We can live a simple life style. We don’t need always to accumulate more and more. We might not need all the stuff we have or the excesses of our consumer culture.
“Oh, that you may suck fully of the milk of her comfort, that you may nurse with delight at her abundant breasts! … I will spread prosperity over Jerusalem like a river, and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing torrent” (Isaiah 66:11-12).
We can make a mistake and read this scripture as a promise of material prosperity and wealth to the followers of Jesus. We can misread the scriptures as a kind of promise of wealth for those special people who believe. Such a “prosperity theology” is not part of real teachings of Jesus. Rather, we are called to let go of our striving for things and power and control. We can live simply. God calls us into community and solidarity and not the accumulation of things and material securities. Out of this perspective we can come to great peace and joy. We can respect the creation and live for the common good.
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