October 11, 2014

Oct. 11

October 11, 2014:  Saturday, 27th week, Ordinary Time
Pope St. John XXIII

Listen

Synod corner
'Clothes' tie:  "You've
clothed yourselves with Christ."
(1st reading)

Session 7:  Re Eucharist for divorced and remarried, defend marriage indissolubility via pre-marriage catechesis and accompanying couples after, but don't neglect individual situations.  Give merciful pastoral care; Church is mystery of consolation.  No access to Eucharist ≠ not Church members.  Simplify annulment process. / Cohabitation is often due to economic|social factors, many in de-facto unions want Christian lives and so need pastoral care.  We can't recognize same-sex marriage but need respectful approach re homosexuals.

Re mixed marriages, look at chance for witness to harmony and interreligious dialogue.  Speak of family using “grammar of simplicity” reaching the heart. / Life and chastity are marriage values; abortion is crime.  Families experience crises like infanticide, violence, and trafficking; highlight virtue of justice. / Parents must educate children in faith.  Pastoral care of children can make contact with families in difficult situations.  Bring message of hope:  children are important; they bring life and joy and reinforce faith.

Session 8:  Life is fundamental; union, procreation, and sex are related.  Promoting abortion and same-sex union as human rights weakens other norms such as respect for women.  Marriage is being seen as social/legal not spiritual/sacramental.  Marriage prep should be detailed, for lifelong vocation, and done with conviction. / Reformed nullity process should be uniform.  Encourage more good lay judges, especially women.  Prepare priests well for pastoral care of family; use homilies to proclaim family Gospel.  People appreciate priests' holiness, creativity, and direct relationship with families. / Preserve migrants' families.  There needs to be a penitential path for the divorced and remarried.  Protect children of divorced couples from psychological effects.

Session 9:  Middle East conflicts affect families:  death, migration, removal from school, abandonment, disruption of unity; offer comfort and hope.  Listen to laypeople for solutions.  Foster academic/pastoral synergy to form workers to promote family/life themes with Catholic vision.  We need better Church/State dialogue; laity can promote protection of family/life rights.  Prepare priests re family themes including openness to life.  NFP well-explained can strengthen marital life.  The young need testimony, not theory.  Those who lose a family member suffer; Church must accompany/support them.  Condemn domestic violence.  Families need to communicate and pray.

Week 1 recap:  We've discussed supporting children from separated families, reaching out to the lonely, and accompanying couples searching for reconciliation and healing.  Experts' / auditors' experiences have been central.  Every couple will have a widow/er; we need to be more attentive to them.  Look fresh at NFP advantages.  (We now break into small groups...)

Read
    Wordle: Readings 10-11-14
  • Gal 3:22-29  Scripture confined all things under the power of sin, that believers might receive the promise through faith.  Before faith, we were held under law, but now we're no longer under that disciplinarian but are God's children in Christ.  You who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male and female; you're one in Christ, Abraham’s descendants, and heirs.
  • Ps 105:2-7  "The Lord remembers his covenant for ever."  Sing praise; recall and proclaim his wondrous deeds.  Seek to serve the Lord, you descendants of Abraham, chosen ones!  God's judgments prevail.
  • Lk 11:27-28  Woman / Jesus:  “Blessed the womb that carried you and the breasts you sucked.” / “Rather, blessed those who hear and observe God's word.”
Reflect
      Pope St. John XXIII
      Wit and wisdom
    • Creighton:  Jesus was not denying his mother's blessings but rather saying God's blessings are for all who hear and keep his word. [inclusive, in line with 1st reading]  St. John XXIII advocated prayer to Mary, in Grata Recordatio urging rosary prayer:  "In saying it we weave a mystic garland of Ave Marias, Pater Nosters, and Gloria Patris and meditate on the principal mysteries of our religion; the Incarnation and Redemption are proposed, one event after another, for our consideration."  This is the month of the rosary; may we so weave and pray for peace.
    • One Bread One Body:  You who are baptized ('immersed') into Christ live in Him, and he in you.  You're God's children, and heirs with Christ of God, if you suffer with him.  You're one with all the baptized and one in God as Jesus and the Father are one.  You're new creations, members of Christ's body, heirs of His kingdom, chosen, called, beloved, free, and holy.
    • Passionist:  Jesus shocked the woman while praising his mother and saying blessing isn't from bloodline.  We, the Body of Christ, are family.
    • DailyScripture.net:  Jesus also remarked that whoever does God's will is God's friend and family, blessed because they know God personally and find joy in hearing and obeying his word.  We were created for union with God.  Lucian of Antioch:  "a Christian's only relatives are the saints."  True kinship is not just a matter of flesh and blood; our adoption transforms our relationships and requires new loyalty to God and his kingdom.
    • Universalis:  St. Canice (Cainnech, Kenneth), apostle of Ireland.  Bl. William Howard, martyr.