Romans 1:1-7; Luke 11:29-32
“The Lord has made known his salvation…” (Ps 98:1)
“Through him we have received the grace of apostleship, to bring about the obedience of faith, for the sake of his name, among all the Gentiles” (Rom 1:5)
The Psalm for today declares that the Lord has made known his salvation. How has the Lord made his salvation known to you? What people or experiences have helped you understand or appreciate salvation more deeply? Thank God for those who were graced in ways that enabled them to bring you to a new level of understanding, a new level of obedience, or a new level of reconciliation.
Pope Francis celebrated Mass at St Peter’s Basilica for the solemn opening of the Synod of Bishops, which will take place in three stages over the next two years.
By Christopher Wells
Pope Francis formally opened the Synod of Bishops on Sunday with a solemn Mass in St Peter’s Basilica.
Faithful from around the world – including laymen and -women, priests, seminarians, women and men religious, cardinals and bishops – took part in the liturgy, which marked the beginning of a two-year synodal process.
In his homily, Pope Francis took the day’s Gospel reading, recounting Jesus’ encounter with a rich young man, as the starting point for a reflection on synodality: “Celebrating a Synod,” he said, “means walking on the same road, together.”
Following the example of Jesus, he emphasized three verbs that characterize the Synod: encounter, listen, and discern.
Readings: Wisdom 7:7-11; Hebrews 4:12-13; Mark 10:17-30
Let us have a look at the dynamic of this conversation the rich man has with Jesus.
The first thing Mark makes sure to tell us is that this encounter interrupts Jesus ‘setting out on the way’ (v17). It is not a teaching moment, but the man is concerned enough to find the Lord, kneel before him and ask him the question that troubles him, even when Jesus has other things to do. So, it is highly unlikely to be a challenge to his authority or an attempt to trick him.
The Annual Meeting of the General Coordination Council
of the Union of Catholic Apostolate - UAC
22 - 24 September 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters
Greetings from the General Coordination Council of the UAC, united for the annual meeting, to all the communities, members and your families. Again, this year we had to meet and work via Zoom due to the pandemic.
The meeting was officially declared open by Donatella Acerbi, the President of the Union. In her report, among other things, she spoke about the meeting organized by the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life on 16 September 2021, in which she participated together with Fr. Roque Gonsalves SAC, the General Secretary of the Union. She shared the thoughts of Pope Francis which concern our Pallottine Family and which give impetus to our common reflection:
Jesus, as He usually does, expresses such a wonderful thought in a succinct fashion - Blessed are those who hear the word of God, and keep it. He focuses on blessings, on positives. No damnation and hellfire here, just why good things happen to good people. Is this hearing and keeping hard stuff to do?
What are the obstacles to the fuller coming of God's Kingdom into our world? Frequently they are summarized as "the world, the flesh and the devil." "The world" stands for external cultural attitudes militating against living for God and others, such as secularism, individualism, materialism. "The flesh" stands for internal personal dividedness inhibiting our free response to the Spirit, such as the capital sins of pride, envy, anger, sloth, avarice, gluttony, lust. And "the devil" is, well, the devil, Satan. A formidable triad!
The month of October each year is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary. This is primarily due to the fact that the liturgical feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated annually on October 7th. It was instituted to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary in gratitude for the protection that she gives the Church in answer to the praying of the Rosary by the faithful.
The reading from Luke makes me stop and consider the power of praying the Our Father. We are reminded to praise even the name “God” who is our father. The prayer tells me of my need to trust and to ask for what it is that God knows I need on a day-to-day basis. We are reminded to simply trust, that if we ask for what God knows we need daily and trust, God will provide for our needs every day.
The Good News today is that forgiveness, which seems impossible for us at times, is not impossible for God. In the Person of Jesus, God forgives each of us. Jesus' Passion reveals God's own love and forgiveness for both the Romans, who drove the spikes into his flesh, and for Peter, a friend who denied him in his hour of need. We are called to imitate that perfect forgiveness of God, the forgiveness that extends itself to enemies as well as friends, and to develop that habit right in the heart of home and family.
"Which of these three... was neighbor to the robbers' victim?"
The parable of the Good Samaritan offers two particularly important clarifications. Until that time, the concept of “neighbor” was understood as referring essentially to one's countrymen and to foreigners who had settled in the land of Israel; in other words, to the closely-knit community of a single country or people. This limit is now abolished. Anyone who needs me, and whom I can help, is my neighbor.
Gen 2:18-24; Heb 2:9-11; Mk 10:2-16
The Pharisees approached and asked, "Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?" They were testing him.He said to them in reply, "What did Moses command you?" They replied, "Moses permitted him to write a bill of divorce and dismiss her." But Jesus told them, "Because of the hardness of your hearts he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, 'God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother (and be joined to his wife), and the two shall become one flesh.' So they are no longer two but one flesh.Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate." In the house the disciples again questioned him about this. He said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery."
And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, "Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it." Then he embraced them and blessed them, placing his hands on them. Mk 10:2-16
The account of the sixth day of creation ends with the words ‘God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good’ (Genesis, 1:31). So it’s puzzling to hear early on in the creation account in Genesis 2 that there is something ‘not good’ about this created order. But this should not make us think that there is some kind of lack, problem, or defect to the creation. In the first instance this ‘not good’ speaks of Adam’s loneliness, what St John Paul II called man’s original solitude, which finds its answer in the creation of the woman Eve. It is only with the creation of Eve that man can at last sigh in recognition of the one with whom he shares flesh and bone.