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SUNDAY READINGS AND VIDEO REFLECTION
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Cycle B
October 24, 2021
Our Lord Jesus healed the blind Bartimaeus. After receiving his sight, he followed Him on the way. We are to imitate Bartimaeus in our daily Christian living. We receive blessings from the Lord, then, oftentimes, we go our way and not make an effort to better our lives spiritually and morally. We are to follow the example of Bartimaeus in following Jesus, imitating Him. In this way, we are working out, we are building up our personal sanctification. God gives us blessings to enable us to serve Him and become as holy as He wants us to be.
Our ministry aims to help the faithful adult to grow in both Human and Christian maturity.
As part of this goal we offer links to Adult Faith Formation videos.
Obedience of Faith
Enemies of Obedience; Obey Like Christ
Obedience of faith is to obey like Christ in obedience to the Father God. In our time, obedience of faith is a relevant topic and it can be a challenging one. We are inclined to be relativistic in everything, but it must not be when it is about faith. We obey because it is God’s will that we obey in faith.
FATHERS & DOCTORS OF THE CHURCH
Vatican City, Sep 16, 2021 / 09:15 am (CNA).
Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has said that the legalization of same-sex marriage in many countries is “a distortion of conscience” which has also entered some Catholic circles.
In an introduction to a new anthology of his writings on Europe, Benedict XVI said that “with the legalization of ‘same-sex marriage’ in 16 European countries, the issue of marriage and family has taken on a new dimension that cannot be ignored.”
“We are witnessing a distortion of conscience which has evidently penetrated deeply into sectors of the Catholic people,” the pope emeritus wrote. “This cannot be answered with some small moralism or even with some exegetical reference. The problem goes deeper and therefore must be addressed in fundamental terms.”
The introduction, published in the Italian newspaper Il Foglio on Sept. 16, was written for the Italian book “The Real Europe: Identity and Mission.”
Pope Francis wrote the preface to the book, which compiles texts from Benedict XVI written both before and during his pontificate, which lasted from 2005 to 2013.
In the preface, Francis wrote that “beyond so many words and high-sounding proclamations, today in Europe the very idea of respect for every human life is increasingly lost, starting with the loss of awareness of its sacredness, that is, precisely starting from the obfuscation of the consciousness that we are creatures of God.”
“Benedict XVI is not afraid to denounce, over the years, with great courage and foresight the many manifestations of this dramatic renunciation of the idea of creation, up to the current, final consequences, described in an absolutely clear and convincing way in the introductory text,” Pope Francis said.
In his introduction, Benedict XVI said it was important to observe that the concept of “same-sex marriage” is “in contradiction with all the cultures of humanity that have followed one another up to now, and thus signifies a cultural revolution that is opposed to the whole tradition of humanity until today.”
He pointed out that there is no doubt that different cultures have varying juridical and moral conceptions of marriage and the family, such as the profound differences between polygamy and monogamy.
But he emphasized that the basic community has never questioned the fact that the existence of the human being in its male and female forms is ordered to procreation, “as well as the fact that the community of male and female and openness to the transmission of life determine the essence of what is called marriage.”
“The basic certainty that mankind exists as male and female; that the transmission of life is a task assigned to mankind; that it is the community of male and female that serves this task; and that in this, beyond all differences, marriage essentially consists — it is an original certainty that has been obvious to humanity up to now,” Benedict said.
The pope emeritus wrote that the fundamental upheaval of this idea was introduced with the invention of the contraceptive pill and the possibility it gave of separating fertility from sexuality.
“This separation means, in fact, that in this way all of the forms of sexuality are equivalent,” he said. “A fundamental criterion no longer exists.”
This new message, according to Benedict, profoundly transformed men and women’s consciences — first slowly and now more clearly.
From the separation of sexuality from fertility, he continued, comes the inverse: “Fertility, naturally, can be thought of even without sexuality.”
Benedict XVI noted that it therefore seems right to no longer trust the procreation of humans to the “occasional passion of the flesh, but rather to plan and produce the human rationally.”
Thus a human being is no longer “generated and conceived but made,” the retired pontiff underlined, which signifies that a human person is not a gift to be received but “a product planned by our doing.”
He added that if we can plan to make life, it must also be true that we can plan to destroy it, noting that the growing support for assisted suicide and euthanasia as “a planned end to one’s life is an integral part of the trend described.”
The question of same-sex marriage, he continued, is not a question of being “a little more broadminded and open. Rather, the basic question arises: who is man? And with it also the question of whether there is a Creator or if we are not all just manufactured products.”
“This alternative arises: either man is a creature of God, he is the image of God, he is a gift from God, or man is a product that he himself knows how to create,” Benedict XVI wrote.
He said the ecological movement had established that there are limits to nature that we cannot ignore, and, in the same way, a human person possesses a nature that has been given to him “and the violation or denial of it leads to self-destruction.”
“This is also the case with the creation of man as male and female, which is ignored in the hypothesis of ‘same-sex marriage,'” he stressed.
Monday: Rom. 8:12-17; Ps 68:2-7ab, 20-21; Lk 13:10-17
Tuesday: Rom. 8:18-25; Ps 126:1b-6; Lk 13:18-21
Wednesday: Rom. 8:26-30; Ps 13:4-6; Lk 13:22-30
Thursday: Eph. 2:19-22; Ps 19:2-5; Lk 6:12-16
Friday: Rom. 9:1-5; Ps 147:12-20; Lk 14:1-6
Saturday: Rom. 11:1-12, 25-29; Ps 94:12-18; Lk 14:1, 7-11
Sunday: Dt. 6:2-6; Ps 18:2-4, 47, 51; Heb 7:23-28; Mk 12:28b-34
ARE YOU AN ACTIVE PARISHIONER?
A Parish is not simply a “branch office” of the Church, nor a periodic audience of people, nor an occasional public; but it is a formally organized social group. It is a portion of a Diocese under the authority of a Priest legitimately appointed to secure in virtue of his office for the faithful dwelling therein, the helps of religion.
The faithful are called parishioners, and they become parishioners by acquiring a domicile or a quasi-domicile within the geographical boundaries or territory of the Parish.
Parishioners could be active parishioners or non-active parishioners, and the question of parishioner status is important because parishioners look to their Parish for many services such as:
- Parishioner tuition rates in our Catholic schools;
- The use of our facilities for liturgical services such as baptisms, weddings and funerals;
- And certification as eligible sponsors at Sacramental celebrations.
These rights and services within the church bring with them certain obligations, as in any form of community.
To be considered “active,” a parishioners must be:
- Registered in the parish;
- Attend Mass faithfully;
- Support the life of the parish by sharing time and talents in service;
- And sharing treasure (tithing) to build up the community.
Active participation in Christian Stewardship makes you an ACTIVE parishioner.