Plenary Prayer Campaign – 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Plenary Document Reflection

Instrumentum Laboris

78. Jesus summarised the teaching of the Gospel in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 57), with its wisdom of the blessed life of the kingdom and its call to imitate the perfect love of the Creator, which extends like the sunshine even to enemies and the wicked.

159. Catholic Education at all levels plays a key role in enabling an encounter of worldviews and perspectives in the shared quest for truth, wisdom and the common good.[1]

179. Many Catholics realise that the integrity of both Church and society in Australia is intimately connected to the wellbeing and participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. There is a great need for listening and dialogue between Aboriginal cultures and the various churches and religions in this country. We are challenged to:

… recognise the wisdom of Aboriginal people is needed for the health of our nation, that we can learn so much from Indigenous culture and knowledge. Church leaders must call forth this wisdom and create spaces for it to be heard.[2]

Humble, Healing and Merciful

It is proposed the Church recognise the wisdom of the Aboriginal people is needed for the health of our nation; that from an ecological point of view, we can learn so much from Indigenous culture and knowledge; that Church leaders call forth this wisdom and create spaces for it to be heard.[3] It is proposed that Listening Groups particularly cater to the needs of Aboriginal Australians for genuine engagement and sharing of wisdom. (p.6)

Prayerful and Eucharistic

In the Miracle of the Feeding (5000), Jesus calls his disciples to serve God’s people: “You give them something to eat” (Matthew 14:16). This command illuminates the challenge of formation for everyone in “the pilgrim Church” (Lumen Gentium, 48). The body of Christ, at every level of age, circumstances, and vocation, lay and ordained together, need encouragement in the journey to flourish in faith and grow into our full stature as Christian disciples. (p.12)

Reflection Question

What can we do to express respectful and cooperative attitudes with others in Australian society, focusing on opportunities to witness to God’s grace at work in the world?

Universal Prayer Petition

For the Plenary Council: in these months leading up to the First Assembly, grant us the courage to speak boldly and the ability to listen humbly with hearts open to where the Spirit is leading our Church in Australia.
(Pause for silent prayer)
Lord, hear us.

Reflection

Catholic Education at all levels plays a key role in enabling an encounter of worldviews and perspectives in the shared quest for truth, wisdom and the common good.
(Congregation for Catholic Education, Educating to Intercultural Dialogue in Catholic Schools: Living in Harmony for a Civilisation of Love, 2013).

[1] Congregation for Catholic Education, Educating to Intercultural Dialogue in Catholic Schools: Living in Harmony for a Civilization of Love (2013).
[2] See the Plenary Council document “How is God calling us to be a Christ-centred Church in Australia that is: Missionary & Evangelising?”, pp 17-18.
[3] “How is God calling us to be a Christ-centred Church in Australia that is: Humble, Healing & Merciful?” 16; See also “How is God calling us to be a Christ-centred Church in Australia that is: Missionary & Evangelising?”, 17-18.