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11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) Doctrinal Homily Outline
CENTRAL IDEA AND DOCTRINE
By Kevin Aldrich
EXCERPT: When it comes to hearing what Christ has to say, we have the sources mentioned above: the natural world, Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture, and above all the Person of Christ himself.
In attempting to capture the meaning of hearing the Word a little more completely, I listed the following adverbs: humbly, gratefully, hungrily, obediently, intelligently, conversationally, responsefully. Why these?
Humbly, because it is God speaking to us.
Gratefully, because it is a treasure for us.
Hungrily, because we ought to long for this communication.
Obediently, because it reveals God’s will for us.
Intelligently, because God has given us our rational nature and we should use our intellects in meeting him.
Conversationally, because the prayer which accompanies our reading of the Sacred text can be a dialogue with God.
Responsefully, because God has given us a free will by which we can do what God wants, with the help of His grace.
YEAR B CATECHISM THEMES
“The following paragraphs from the Catechism of the Catholic Church resonate with the biblical readings for this Sunday. They were chosen either because they cite or allude to the specific readings, or because they treat topics found in the readings.” —Homiletic Directory
Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
CCC 543-546: announcing the Kingdom of God
CCC 2653-2654, 2660, 2716: the Kingdom grows by hearing the Word
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) Catechism Excerpts
WE WALK BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT
1 2 Cor 5:7.
2 l Cor 13:12.
3 LG 48.
4 St. Augustine, De civ. Dei, 18,51:PL 41,614; cf. LG 8.
5 LG 5; Cf. 6; 2 Cor 5:6.
6 LG 2.
TO RISE WITH CHRIST, WE MUST DIE WITH CHRIST
CCC 1005 To rise with Christ, we must die with Christ: we must “be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”7 In that “departure” which is death the soul is separated from the body.8 It will be reunited with the body on the day of resurrection of the dead.9
CCC 1681 The Christian meaning of death is revealed in the light of the Paschal mystery of the death and resurrection of Christ in whom resides our only hope. The Christian who dies in Christ Jesus is “away from the body and at home with the Lord.”12
7 2 Cor 5:8.
8 Cf. Phil 1:23.
9 Cf. Paul VI, CPG § 28.
10 Cf. 2 Tim 1:9-10.
11 Cf. Lk 16:22; 23:43; Mt 16:26; 2 Cor 5:8; Phil 1:23; Heb 9:27; 12:23.
12 2 Cor 5:8.
EVERYONE IS CALLED TO ENTER THE KINGDOM
CCC 546 Jesus’ invitation to enter his kingdom comes in the form of parables, a characteristic feature of his teaching.3 Through his parables he invites people to the feast of the kingdom, but he also asks for a radical choice: to gain the kingdom, one must give everything.4 Words are not enough, deeds are required.5 The parables are like mirrors for man: will he be hard soil or good earth for the word?6 What use has he made of the talents he has received?7 Jesus and the presence of the kingdom in this world are secretly at the heart of the parables. One must enter the kingdom, that is, become a disciple of Christ, in order to “know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven”.8 For those who stay “outside”, everything remains enigmatic.9
1 Cf. Mt 8:11 10:5-7; 28:19.
2 LC 5; cf. Mk 4:14, 26-29; Lk 12:32.
3 Cf. Mk 4:33-34.
4 Cf. Mt 13:44-45; 22:1-14.
5 Cf. Mt 21:28-32.
6 Cf. Mt 13:3-9.
7 Cf. Mt 25:14-30.
8 Mt 13:11.
9 Mk 4:11; cf. Mt 13:10-15.
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) Theology Connections
CATHOLIC MORAL THEOLOGY BLOG
by Patrick Clark
EXCERPT: In his book New Seeds of Contemplation, Thomas Merton famously wrote that
every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of men.
The Bible is full of moments like these. Such moments are in fact the primary mode by which the Bible conveys its meaning to us. Every moment is a seed, containing within itself something far larger, far different, and far beyond what we could imagine if we were to consider it on its own.
We live amidst such moments, and yet only see their true importance once we have seen what comes from them over the course of time. Often it is only after many years that we can recognize such moments for what they are, and glimpse the power and significance of what they reveal.
The Bible is full of such moments: the moment Eve began to entertain the serpent’s words, the moment Abraham resolved to leave his home, the moment David fixed his gaze upon Bathsheba, the moment Mary voiced her consent to the angel. All these moments are “seeds” of the human heart, planted in the soil of human history. They contain within them something much greater, which reveals itself through the course of history. They reveal something true that cannot simply be reduced to abstract propositions or prescriptions. Indeed, as Christians we believe that even today we continue to live out the story that has been shaped by these seemingly ordinary moments.
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SOURCE: CATHOLIC MORAL THEOLOGY BLOG
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) Catechism Lesson
Eventually, we had to come to the subject of death and judgment. But let us not plunge in immediately.
If there is anything that characterizes life, it is an intolerance of boundaries. We all want the infinite; that is why we are disappointed very often. We realize the tremendous disproportion that there is between an ideal that we have conceived and reality itself. But still we go on searching, simply because we have an indefinite capacity for more. You cannot imagine yourself in possession of any good thing and not wanting more. Nature sets limits, however, to the more of our bodies.
A boy’s eyes are bigger than his stomach. There is a limit to bodily pleasures. They may even reach a point where they become pain and we become sickened of their own too much.
But there are no limits to the desires of the soul. They never reach a point of satiety. There is no limit to a truth that you can know, to the life that you can live, to the love that you can enjoy and the to beauty you can experience. If this were all, I mean what we have in this world, how we would be cheated. We would be frustrated, just like a woman mad about fashions might be put into a room where there were a thousand hats but not a single mirror.
Since you have a body and a soul, you can make one or the other master. You can make the body serve the soul, which is the Christian way, or you can make the soul serve the body, which is the miserable way.
It is this choice which makes life so very serious.
There would be no fun in playing games unless there were a chance to lose. There would be no zest in battle if crowns of merit rest suspended over those who did not fight. There would be no interest in dramas if the characters were puppets,
Eternal Destinies: and there would be no point in life unless there were great and eternal destinies at stake in which we say, aye or nay to our Eternal Salvation.
Our Blessed Lord put it this way: “And fear ye not them that kill the body and are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28)
On another occasion our Lord said, “What doth it profit a man if he gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul?”( Matthew 16:26)
There will come a time when this trial will be over. I know it is very difficult to convince modern minds about it; they do not like to hear that life will end. That is why death is so often disguised today by morticians. They would almost make you believe there was happiness in every box. They do not like to face the fact of man’s end. And have you noticed how much the modern mind feels awkward in the face of death? He does not know how to extend sympathy. He does not scruple at reading detective stories in which there are a dozen deaths or murders, but that’s because he concentrates on the circumstances preceding the death rather than on the eternal issues involved in death, namely heaven or hell. He never asks, “saved or lost”, but rather, “who killed Cock Robin?”.
SOURCE: The Universal Way (Fulton Sheen’s Christian Philosophy Course)
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) Catechetical Resources
What were the first words Jesus spoke referring when he began his public ministry?
With Christ’s advent, the Kingdom of God has been inaugurated. We believe that although the kingdom is present here and now, it is not yet fully realized. When Christ returns a second time to this world in glory, he will bring the fullness of God’s kingdom. What happens in the meantime?
The reality that sustains us, prepares us for, and moves us closer toward that Second Coming and the fullness of the kingdom is the Church. For this reason the Church is described as “the seed” of the Kingdom of God by the Second Vatican Council.
Why do we in the creed mention the Church by name as an object of faith?
Why does the Church exist? What is its goal?
The Church exists because people need saving. That is why the Second Vatican Council restated the ancient understanding that outside the Church Salvation is not possible (see Catechism of the Catholic Church 846). This statement may seem at first to be shocking, until one reflects on the word “outside.” In other words, the Church is meant for everyone in the world because her head, the Lord Jesus, is the sole mediator between God and all people. He alone is the way to Salvation, and he is present to us in his Body, which is the Church.
In the Lord’s Prayer Christians pray, “thy kingdom come.” We proclaim that we are forward looking. We are disciples fixing our gaze on the fullness of the kingdom that will be brought to us by Christ the Lord. Envisioning that glorious future, we are energized to work toward it now. We humbly contribute to the building up of God’s kingdom in both small and large ways. Because our hearts and minds are permeated by the vision of Gospel justice, peace, and love, everything we do is potentially transforming during this in-between time in which we live.
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) Catechism Video Series
Fr. DANIEL J. MAHAN, STLFr. Daniel Mahan, S.T.L. gives a full, easy to follow tour of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in 111 segments, each about ten to twenty minutes long.
ARTICLE 12. “I BELIEVE IN LIFE EVERLASTING”
I. The Particular Judgment – – – – –
III. The Final Purification, or Purgatory
V. The Last Judgment
VI. The Hope of the New Heaven and the New Earth