How Can We Co-Create Our World?

Reflection for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN former board member, Sr. Maryann Mueller, CSSF

This reflection was originally posted in our September 2nd newsletter

This week’s readings can be among the most challenging of Jesus’ teachings. “Who can know God’s counsel, or who can conceive what the Lord intends.” (Wis. 9:13) After the mass killings in Texas and Ohio several weeks ago, a travel advisory to the United States was issued warning people throughout the world that it is no longer safe to visit this country we call home. Meanwhile, as we begin a new school year, parents and children worry about violence in our schools. Our government continues to separate children from their parents and to imprison many of these children in deplorable detention centers. Our readings confront us to determine what it means for us to authentically live from our Catholic Social Tradition and follow in the footsteps of Jesus in this world.

The rich tradition handed down to us by Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi of professing our faith, not so much by beliefs or recitation of pious words but by the way we live our lives, orients our life of continuous conversion. In the words of the FAN vision statement: “It is through continual conversion that the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor can be heard in their authenticity and understood in a way that leads us to re-discover our original goodness, both personally and collectively. Through this process of continual conversion, we discover ourselves as co-creators with God and others.”

How are we to co-create our world? When we look to Jesus’ years of public ministry, we see that Jesus advocated for and reached out to the most vulnerable in His society, always with an eye and heart turned to His Father. Our commitment to follow Jesus will be at times inconvenient, when we must “carry our cross.” (LK 14:26) Our commitment to follow Jesus will always force us out of our comfort zone. May God “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart.” (PS 90:12)

Sr. Maryann Mueller, CSSF
Former FAN Board Member

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