We praise and thank you!
You anoint us to
bring glad tidings to the poor
proclaim liberty to captives
recover sight for the blind
free the oppressed
and build communities in keeping
with God’s vision of justice.
Show us how to be
light of the world
salt of the earth
seeds that sprout love
and leaven that infuses humanity
with the desire to promote
human dignity and solidarity.
Help us to listen so that
those in poverty can lead our efforts to
proclaim a more hopeful vision
liberate captives from injustice
heal the blindness of the powerful
free us all from self-centeredness
and build community to overcome poverty.
(prayer from the USCCB)
Cathechesis Video Reflection Questions
- What are things that everyone needs to live?
- Are we supposed to only care about ourselves or do we have to help care for others too?
- How can we make the world a better place?
Domestic Church (the family)
- What does solidarity mean to you?
- When you discuss politics or economics at home do you do so with the spirit of solidarity towards “the other”? (people from another political party, the poor, the marginalized, the immigrant, the refugee, people from a different racial/ethnic heritage than you own)
- When thinking and teaching one another about how the world should be, what can you do as a family to help one another recognize the principle of solidarity in yourself but also help each other remember solidarity in all things throughout your daily life?
In the book of Leviticus the law was such that: “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not be so thorough that you reap the field to its very edge, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest.
Likewise, you shall not pick your vineyard bare, nor gather up the grapes that have fallen. These things you shall leave for the poor and the alien. I, the LORD, am your God.” (Lev. 19:9-10) Watch the story of Ruth and Boaz and discover how this social safety net worked in practice to make sure that the common good was cared for.
In the Book of Ruth we see Ruth, who was poor, take advantage of this earliest form of a government created social safety net called “gleaning”. We also see the example of Boaz, the landowner, go over and above the mandate by offering Ruth even more than what he was required. This is an example of how government assistance and personal charity can work hand-in-hand to serve the common good.
Witness video reflection questions
- Can you think of a program we have in our country similar to the ancient practice of “gleaning” that helps people in need like you heard about in the video?
- When Boaz sees Ruth, even though he has done what the law requires by allowing Ruth to collect leftovers, what does he do for her?
- How does Boaz serve the common good in this story?
Domestic Church (the family)
- How might your family be serving the common good already?
- What things might your family do to expand your understanding and actions for the common good?
- How does Boaz serve the common good in the video above?
- Look at your school community. Do one thing this week to show others that you care about them.
- Partner with someone that you normally wouldn’t partner with for a classroom activity.
- Invite someone to play with you at recess that you don’t normally play with.
Domestic Church (the home)
- Contact local government leaders on an issue related to the common good (poverty, homelessness, care for creation, respecting and welcoming immigrants, etc.) and let them know your support in making things better.
- Participate in an event in your community/area that you have not participated in before as a family. This could be a celebration for a specific culture other than your own, a discussion on a topic that you are unfamiliar with people who have a different background than your own, spending time with a person or people that you don’t regularly socialize with.
- Every day for one week list the things you did for the common good and the things that you may have failed to do for the common good.
help me to be a brother or sister to every person I meet.
Help me to be slow to anger and rich in kindness.
Help me to listen more to others’s stories,
especially when they have a different experience than my own.
Give me the courage to do things that make me uncomfortable
so that I can get to know my neighbors and members of the community
Help me to love everyone more fully.