May 5, 2013: Sixth Sunday of Easter
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
“…In light of the Gospel’s invitation to be peacemaker, our commitment to solidarity with our neighbors—at home and abroad—also demands that we promote peace and pursue justice in a world marred by terrible violence and conflict…” (53) Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, USCCB
First Reading: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29
Psalm: 67: 2-3, 5, 6, 8
Second Reading: Revelation 21: 10-14, 22-23
Gospel: John 14:23-29
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“The Holy Spirit, whom Christ the head pours out on his members, builds, animates and sanctifies the Church…” (747) From the introduction to the Sixth Sunday of Easter, Cycle C, Roman Missal
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
“…The word of the Gospel, in fact, is not only to be heard, but it is to also be observed and put into practice. Consistency in behavior shows what one truly believes and is not limited only to things strictly church-related or spiritual but involves men and women in the entirety of their life experience and in the context of all their responsibilities…Men and women must respond to the gift of salvation not with a partial, abstract or merely verbal acceptance, but with the whole of their lives—in every relationship that defines life…For this reason the Church’s social doctrine is not a privilege for her, nor a digression, a convenience or interference: it is her right to proclaim the Gospel in the context of society, to make the liberating word of the Gospel resound in the complex worlds of production, labor, business, finance, trade, politics, law, culture, social communications, where men and women live.” (70)
“The promotion of peace in the world is an integral part of the Church’s mission of continuing Christ’s work of redemption on earth…The promotion of true peace is an expression of Christian faith in the love that God has for every human being. From the liberating faith in God’s love there arises a new vision of the world and a new way of approaching others, whether the other is an individual or an entire people. It is a faith that transforms and renews life, inspired by the peace that Christ left to his disciples. Moved solely by this faith, the Church intends to promote the unity of Christians and a fruitful cooperation with believers of other religions. Differences of religion must not be a cause for conflict; the shared quest for peace on the part of all believers is a vital source of unity among people. The Church calls on individuals, peoples, States and nations to share her concern for re-establishing and consolidating peace, placing particular emphasis on the important role of international law.” (516)
Jesus’ greetings of peace after the resurrection were not hollow salutations. The words, like all Jesus’ words, come etched with challenges and multiple blessings. He told the disciples whoever LOVES me will KEEP my word. Do we LOVE Jesus enough to live as peace in the world? Jesus offers a threefold blessing, if we LOVE him by KEEPING his word. We will be LOVED BY GOD THE FATHER. Jesus will COME, with the Father, to us. We are not left wandering, searching or questioning. They come to DWELL with us. The threefold blessing is sealed in Trinitarian LOVE. For the Father sends the Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ name, to TEACH us everything and REMIND us of all Jesus teaches us. So if we believe the words of Jesus,” Peace I leave you, my peace I give you, not as the world gives you,” why would we be troubled or afraid to keep the words of Jesus in speaking and acting for peace in the world? Do you LOVE Jesus and have the faith to ask how he wants you to KEEP his words of peace, so his way maybe known upon the earth?
Individual Reflection: Psalm 67: 2-3, 5, 6, 8
How do you make known Jesus’ gift of peace upon the earth? What is one new way you will make that peace know this week?
Family Reflection: Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23
Each year Americans discard 375 million ink jet and toner cartridges.
The average American household has 24 electronic gadgets, but when they become obsolete or break only 15 to 20 percent are recycled to reclaim reusable material. To make our cities more environmentally friendly, what can you recycle or might you organize an E-waste recycling drive at your school:?
Blogs to Visit
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
By Barb Born April 25, 2013 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concerns.