April 27, 2014: Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
“In a world of social and economic strife, solidarity call us to see others, locally and globally, as our brothers and sisters. People do not become someone to exploit and demean, but we affirm their life as part of the human family. Solidarity calls us to respect life by pursuing peace and justice to dispel the culture of violence in the world.” From: https://cst74life.wordpress.com/
First Reading: Acts 2:42-47
Psalm: 118: 2-4, 13-15, 22-24
Second Reading: 1st Peter 1:3-9
Gospel: John 20:19-31
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“The disciple of Christ must not only keep the faith and live on it, but also profess it, confidently bear witness to it, and spread it: “All however must be prepared to confess Christ before men and to follow him along the way of the Cross, amidst the persecutions which the Church never lacks.”82 Service of and witness to the faith are necessary for salvation: “So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” (1816)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday , Cycle A
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
John 20:19, 21 and 26
“The Church moves further into the Third Millennium of the Christian era as a pilgrim people, guided by Christ, the “great Shepherd” (Heb 13:20). He is the “Holy Door” (cf. Jn10:9) through which we passed during the Great Jubilee of the year 2000. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life (cf. Jn 14:6): contemplating the Lord’s face, we confirm our faith and our hope in him, the one Saviour and goal of history.
The Church continues to speak to all people and all nations, for it is only in the name of Christ that salvation is given to men and women. Salvation, which the Lord Jesus obtained “at a price” (1 Cor 6:20; cf. 1 Pet 1:18-19), is achieved in the new life that awaits the righteous after death, but it also permeates this world in the realities of the economy and labour, of technology and communications, of society and politics, of the international community and the relations among cultures and peoples. “Jesus came to bring integral salvation, one which embraces the whole person and all mankind, and opens up the wondrous prospect of divine filiation” (1)
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The early Church devoted themselves to teaching, sustaining the communal life, breaking of bread and prayer. How are these four elements cornerstones of your faith? Does your parish nourish the community with these factors? Teaching, not just imparting facts or doctrine, but sharing our stories and listening to the stories of others to know the reality of people’s lives. Where have they seen mercy, where are the necessities of life and love lacking, how do we challenge one another to not doubt, but live faithfully acknowledging the Gospel? How do we shatter the idolatry of self-interest and greed to live with a communal spirit in stewardship of the world’s natural and economic resources? Do our parishes utter words against systemic oppression or stand in solidarity with those excluded from access to society’s storehouse of goods and services. Do we have faith to live so everyone’s needs are met or is our focus self-preservation and gratification? How does the Eucharist transform your heart, to have the Lord’s real presence indwelling in you erase doubt from living the liberation of equality? Does the Eucharistic celebration at our parishes send us forth to be the presence of Jesus in the world that savors interaction with all people? Prayer must ground our commitment to the common good, the individual petitions to our God and intercession of the saints and communal prayer united in the solidarity of hope for transformation of hearts solidified with disrespect, indifference and hoarding the false security of material wealth. For then in eternal inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled and unfading, we rejoice even amidst the struggles of striving for a just kingdom of God here and now. When Jesus came to the midst of the disciples and granted them peace, He looked at Thomas and could see the doubt in his heart and soul. Jesus stretched out His hand, showed him His side, just to ask Thomas to believe. Jesus is in our midst, as we hear and share stories to teach one another about faith, a faith lived infused by the Spirit. Jesus is present as we walk away from dwelling on me, to live for the common good that prioritizes the needs of the most marginalized. Each Eucharist in the Word and real presence of bread and wine, Jesus asks us to surrender into belief, to a genuineness of faith more precious than gold. Let personal prayer sustain us and encourage a spirit of communal prayer to interconnect our belief and savor the peace of the risen Lord.
Individual Reflection: Act 2:42-47
Gather with a group to reflect on Catholics Spending and Acting Justly: A Small Group Guide for Living Economic Stewardship, by Charles Wilber (Ave Marie Press), for eight weeks of dialogue leading to concrete actions for fiscal and social solidarity with local and global perspectives.
Family Reflection: John 20:19-31
As a family, reflect on Jesus’ mercy. Share times you have been like Thomas. Research and as a family pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
Lord, thank you for the outpouring of the Spirit and the gift of your peace. May your grace strengthen us to share and teach your ways. Help us to realize we own nothing and all creation is a gift from your Father. May this perspective dispose our hearts to generosity. Let prayer guide our path and the Eucharist allow us to surrender false securities and doubt. Thank you for your everlasting love. In Jesus’ dear name we pray, Amen.
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By Barb April 15, 2014 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern