April 16, 2017: Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
Catholic Social Teaching: Life and Dignity of the Human Person
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. Jn 10:9) 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) Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
First Reading: Acts 10: 34a, 37-43
Psalm: 118: 1-2, 16-17, 22-23
Second Reading: Colossians 3: 1-4. or 1st Corinthians 5: 6b-8
Gospel: John 20:1-9
Catechism of the Catholic Church
The Paschal mystery has two aspects: by his death, Christ liberates us from sin; by his Resurrection, he opens for us the way to a new life. This new life is above all justification that reinstates us in God’s grace, “so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”Justification consists in both victory over the death caused by sin and a new participation in grace. It brings about filial adoption so that men become Christ’s brethren, as Jesus himself called his disciples after his Resurrection: “Go and tell my brethren.” We are brethren not by nature, but by the gift of grace, because that adoptive filiation gains us a real share in the life of the only Son, which was fully revealed in his Resurrection. (654) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, Cycles A, B and C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
For complete text visit: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/justpeace/documents/rc_pc_justpeace_doc_20060526_compendio-dott-soc_en.html
Orange grove with thousands of blooming blossoms on each tree
An orange grove with thousands of blooming blossoms emits a penetrating, aromatic essence into the air. Once one inhales the air permeated with the sweet fragrance, eating an orange will never be the same. The vivid sensory experience forever transforms the tactile encounter with an orange.
If we are not just followers of Jesus, but believers where acceptance of faith transitions to belief, Easter will never be the same. Believers that see the struggles of Via del La Cruz, the injustice, the mockery, the devotion of the women and realize today we must venture beyond living as bystanders, just taking in the sights for entertainment. Believers realizing we have denied Christ, but in our denial, coming to grips with it and experiencing the embrace of His mercy, belief solidifies. Believers watching the women at the foot of the cross and realizing our call lies in not abandoning those crucified today by economic and social injustice and exploitation that withers dignity to factors of production layered into GNP statistics. Believers because we understand the human struggles Jesus faced with eyes opened to the struggles facing humanity today, an unwillingness to dialogue, seeking profits over peace, integrating the lowly so they shed their label and stand welcomed at the human family’s table. Believers because we live with compassion displayed by Joseph of Arimathea in tending to the body of Jesus, we tend to the Body of Christ in the world today. Believers because we know the stone was rolled away and stones impeding prophetic voices today can be rolled away. Believers because we venture to the tomb instead of staying secluded within safe zones. Believers because we believe in our Lord’s resurrection, with hope in our eternal resurrection. Believers because we believe in living the Gospel, not just reading and talking about the Gospel. We live as believers by the grace of faith, not followers with just a cursory understanding of Catholic thought and tradition. Living as only followers of Jesus, we oppress ourselves from receiving the bounty of belief. As believers, Easter is a balm for our soul. We cherish the message and answer the call of discipleship. Living with that focus, Easter is not a holiday, but a celebration of our faith clothed in hope, espousing joy that transfigures our lives so they are never the same. Easter is a day for believers to rejoice and be glad, crescendoing into all the days of our lives with the new yeast of our Lord’s sincerity and truth.
Individual Reflection: Psalm 118: 1-2, 16-17, 22-23
What do your need to address in your life to become more of a believer instead of a follower of Jesus?
Family Reflection: 1st Corinthians 5:6b-8
What can your family do to celebrate and share Earth Day in thanksgiving and joy for the gift of Creation?
Prayer: With thanksgiving, give voice to five petitions for blessings you received during Lent and proclaim a joyful Alleluia after each petition.
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As we reflect upon Mary’s presence in the mysteries of the Rosary, we are blessed to know her. For her journey, a timeless trek, calls us to surrender, continuing conversion, humbleness and justice now.
Weekly lectionary reflections, for faith sharing groups, parish bulletins, newsletters or personal prayer, from the synergy of the Word we hear and the rich tradition of Catholic Social Teaching.
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Creation sustainability ministry resources in the spirit of the St Francis Pledge.
Social Ministry Resources Engaging Parishes: Monthly and liturgical seasons resources for use with parish websites, bulletins and newsletters
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
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