May 1, 2011: Second Sunday of Easter
Catholic Social Teaching: The Dignity of Work and The Rights of Workers
First Reading: Acts 2: 42-47
Second Reading: 1st Peter 1:3-9
Gospel: John 20:19-31
Do we let Jesus be in the midst of our most personal space? The depth of our soul that we lock from view or retreat in fear of inadequacies offers us the most profound encounter with our Lord and God. For He comes to offer peace, not just once, but every time He greet us. (Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, paragraph 491) He wants to show us His hands that were stretched out in miracles and embrace His sides that endured oppression. In this place of belief, we receive the Holy Spirit and have life. For we doubt no more, we are free to leave our locked room to rejoice in the world and serve in joyful love. With His ongoing presence in the breaking of the bread and prayer, we see the interconnectedness of all of society. We all have common needs of food and shelter. How we structure our economy and continually participate in God’s creation gives meaning to our work. Freed from our locked rooms with strength and courage, we give voice to the importance of living wages, decent working conditions and the rights for workers’ collective voices to be heard. For justice is a foundation for peace in the world and we must devote ourselves to making this a cornerstone of our economy.
Individual Reflection: Acts 2:42-47
This day we uphold the rights of workers. Reflect upon a group of workers at your job or in your town that are unjustly treated. Take an action to support them this week.
Family Reflection: John 20:19-31
This Easter season look around your home to see if you have a religious picture or symbol that reminds the family of their faith and a sign to guests of your beliefs. As a family, talk about what this sign means to you.
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