May 22, 2011: 5th Sunday of Easter
Catholic Social Teaching: Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
First Reading: Acts 6: 1-7
Second Reading: 1st Peter 2:4-9
Gospel: John 14:1-12
Faith in Jesus Christ, who described himself the way, the truth and the life, prompts Christians to commit themselves with firm and ever new resolve to building a social and political culture inspired by the Gospel. (Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, paragraph 555) As Jesus prepared to leave His disciples from the earthly plane, He let them know it was their time to act. They had faith from hearing the Lord’s words and seeing His works and today we live that legacy. Stepping out, when seeing the proverbial vulnerable, marginalized widows, to meet needs society views as insignificant, comes from hearts not troubled but filled with faith. Many dwelling places call for compassion, so utilizing our gifts in specific niches will build upon the cornerstone a spiritual house for our socio-political culture. As we place our trust in the Lord,we envision His love for justice and right embedded in kindness. In being His disciples. belief encompasses not just a temporal reality, but continuing the works Jesus modeled for us in the Gospel.
Individual Reflection Acts 6:1-7
Invite six friends for dinner to talk and pray about how you could work on serving a marginalized segment of your community.
Family Reflection: John 14: 1-12
Have each family member share what troubles their heart and how their belief and faith in Jesus helps them to deal with the challenge.
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