April 7, 2013: Second Sunday of Easter Divine Mercy Sunday
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
“…In light of the Gospel’s invitation to be peacemakers, 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. Decisions on the use of force should be guided by traditional moral criteria and undertaken only as a last resort. As Pope Paul VI taught: “If you want peace work for justice.” Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (53), USCCB
First Reading: Acts 5:12-16
Psalm: 118: 2-4, 13-15, 22-24
Second Reading: Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19
Gospel: John 20: 19-31
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“…By faith man freely commits his entire self to God. For this reason, the believer seeks to know and do God’s will…Living faith works through charity.” (1814) From Introduction for the Second Week of Easter Cycle C , Roman Missal
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
“The promise of peace that runs through the entire Old Testament finds its fulfillment in the very person of Jesus. Peace, in fact, is the messianic attribute par excellence, in which all other beneficial effects of salvation are included…The kingdom of the Messiah is precisely the kingdom of peace…Jesus is our peace…He has broken down the dividing wall of hostility among people, reconciling them with God…This is the very effective simplicity with which St Paul indicates the radical motivation spurring Christians to undertake a life and mission of peace…The gift of peace is the seal on his (Jesus’) spiritual testament…The words of the risen Lord…every time he meets his disciples they receive from him the greeting and gift of peace: “Peace be with you.” (491)
You have received Jesus’s peace in the Word. You have received Jesus’ peace in the Eucharist. So why should doubt or lack of courage keep us from being that peace in the world? Jesus sends us into the world not alone, for his Eucharistic presence is with us and we have been anointed in the Sacramental grace of Confirmation with the Holy Spirit. We have been blessed to believe and receive life in his name. How will you share that newness of life and express the peace in your soul as peace in the world? Let prayer, in praise and adoration punctuate each day. Let the healing Sacramental grace of Reconciliation heal your soul from conflict. As our lives are sustained by Jesus’ peace, being peace in the world flows from the grace we’ve received — being incremental pieces of peace.
Individual Reflection: John 20:19-31
Attend a Pax Christi meeting in you city — if your city does not have Pax Christi help to facilitate a group at your parish.
Family Reflection: John 20:19-31
Have each family member share when they came to “believe”.
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
By Barb Born March 22, 2013 The reflection maybe use in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concerns.