April 21, 2013: Fourth Sunday of Easter
Catholic Social Teaching
“…Racism and other unjust discrimination, the use of the death penalty, resorting to unjust war, the use of torture, war crimes, the failure to respond to those who are suffering from hunger or lack of health care or an unjust immigration policy are all serious moral issues that challenge our consciences and requires us to act. These are not optional concerns which can be dismissed…Clearly not every Catholic can be actively involved in each of these concerns, but we need to support one another as our faith defends human life and dignity wherever it is threatened. We are not factions, but one family of faith fulfilling the mission of Jesus Christ.” Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, 29, USCCB
First Reading: Acts 13:14, 43-52
Psalm: 100:1-2, 3, 5
Second Reading: Revelation 7:9, 14b-17
Gospel: John 10:27-30
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: no references
Jesus says, “My sheep hear my voice and follow me.” This invitation is for every nation, race and tongue. Steps along the path erase superficial facades, as listening predominates judgment. Becoming an instrument of service, as a voice for the word of the Lord, exposes the selfishness of jealousy and violence rooted in fear. At times, in courageous, non-violent protest, we must shake the dust of injustice from our feet, otherwise we carry it along to give credence and perpetuate inequities. The blood of the Lamb mystically cleanses garments soiled in doubt to dazzle in effervescent white of pure light. If we hear Jesus’ voice and follow, we hunger and thirst no more, as we are filled with joy and the Holy Spirit. To let Jesus shepherd us, how will we walk humbly, live simply, embrace the marginalized and love as we have so been loved every day of our lives?
Individual Reflection: Acts 13:14, 43-52
Read the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Reflect on how the thoughts are synergistic with Catholic Social Teaching. What is one new way you will affirm human dignity this week?
Family Reflection: Psalm 100: 1-2, 3, 5
During the Easter season, take a day to celebrate a family retreat. Let every family member contribute an element of the retreat.
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice web sites
By Barb Born April 8, 2013 The reflection maybe use in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concerns.