April 10, 2016: Third Sunday of Easter
Catholic Social Teaching: Call to Family, Community and Participation
The New Evangelization in Society and Church of Many Cultures
“…A fresh or a first encounter with Jesus Christ, seen through the eyes of those marginalized by the prevailing culture, can rekindle commitment to social justice and solidarity…” p. 4 Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers, USCCB, December 2014
First Reading: Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41
Psalm: 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13
Second Reading: Revelation 5:11-14
Gospel: John 21:1-19
Catechism of the Catholic Church
The duty of Christians to take part in the life of the Church impels them to act as witnesses of the Gospel and of the obligations that flow from it. This witness is a transmission of the faith in words and deeds. Witness is an act of justice that establishes the truth or makes it known.
All Christians by the example of their lives and the witness of their word, wherever they live, have an obligation to manifest the new man which they have put on in Baptism and to reveal the power of the Holy Spirit by whom they were strengthened at Confirmation. (2472)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Third Sunday of Easter, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
Jesus physically fed Simon Peter breakfast and then asked him the question of commitment, of surrender, “Do you love me?” Was following Jesus a job for Simon Peter, a way to survive when fishing was marginal, or did the relationship encompass adoration and loyalty beyond human friendship? Peter’s triune affirmation of love for Jesus offered reconciliation for a triple denial during the Lord’s passion. Jesus offering compassionate repentance to prepare Peter’s soul for Jesus’ request, feed my lambs, tend my sheep, feed my sheep. A reminder of the commissioning in the Upper Room, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you,” when Jesus found them returning to their old ways of fishing instead of transmitting faith. They turned a night of futility into abundance when heeding the Lord’s request, as an affirmation of the rewards of discipleship encompassing the multitudes.
How do we show our love for Jesus? Do we love Jesus more than family, friends and possessions? Do we say we love Jesus, pray, go to Mass, yet consume our days with just mundane tasks, casting our nets in futility, unwilling to jump into the sea of possible opportunities to feed and tend the Lord’s sheep and lambs? Feeding and tending to the kingdom of God each day of our lives may seem daunting. Grounded in prayer, praise, the Word, Sacraments and infused by the Holy Spirit, we are divinely prepared for service. Taking the gifts of our faith and not serving says we do not truly love Jesus. For love is not just a relationship of selfishly taking the perks, like Jesus is my possession to see how much I can receive, but true love also freely gives out of deep adoration, content to see how the ripples of love caresses humanity. Our love for Jesus must not exist as a relationship of isolation from the world, never moving beyond reflecting on scripture, personal prayer and communal liturgy. Only with that as a foundation, can we melt the hardness of our hearts to express our love in tending and feeding the physical and spiritual needs of the human family to articulate our love for Jesus beyond mere words.
Individual Reflection: Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41
Coordinate a service fair for your parish, offering information by parish and community groups on ways to serve. As a follow up to the fair, include an opportunity on stewardship Sunday for people to make a commitment on how they will be of service to other in the coming year.
Family Reflection: Revelation 5:11-14
Do you acknowledge angels in your home…a picture, small figurine? Do family members pray to their guardian angels? Read and reflect on passages in Scripture acknowledging angels.
Jesus, we thank you for the invitation to love you beyond the words of a prayer, in the opportunity to serve others. To see life beyond self-seated desires, the accumulation of pious religiosity trappings, for you let us be the melting wax of a candle, consumed by the fire of love for You. Help us to see we are one of the multitudes of people that can coexist without tearing nets of support and solidarity, if we remain in Your love. We have denied your love, but thankful we are for your continual mercy and reminders, often in questions not ultimatums, to prioritize our love for you in service towards others for lives of meaning, purpose and peace. In Your dean name Jesus, we pray. Amen
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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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How we do Catholic Social Teaching.
Creation sustainability ministry resources in the spirit of the St Francis Pledge.
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
By Barb Born March 30, 2016 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.