April 30,2017: Third Sunday of Easter
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
Watch a You Tube video of Two Were Bound for Emmaus by Bob Hurd
Reflect on how our journey on the Road to Emmaus and the gift of Eucharist helps us to stand in solidarity
First Reading: Acts 2:14-22-33
Psalm: 16, 1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
Second Reading: 1st Peter 1:17-21
Gospel: Luke 24:13-35
Catechism of the Catholic Church
By means of touch and the sharing of a meal, the risen Jesus establishes direct contact with his disciples. He invites them in this way to recognize that he is not a ghost and above all to verify that the risen body in which he appears to them is the same body that had been tortured and crucified, for it still bears the traces of his Passion. Yet at the same time this authentic, real body possesses the new properties of a glorious body: not limited by space and time but able to be present how and when he wills; for Christ’s humanity can no longer be confined to earth, and belongs henceforth only to the Father’s divine realm. For this reason too the risen Jesus enjoys the sovereign freedom of appearing as he wishes: in the guise of a gardener or in other forms familiar to his disciples, precisely to awaken their faith. (645) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the, Third Sunday of Easter Cycle A
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:
1st Peter 1:18-19
The Church moves further into the Third Millennium of the Christian era as a pilgrim people, guided by Christ, the “great Shepherd” (Heb 13:20). He is the “Holy Door” (cf. Jn 10:9) through which we passed during the Great Jubilee of the year 2000. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life (cf. Jn 14:6): contemplating the Lord’s face, we confirm our faith and our hope in him, the one Saviour and goal of history.
The Church continues to speak to all people and all nations, for it is only in the name of Christ that salvation is given to men and women. Salvation, which the Lord Jesus obtained “at a price” (1 Cor 6:20; cf. 1 Pet 1:18-19), is achieved in the new life that awaits the righteous after death, but it also permeates this world in the realities of the economy and labour, of technology and communications, of society and politics, of the international community and the relations among cultures and peoples. “Jesus came to bring integral salvation, one which embraces the whole person and all mankind, and opens up the wondrous prospect of divine filiation”. (1)
Sojourning thru life, we venture along a path. Do we try to insulate ourselves from the texture of the path’s surface that the Lord shows us, trying to make it smoother than it really is, by lacing up hiking boots? To insulate us from pebbles and rocks the Lord places on our path to jar our senses to awareness of concerns He implores us to address. Or do we wear athletic shoes with cushioning insoles, so we feel, comfortable and agile on the path, easily navigating around impediments that might slow our agenda and shield us from seeing the faces of those we swiftly swish by? Might we wear flip flops to feel the changing environment, the cold chill of exclusion, the hot intensity of challenging concerns? The farm workers sweating under scorching sun who harvest the lettuce for your leisurely dinner salad, the homeless person trying to sleep without shelter, as you drive past them in your warm car holding a cup of steaming coffee on a cold winter’s morning, the child burning with desire for three nutritious meals each day, but are we cold to the growling of their hungry stomach? But the Lord desires we walk our path proverbially barefoot. Only that way will we feel the experience of the fullness of life He offers, not isolated for our own comfort, less agile to maneuver past HIs promptings. Then we abound in the joy of His presence, for the Lord ransoms us from futile conduct handed down by our ancestors detached from prophetic pasts as they clinged to a life laden with perishable things on their path.
We can converse and debate about the injustices attacking faith, attempts to crucify belief with people walking the collective path of humanity and listen to voices standing at the tombs of prophetic voices that some may seek to silence because they think they are all powerful. We may have to travel the path for first hand encounters with empty tombs to believe God prevails beyond earthly attacks of perceived religious and social authorities, so the truth prevails, justice reigns. We must eagerly venture the path of life so our hearts quickly yearn to believe all the prophets spoke. In belief we invite Jesus to stay with us on our journey and sit with Him at table, yearning for the bread only He can provide, letting His blessing ring loudly and profoundly in our ears. Then we humbly receive His presence and go forth to tell the story of our path to others. We each walk the Road to Emmaus. Let us always invite Jesus to be on that path with us.
Individual Reflection: 1st Peter 1:17-21
On May 1st, the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, reflect on your work in light of the introduction to this day from the Daily Roman Missal: “Human labor, no matter how ordinary can be sanctified, which in turn can sanctify oneself and others making each of the faithful a participant in Christ’s work of redemption.”
Family Reflection: Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
May 3rd is the Feast of Apostles Sts Philip and James. As a family, read James 1:19-27 and chapter 2. Reflect on how you are living those words and prayerfully consider ways to live them more in depth.
Spend time prayerfully at the Blessed Sacrament to thank Jesus for breaking the bread and opening your eyes, as you have journeyed on your Road to Emmaus
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List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
By Barb Born April 19, 2017 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.