May 12, 2013:The Ascension of the Lord
Catholic Social Teaching: Call to Family, Community and Participation
“The person is not only sacred but social. How we organize our society—in economics and politics, in law and policy—directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community…”
Themes from Catholic Social Teaching, USCCB
First Reading: Acts 1:1-11
Psalm: 47:2-3, 6-7,8-9
Second Reading: Ephesians 1:17-23 or Hebrews 9:24-28; 10:19-23
Gospel: Luke 24: 46-53
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
God, in Christ, redeems not only the individual person, but also social relations existing between men…life in Christ makes the human person’s identity and social sense—with their concrete consequences on the historical and social planes—emerge fully in a new manner…Church communities, brought together by the message of Jesus Christ and gathered in the Holy Spirit round the Risen Lord, offer themselves as places of communion, witness and mission, and as catalysts for the redemption and transformation of social relationships.” (52)
Ephesians 1:22-23 paragraph 327
Jesus led the disciples out as far as Bethany and blessed them as he parted up to heaven. Bethany, a place of abiding friendship with Mary, Martha and Lazarus. A place of miracles as Lazarus was raised to a newness of life. A place of conversion to role away stones of bondage. Bethany a place to see the glory of God infusing belief in life with great joy. In our quest for justice, do we let Jesus draw us to that place of Bethany? A place where we build friendships, to dissolve self-centered agendas. A place to roll away stones of bondage to free people from fear to step forth in action. A place of belief, that God nurtures, so we don’t question Jesus’ request to untie and let go the Lazaruses society entombs socially, politically and economically.
Individual Reflection: Luke 24:46-53
Read Fr. John Dear’s book Lazarus, Come Forth.
Family Reflection: Ephesians 1:17-23
Have each family member share, how those who have been mothers in their lives, enlightened the eyes of their hearts to hope.
Blogs to Visit
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice web sites.
By Barb Born May 1, 2013 The reflection may be used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concerns.