April 26, 2020: Third Sunday of Easter
Catholic Social Teaching: Call to Family, Community and Participation
First Reading: Acts2:14, 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.509 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:
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)
We all journey. Our sojourn of faith plodding, running at times in our seeking. A journey within the conversation of our conscience, filtering our soul of distractions, emptying our thoughts of useless demeanors. The essence of coming to grips of the Divine seeking us and we welcoming the Divine with hospitality utilizing all the will of our physical, emotional and spiritual being. A journey to explore who God created uniquely in us and our freely giving our total self back to God. The union of Spirit breaking through barriers of doubt, misunderstandings, misinterpretations. The ability to define passion in a new paradigm, an all encompassing love no longer hindered by false pretenses. Journeying from who we were to continually unfolding in what the Divine longs for us. At times to pause and see who accompanies us on the journey, open to conversation, intense dialogue and the responsibility to ponder to buffer ourselves from anxious assumptions. The times we bare out soul to not shield ourselves in pretenses of false realities, but the openness of the stark nakedness of who we are and the profound reality around us. A place where our self-imposed spiritual inadequacies caressed by the wonder of God infuses us with hope to continue our journey and journey with others. Living with the reminder that the Kingdom of God has not ended at the cross or is to come, but present here and now. The statement proclaimed at the Last Supper fulfilled three days later in a shuttered room off a dusty road, far from the seat of religious and political power, as the day faded into twilight. The Kingdom of God continually unfolding each day in the breaking of the bread at the Eucharistic table and in our service to others. On our journey we allow our eyes to be opened to His presence when we sit at the table with the Lord. A communion with Him in humble simplicity and manifest when we commune likewise with humanity, envisioned with spiritual camaraderie. From hearing the Scriptures, we allow them to sear our hearts, igniting and illuminating a path for our journey. Causing us to bounce to our feet or place our hands on a keyboard in song or words, to recount our journey and how He was made know to us in the breaking of the bread. For each of us have journeyed on the road to Emmaus with Jesus, to know Him, to love Him and be His disciples.
Individual Reflection: Listen to Two Were Bound to Emmaus and share with five friends, asking them to reflect on their road to Emmaus journey:
When you are in Southern California (and churches reopen), visit Mission Basilica Church in San Juan Capistrano. At the Blessed Sacrament chapel, reflect on the contemporary painting of Jesus with two disciples he journeyed with on the road to Emmaus, as they gather at table and He breaks the bread. How does each family member see themselves in the painting?
Prayer: Pray for RCIA 2020, as they continue their extended journey to knowing Jesus in the breaking of the bread.
Blogs to Visit:
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.
Catholic Social Teaching offers seven principles for upholding life in our thoughts, decisions and actions.
How we do Catholic Social Teaching.
Creation sustainability ministry resources in the spirit of the St Francis Pledge.
Social Ministry Resources Engaging Parishes: Monthly and liturgical seasons resources for use with parish websites, bulletins and newsletters
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
By Barb Born April 21, 2020 (April 25th) The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.