May 29, 2011: 6th Sunday of Easter
Catholic Social Teaching: Life and Dignity of the Human Person
First Reading: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17
Second Reading: 1st Peter 3:15-18
Gospel: John 14: 15-21
Do you HAVE Jesus’ commandments? Not a harsh mandate, but a gift of freedom rooted in love. A love we profess in action and in turn we receive the love of the Lord and His Father. Knowing we are not spiritual orphans, we readily share with others our hope. With reverence for all people, we express our hope not in dogma, but gentleness in doing good for the will of God. With the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, we pray and offer joyful praise. We see the works of God in miracles, creation and when people venture into Samarian experiences. For in crossing human boundaries to erase past differences, a dialogue of compassion affirms the dignity of all as God’s children, so we become brothers and sisters. On that day, we realize, with a clear conscience, that abiding in the love of Jesus and the Father, with the Advocate of truth, leads us on the path of peace in our soul and into the world.
Individual Reflection: John 14:15-21
On the Internet, read paragraph 70 of the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church. List five ways you currently “proclaim the Gospel in the context of society”. Reflect upon how you could additionally proclaim the Gospel in your daily responsibilities and implement one idea in the coming week.
Family Reflection: Psalm 66
Get out and experience creation ! Plan to participate in American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day on June 4th or National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Backyard Campout on June 25th.
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