April 12, 2020: Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
Catholic Social Teaching: Life and Dignity of the Human Person
As Easter People a call to live justly:
First Reading: Acts 10:34a, 37-43
Psalm: 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23
Second Reading: Colossians 3:1-4 or 1st Corinthians 5:6b-8
Gospel: John 20:1-9
Catechism of the Catholic Church
The Paschal mystery has two aspects: by his death, Christ liberates us from sin; by his Resurrection, he opens for us the way to a new life. This new life is above all justification that reinstates us in God’s grace, “so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” Justification consists in both victory over the death caused by sin and a new participation in grace. It brings about filial adoption so that men become Christ’s brethren, as Jesus himself called his disciples after his Resurrection: “Go and tell my brethren.” We are brethren not by nature, but by the gift of grace, because that adoptive filiation gains us a real share in the life of the only Son, which was fully revealed in his Resurrection. (654)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, Mass during the day, Cycles A, B and C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:
“God shows no partiality” (Acts 10:34; cf. Rom 2:11; Gal 2:6; Eph 6:9), since all people have the same dignity as creatures made in his image and likeness. The Incarnation of the Son of God shows the equality of all people with regard to dignity: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:28; cf. Rom 10:12; 1 Cor 12:13, Col 3:11).
Since something of the glory of God shines on the face of every person, the dignity of every person before God is the basis of the dignity of man before other men. Moreover, this is the ultimate foundation of the radical equality and brotherhood among all people, regardless of their race, nation, sex, origin, culture, or class. (144)
The Resurrection was not a spur of the moment, harried happening, but a concise, ordered proclamation of salvation history. Neatness of folded burial clothes showed a deliberate act. The opportunity for Mary of Magdala, present in all four Gospel accounts to the Resurrection, but this time alone, arriving before the crack of dawn in the darkness of early morning, to find the stone removed from the tomb. The anxiousness of her seeking the Lord, who she had faithfully followed. An opportunity to spring into action as the first disciple running, with vigor, to the abode of Simon Peter and the Beloved Disciple. Were they awakened, startled, compelling them to run to the tomb, in the darkness, seeking answers out of fear or possible lingering confrontation with powers who orchestrated the crucifixion? But in reality they were on a deep spiritual journey into the ancient mystery of God. An encounter with I Am foreshadowed in the transfiguration, but now affirmed in encounters of His presence, as the risen Lord. The opportunity to believe or remain confounded by Scripture’s proclamation of Jesus rising from the dead. Coming face to face with the mystery, one can muddle along looking to grasp ways of the past or have the profound encounter to see and believe. For as Christ rose from the dead to walk forth from the tomb, He helps us to rise above trusting what is of the earth and instead seek what is from above to define who we are and the purpose for our existence. The experience of dispensing old yeast that left us sinking under the weight of despair to the bouncy of new yeast letting us rise to freshen and refresh our lives and the world around us with sincerity and truth. An opportunity to dispel malice and wickedness permissive by influences denying the message of the Resurrection for all. Since the action of the Lord affirms love, relishes mercy, bestows grace for all humanity, with which we respond, “This is the day the Lord has made, Let us rejoice and be glad.” As the prophets bore witness to the spiritual essence of Jesus, we too must follow their promptings and the fervor of Mary of Magdala. To live as disciples and support others on their journey in the dark of night or brilliance of the day to see and believe. For the blessings of Easter does not conclude on Easter Sunday, but continues each day for all eternity.
Individual Reflection: John 20:1-9
Learn about resources affirming Mary of Magdala as a disciple in our faith tradition and the relevance of her actions for our Church today:
Family Reflection: Colossians 3:1-4
The Easter Vigil liturgy incorporates baptism and renewal of baptismal promises. As a family, reflect upon each family members’ baptism and the precepts of baptismal promises each is called to live.
Reflect upon the Easter Exsultet and Sequence
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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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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
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