May 5, 2019: Third Sunday of Easter
Catholic Social Teaching: Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
First Reading: Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41
Psalm: 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13
Second Reading: Revelation 5:11-14
Catechism of the Catholic Church
The duty of Christians to take part in the life of the Church impels them to act as witnesses of the Gospel and of the obligations that flow from it. This witness is a transmission of the faith in words and deeds. Witness is an act of justice that establishes the truth or makes it known.
All Christians by the example of their lives and the witness of their word, wherever they live, have an obligation to manifest the new man which they have put on in Baptism and to reveal the power of the Holy Spirit by whom they were strengthened at Confirmation. (2472) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Third Sunday of Easter, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
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The darkness of Peter’s three time denial of discipleship or even being an acquaintance of Jesus might lead one to believe he was doomed from friendship with the Lord. Even though Peter experiences the risen Lord, confusion raked him. Unable to discern living in the Spirit of the Resurrection, he returned to his old ways. An escape from reality, fleeing the quandary by jumping into the familiarity of a fishing boat with his colleagues in an attempt to anchor his life with the past. Effort to reengage in former ways led to a night of darkness and futility. Only when following Jesus’ commands, from words the Lord uttered out of concern for quenching their physical and spiritual hunger, did Peter and his cohorts experience fulfillment, a soulful satisfaction. A symbolic representation of their new life of fishing for people to follow the Lord and His ways. One hundred fifty-three large fish bountifully filling the nets, representing the diversity of humanity they would be called to share their encounter with the Lord and His mores.
Once fed with bread and fish, Jesus invited Peter into a dialogue of reconciliation. A conversation rooted in love, a bond of communion in a new way of life. A sacrificial life rooted to feed and tend to the needs of others. To dispel the three denials uttered in darkness, the three affirmations of love proclaimed in the light of day exposed the sincere yearnings of Peter’s soul to follow Jesus. An invitation from Jesus that He desires faith lived in concern for others, not prioritizing an internalized faith of introspection. Finding the articulation of love, Jesus says two simple words, “Follow me.” No need to wander, search, take into the deep water, but follow His words and witness of encounter, welcome, mercy and to do likewise. An example Peter and the apostles took to heart by filling Jerusalem with witnesses in obedience to God and not the dictates of man, even before the high priest of the Sanhedrin. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, they rejoiced for being found worthy to suffer dishonor in the courts of men for the sake of Jesus’ name.
We should take heart in Peter’s renewal from denial to affirmation and accept Jesus’ invitation to enter into His love. A transformative love orientating our lives to service of others in His name. For this is to experience a life time of His goodwill to exit our nighttime of weeping to enter the dawn of rejoicing with our mourning turned into dancing.
Individual Reflection: John 21:1-19
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Family Reflection: Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13
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Tender Shepherd, thank you for being the God of second chances. Help us to embrace the calling you give us to care for the people you place in our paths. We pray in your name. Amen.
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