May 19, 2019: Fifth Sunday of Easter
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
Reflect on Pope Francis’ thoughts on how love prevents evil from suffocating the world
First Reading: Acts 14:21-27
Psalm: 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-13
Second Reading: Revelation 21:1-5a
Gospel: John 13:31-33a. 34-35
Catechism of the Catholic Church
The Law of the Gospel requires us to make the decisive choice between “the two ways” and to put into practice the words of the Lord. It is summed up in the Golden Rule, “Whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; this is the law and the prophets. The entire Law of the Gospel is contained in the “new commandment” of Jesus, to love one another as he has loved us. (1970) From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the, Fifth Sunday of Easter Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:
The definitive salvation that God offers to all humanity through his own Son does not come about outside of this world. While wounded by sin, the world is destined to undergo a radical purification (cf. 2 Pet 3:10) that will make it a renewed world (cf. Is 65:17, 66:22; Rev 21:1), finally becoming the place where “righteousness dwells” (2 Pet 3:13).
In his public ministry, Jesus makes use of natural elements. Not only is he a knowledgeable interpreter of nature, speaking of it in images and parables, but he also dominates it (cf. the episode of the calming of the storm in Mt 14:22-33; Mk 6:45-52; Lc 8:22-25; Jn 6:16-21). The Lord puts nature at the service of his plan of redemption. He asks his disciples to look at things, at the seasons and at people with the trust of children who know that they will never be abandoned by a provident Father (cf. Lk 11:11-13). Far from being enslaved by things, the disciple of Jesus must know how to use them in order to bring about sharing and brotherhood (cf. Lk 16:9-13). (453)
Not only is the inner man made whole once more, but his entire nature as a corporeal being is touched by the redeeming power of Christ. The whole of creation participates in the renewal flowing from the Lord’s Paschal Mystery, although it still awaits full liberation from corruption, groaning in travail (cf. Rom 8:19-23), in expectation of giving birth to “a new heaven and a new earth” (Rev 21:1) that are the gift of the end of time, the fulfillment of salvation. In the meantime, nothing stands outside this salvation. Whatever his condition of life may be, the Christian is called to serve Christ, to live according to his Spirit, guided by love, the principle of a new life, that brings the world and man back to their original destiny: “whether … the world or life or death or the present or the future, all are yours; and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s” (1 Cor 3:22-23). (455)
The Church, sharing in mankind’s joys and hopes, in its anxieties and sadness, stands with every man and woman of every place and time, to bring them the good news of the Kingdom of God, which in Jesus Christ has come and continues to be present among them. In the midst of mankind and in the world she is the sacrament of God’s love and, therefore, of the most splendid hope, which inspires and sustains every authentic undertaking for and commitment to human liberation and advancement. The Church is present among mankind as God’s tent of meeting, “God’s dwelling place among men” (cf. Rev 21:3), so that man is not alone, lost or frightened in his task of making the world more human; thus men and women find support in the redeeming love of Christ. As minister of salvation, the Church is not in the abstract nor in a merely spiritual dimension, but in the context of the history and of the world in which man lives. Here mankind is met by God’s love and by the vocation to cooperate in the divine plan. (60)
How can we love one another as Jesus has loved us if we do not listen to one another, talk to one another, work with one another, care for one another? For retreating from relationship to the world, closes opportunities to impart love. The affirmation of patience, kindness, generosity, hope and endurance void of jealously, pompous, inflated egos defines manifestation of love. To have the mind set that one need to fix one another, prove to them that you are right is void of love for one another for it is all about your own agenda. Self-appointed superiority in thought while tangling others in a web of belittlement, guilt and feelings of unworthiness. A protocol towards others rendering them into one’s self-defined realm of darkness where love is beyond view, outside the condemn’s grasp. A self-centered reality to mark others with diminished dignity, less worthy of Divine love, a condemnation inflicted to flaunt superiority. To perpetuate faith without love and welcome leaves the Gospel as a charade to warp the Word and Word made flesh into beliefs and mores void of the Lord. When people foster that persona, airwaves broadcast that message, screens express that opinion how will the world know we are His disciples if love is absent in a pounding proclamation of perfection? How it makes the mission of other disciples exceedingly challenging because the world is engrained with an image of faith as condescending rhetoric void of initiative to make faith active and visible indeed. An expression of our belief in the Son of God, Jesus Christ to keep His commandments and remain in Him as He remains in us by the Spirit He gave us. How if we are gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness with compassion, behold we can make all things refreshingly new in expression and action to open, not close doors of faith.
Individual Reflection: John 13:31-33a, 34-35
Reflect on how others will know you are a disciple of Jesus. From the love He has shown you, how do you live the new commandment to love one another?
Family Reflection: Acts 14:21-27
Take time to volunteer as a family this summer on a vacation or in your local community. If there are not family volunteer opportunities in your community work to develop such activities. Here are examples at Aquarium of the Pacific http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/volunteer/family and a regional food bank’s Izzy’s Corner https://www.feedoc.org/get-involved/volunteer/activities/
Read 1st Corinthians chapter 13 and prayerfully reflect how you can manifest love more authentically in the world.
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