April 21, 2019: Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
Readings for Mass during the day
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
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, Cycle 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)
Were you there the past three sacred days to experience the Paschal Triduum, thru the lens of your journey? What feelings moved you to continue on through the unending liturgy of Holy Thursday, Good Friday to the light of the Easter Vigil? Could you live the awe of Mary of Magdala, the first person to witness the resurrection, by finding the empty tomb and meeting Jesus? Do you live His exhortation to tell others of your joy? Now is not the time for over indulgence of chocolate eggs and toasted Peeps on the BBQ grill, but to reflect in deep recollection of what the resurrection means anew this Easter Day. How do you reflect the hope into the world? How do you bring light into the world’s darkness? Let us be leaven in the world ! A new, fresh yeast to clear out the old yeast seeking to sour the Church and exert its influence on the world stoking division. Cloaked in religiosity, a stale yeast dismissing with spiritual malice and wickedness, countless people and groups as untouchables, sinners. The very people Jesus welcomed in His ministry. May Easter give us the hope to question the stale yeast’s paradigm dismissing the breadth of challenges in the world as irrelevant to faith. As a counter point in sincerity, may our faith express our love of God and neighbor as we see Christ in every person face to face or in global solidarity, along with all creation. In truth, may we live the primacy of love to blot out hate. A love God showed in sending His Son. A love Christ showed on the cross. A love instilled by the Holy Spirit in each of our lives to activate a compassionate faith. For we live to declare the works of the Lord this Easter Day and everyday. Let us rejoice and be glad ! Alleluia !
Individual Reflection: John 20:1-9
Attend mass each day during the Octave of Easter to continue the celebration of Easter
Family Reflection: 1st Corinthians 5:6b-8
During the fifty days of the Easter season how will your family act as leaven to bring hope into the world?
Prayer: Reflect upon the Easter Proclamation of the Easter Vigil: The Exsultet
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List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice websites
By Barb Born April 15, 2019 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.