May 15, 2011: 4th Sunday of Easter
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
First Reading: Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Second Reading: 1st Peter 2:20b-25
Taking a stand for peace guides us on the right paths. When the Word and Spirit cuts to our hearts, we have the courage to be patient and do what is good. Joining a vigil, holding a candle against the dark night sky illuminates our acceptance of the Lord’s message. Suffering may rest upon our minds by insults telling us hate, aggression and dominance should predominate our world. In peace, we return no insults for we have heard the Shepherd’s voice. We know words of disrespect destroy dignity and abundant life. To follow Him obliges us to take a visible stand and let people know the status quo is unacceptable. For our nation spending $1.3 trillion dollars annually for military appropriations, that amounts to one-half of the federal budget’s discretionary spending, saps funding for domestic and international poverty mitigation programs and job creation. The federal budget reflects the moral imperatives of our nation. For His name’s sake, we must advocate for peace by supporting funding for green jobs, education, poverty mitigation and humanitarian aid.
Individual Reflection: Psalm 23
Check when your regional peace organization will hold a peace vigil. Attend to be a visible symbol of supporting peace.
Family Reflection: 1st Peter 2:20b-25
Place a positive, peace orientated bumper sticker on the family car to be a visible sign that your family supports peace.
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