April 5, 2015: Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
Catholic Social Teaching: Life and Dignity of the Human Person
See reference to the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church for Acts 10:34
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, Cycle A, B, C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:
Acts 10: 34
“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)
Do we live our lives like we believe and have faith in the resurrection? If we call ourselves Christians, we must let our hope be arisen in a newness of life. As Christ is arisen from the dead, we must rise with courage to give witness of what saps our Church of vitality and wholeness, our world from accentuating positive paradigms. The litany of entombments can be illuminated and healed, by living the simplicity of the cross. A sacrifice of service, a continuing prophetic voice bearing witness to our hope. To live with the essence that we are forgiven, through Christ’s action with mercy enduring forever, we declare the works of the Lord with JOY! And we act as fresh yeast to leaven our world by involvement with sincerity and truth to unsettle traditional malice and wickedness. Each day is a gift the Lord has made. Let us rejoice, be glad and live every day with the hope of the resurrection and eternal glory.
Individual Reflection Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23
Each day this week share with someone why you rejoice and are glad for the day the Lord has made. A day not of our crafting, but of the Lord’s design.
Family Reflection John 20:1-9
Have each family member role play that they visited Jesus’ tomb on Easter morning. What would be their feelings, emotions in seeing the empty tomb? Who would they go and tell? How is visiting the tomb an analogy of living and sharing our faith each day?
Prayer: Colossians 3:1-4
Spend some quiet time on Easter reflecting upon the words of this scripture. What is your prayer to better seek what is above?
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By Barb Born, March 25, 2015 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.