April 20, 2014: Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
Catholic Social Teaching: Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
“The common good’s inclusiveness can only be recognized when the most vulnerable and marginalized in our midst, locally and globally, are active participants. When they lack the basic necessities of life, humanity denies their dignity.”
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.526 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.”527 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)
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Do we really live like we believe in the liberating forgiveness of our sins? Does the reality of the empty tomb fill us with belief? On the other 364 days of the year, do we live like Resurrection people? Do we let the renewal of our baptismal promise delete the empty show we try to amuse our self with? Or do we let the charades of our lives stick to our ways, like jelly beans sticking to our teeth, in the crevasses of our souls?
Easter is a Sunday, a mass to model all the other 51 weeks of the year after. To leave the pew believing we are forgiven and living with that liberation. To forgive others, practice peace-making, living as a new batch of dough percolating with fresh yeast, a newness of life with sincerity and truth to declare the works of the Lord. Jesus is not in the tomb, so where will you seek Him this week? For in belief, if He is absent from your midst, you realize life is askew. The nudge of the prophets to see where He is waiting and see His face in people you would not have the courage to talk with or involved in issues that you would previously deemed irrelevant or paralyze you in fear. Jesus left the tomb to continually feed us, remind us to look in the darkness and ask questions about the rejected, despised and exploited. This will help us to understand that Jesus had to rise from the dead. For if we do not live like we have experienced the forgiveness and newness of life of the Resurrection, we cannot paradoxically SEE Christ in the oppressed or BE Christ’s hands and feet in the world. To live as people of the Resurrection means living everyday as the Lord made it, with rejoicing and gladness. Belief not to sooth our souls in frivolity, but we bask in the warmth of service to whom and where we find Jesus present today. A warmth in our attitude and actions chases the chill from darkness. For we embrace the light of the Easter candle and surrender to become the wax that melts in service, only when we savor the mystery of “Take and eat my body,” to absorb forgiveness and transformation that comes with newness of life.
Individual Reflection: 1st Corinthians 5:6b-8
This week bake bread, cake or cookies and share them at a local shelter. Take time to listen to the people’s challenges. What might your parish do to address their challenges?
Family Reflection: John 20:1-9
Throughout the Easter Season, each week plan an activity, as a family, to live as Resurrection people.
Lord thank you for letting us share in the grace of your Paschal Mystery. Give us courage and strength to go and tell of its meaning by our presence where it seems forgotten, offer its hope when it is beyond words. Thank you Lord for the gift of liberation and the newness of purpose in our lives. It is wonderful in our eyes, for we remember where we have been, celebrate the journey we are on and believe with rejoicing and gladness the eternal promise.
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By Barb Born April 7, 2014 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern