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June 12, 2011: Pentecost Sunday
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
First Reading: Acts 2:1-11
Second Reading: 1st Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13
Gospel: John 20:19-23
In addition, the Second Reading from the Vigil Mass was incorporated into the reflection: Romans 8:22-27
Prepared with a blessing of peace, the disciples received the gift of the Holy Spirit. If our lives wrestle in turmoil, distractions or distrust, we ignore that same gift. Only when we root ourselves in peace can we reflect upon our weakness, our inability to pray, so the Spirit intercedes and is manifest in our lives. We each receive different spiritual gifts for different forms of service. All gifts bestowed by the same Spirit serve the same Lord in the workings of the same God. That unity of the Trinity, we are asked to live by how we offer peace to others and take initiative in the Lord sending us to be His body. This unity can be manifest in our parishes when social justice ministries collaborate and integrate outreach into the fabric of parish life. To live as Communities of Salt and Light reflects the Holy Spirit present and active in our lives. We live with the words of Confirmation infused in our hearts and present in the work of our hands by knowing the Holy Spirit is our helper and guide, gives us a Spirit of wisdom, understanding, right judgement, courage, knowledge, reverence, wonder and awe to be in God’s presence.
Individual Reflection: 1st Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13
On the USCCB website read Communities of Salt and Light. Reflect upon how your parish might more fully implement this framework and prayerfully, under guidance of the Holy Spirit, how might you use your gifts in some of the components.
Family Reflection: John 20:19-23
As a family, together pray the Prayer to the Holy Spirit for one week. After those seven days talk about what it has meant to your faith:
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth. O God, You instructed the hearts of those who believe in You by the light of the Holy Spirit. Grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise and ever to rejoice in His consolation; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The reflection may be reproduced for use in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concerns.
May 8, 2011: Third Sunday of Easter
Catholic Social Teaching: Call to Family, Community and Participation
First Reading: Acts 2:14, 22-33
Second Reading: 1st Peter 1:17-21
Gospel: Luke 24:13-35
On our sojourn through life, our realization is we are ransomed from futility by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross of His precious blood. The gift of salvation awaits our eternal destiny but also permeates our worldly realities of the economy, labor, technology, communications, society, politics, the international community and relations among cultures and peoples. Salvation embeds our whole being and all mankind. (Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, paragraph 1)
With this opened up to us in the Scriptures, we journey a path flanked in reverence at the imperishable nature of abiding in the Lord’s presence. The path also abounds in joy, as we recount to those we meet how Jesus is made known to us each time we feast on the bread that is broken. The reverence and awe, the joy and hope makes us realize our daily physical, economic and social reality is not devoid of a spiritual context. Downcast chatter, dwelling on past disappointments, vanishes into profound present day realities. We only must ask Jesus to stay with us and offer His blessings. Our eyes will be opened. As our hands receive what Jesus gives, He asks us to live as witnesses to salvation by seeking the common good and well being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.
Individual Reflection: Psalm 16
Ask those at your parish that were baptized or received into full communion with the Church this Easter season to attend a social justice ministry meeting.
Family Reflection: Luke 24:13-35
Instead of buying a loaf of bread at the grocery store make a loaf. Talk about the steps to mix, rise and bake the bread. When a handmade loaf of bread is served with dinner, how does it become a more central element of the meal? When you take time with your faith to pray, study the Word and help others — put effort into living your faith– is it more meaningful?
The reflection may be reproduced in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concerns.