Engaging Faith | Tue, Apr 11, 2017
Easter Sunday [a]
April 16, 2017
Acts 10:34a, 37-43
Colossians 9 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8
John 20:1-9 or Mark 16:1-7 or Luke 24:13-35
April 16: Easter Sunday
April 22: Earth Day
April 22: March for Science
Genuine progress does not consist in wealth sought for personal comfort or for its own sake; rather it consists in an economic order designed for the welfare of the human person, where the daily bread that each person receives reflects the glow of human love and the helping hand of God.
-Paul VI, Populorum Progressio, 86
Hope in the coming kingdom is already beginning to take root in the hearts of people. The radical transformation of the world in the Paschal Mystery of the Lord gives full meaning to the efforts of people, and in particular of the young, to lessen injustice, violence and hatred and to advance all together in justice, freedom, kinship and love.
-Synod of Bishops, Justice in the World, 76
By immersing ourselves into the death and resurrection of Christ through the Sacrament of Baptism, we are moved to free our hearts every day from the burden of material things, from a self-centered relationship with the “world” that impoverishes us and prevents us from being available and open to God and our neighbor.
-Benedict XVI, 2011 Message for Lent, 3
Francis of Assisi tells us we should work to build peace. But there is no true peace without truth! There cannot be true peace if everyone is his own criterion, if everyone can always claim exclusively his own rights, without at the same time caring for the good of others, of everyone, on the basis of the nature that unites every human being on this earth.
-Pope Francis, March 22, 2013
Being with Jesus demands that we go out from ourselves, and from living a tired and habitual faith.
-Pope Francis @Pontifex March 27, 2013
O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
-Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 246
Let us sing as we go. May our struggles and our concern for this planet never take away the joy of our hope.
-Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 244
Thoughts for Your Consideration
An understanding of resurrection which does not address issues of justice is shallow and not consistent with the spirit of Jesus who lived, died, and rose to bring an end to all oppression and injustice and to bring together the whole world in peace.
The death of Jesus is not the last word or the end of the story.
Resurrection is the ultimate word of God about life and death.
In a world with lots of death and suffering, we are called to share Resurrection today.
In a world that seeks justice, we are invited to be people of the Resurrection.
Today’s letter to the Corinthians reminds us that something new is possible: “Let us celebrate the feast, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” In the midst of awesome human problems, great social sins, all kinds of violence, extreme economic inequalities, destruction to our planet, terrorism and war, ecological destruction, and serious injustices of all kinds, we believe something more is possible. We affirm life. We believe that resurrection is possible.
To read the rest of this reflection from John Bucki, S.J., as well as his reflection questions, faith in action links, prayers of intercession, and prayer meditations, become a member of Education for Justice: http://www.coc.org/EFJ-New.
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