Engaging Faith | Mon, May 1, 2017
Fourth Sunday of Easter [a]
May 7, 2017
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
1 Peter 2:20b-25
May 8: World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day
May 8-9: Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives During the
Second World War
May 9: National Teacher Day
May 10: World Migratory Bird Day
May 14: Mother’s Day in the United States and Canada
The ministries which exist and are at work at this time in the Church are all, even in their variety of forms, a participation in Jesus Christ’s own ministry as the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep, the humble servant who gives himself without reserve for the salvation of all.
- John Paul II, Christifideles Laici, 21
In teaching us charity, the Gospel instructs us in the preferential respect due to the poor and the special situation they have in society: the more fortunate should renounce some of their rights so as to place their goods more generously at the service of others.
- Paul VI, Octogesima Adveniens, 23
Inequality is the root of social evil.
- Pope Francis @Pontifex April 28, 2014
Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II were not afraid to look upon the wounds of Jesus, to touch his torn hands and his pierced side. They were not ashamed of the flesh of Christ, they were not scandalized by him, by his cross; they did not despise the flesh of their brother (cf. Is 58:7), because they saw Jesus in every person who suffers and struggles. These were two men of courage, filled with the parrhesia of the Holy Spirit, and they bore witness before the Church and the world to God’s goodness and mercy.
- Pope Francis, April 27, 2014
The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience. Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor.
- Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 2
Thoughts for Your Consideration
A world that makes real the loving care of the Good Shepherd must work to put an end to all kinds of abuse that may be endured by God’s people. We must not forget those who are abused by unjust economic systems, children who are denied a good education or proper nutrition, nations whose people are abused by mountains of debt and by the policies of international financial institutions, those who have been victims of sexual abuse, those who work hard yet get something less than a living wage, the planet which is abused by our energy use and our stress on profits, women who are denied basic human or economic rights, and all who are abused in any way by the structures of injustice.
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