Lectionary Reflections: Fourth Sunday of Easter [c] April 17, 2016

Engaging Faith | Thu, Apr 7, 2016

By John Bucki, SJ
Source: Center of Concern

Fourth Sunday of Easter [c]

April 17, 2016


Acts 13:14, 43-52

Revelations 7:9, 14b-17

John 10:27-30



April 18: Income Tax Day in the USA (moved from the 15th this year)

April 22: Earth Day

April 22: Jewish Passover begins at sunset



Sad to say, it is all too evident that large numbers of people in different countries and areas of our planet are experiencing increased hardship because of the negligence or refusal of many others to exercise responsible stewardship over the environment. 

-Benedict XVI, 2010 Message for World Day of Prayer for Peace

The life and words of Jesus and the teaching of his Church call us to serve those in need and to work actively for social and economic justice. As a community of believers, we know that our faith is tested by the quality of justice among us, that we can best measure our life together by how the poor and the vulnerable are treated. 

-U.S. Bishops, Economic Justice for All, 8

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

I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.

-Pope Francis, 18 March 2013

He asks us to replace consumption with sacrifice, greed with generosity, wastefulness with a spirit of sharing, an asceticism which “entails learning to give, and not simply to give up. It is a way of loving, of moving gradually away from what I want to what God’s world needs.”

-Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 9

Human being, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start, despite their mental and social conditioning. 

-Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 205


Thoughts for Your Consideration

In the gospel, Jesus says: “I give them eternal life.”  What does this mean? 

There are, of course, many levels of meaning. However, in light of the Incarnation, we cannot focus simply on eternal life in some other future world.  Jesus is concerned with what promotes eternal life in the present. We might want to say that Jesus is expressing his concern for all the things that promote a full human life:

Food, water, health care, decent housing

Community, compassion, solidarity

Spirituality, freedom, spirit

Human rights, an end to all racism, a respect for every human person

Justice, peace, righteousness, virtue.

A healthy planet, care for our common home, sharing resources with the poor

In the context of the first two readings we must see this divine concern as a universal concern – a concern that goes out to all the men and women of our world.

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