Lectionary Reflections: Seventh Sunday of Easter [c] May 8, 2016

Engaging Faith | Mon, May 2, 2016

By John Bucki, SJ
Source: Center of Concern

Seventh Sunday of Easter [c]

May 8, 2016 


Acts 7:55-60

Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20

John 17:20-26



May 8: Mothers’ Day in the United States and Canada

May 15: International Day of Families

May 15: Pentecost



Excessive economic, social and cultural inequalities among peoples arouse tensions and conflicts, and are a danger to peace.

-Paul VI, Populorum Progressio, 76

May Christ inflame the desires of all people to break through the barriers which divide them, to strengthen the bonds of mutual love, to learn to understand one another, and to pardon those who have done them wrong. Through Christ’s power and inspiration may all peoples welcome each other to their hearts as brothers and sisters, and may the peace they long for ever flower and ever reign among them.

-John XXIII, Pacem in Terris, 171

According to the message of Christ, for which the people of the Old Covenant were to prepare humanity, salvation is offered to the whole of the human race, to every creature and to all nations.

-Pontifical Commission Justice and Peace, The Church and Racism: Towards a More Fraternal Society, November 3, 1988

The acquisition of worldly goods can lead people to greed, to the unrelenting desire for more, to the pursuit of greater personal power. Rich and poor alike—be they individuals, families or nations—can fall prey to avarice and soul stifling materialism. Neither individuals nor nations should regard the possession of more and more goods as the ultimate objective.  

-Paul VI, Populorum Progressio, 18-19

In the words of our Holy Father, we need a "moral about face." The whole world must summon the moral courage and technical means to say "no" to nuclear conflict; "no" to weapons of mass destruction; "no" to an arms race which robs the poor and the vulnerable; and "no" to the moral danger of a nuclear age which places before humankind indefensible choices of constant terror or surrender. Peacemaking is not an optional commitment. It is a requirement of our faith. We are called to be peacemakers, not by some movement of the moment, but by our Lord Jesus. The content and context of our peacemaking is set, not by some political agenda or ideological program, but by the teaching of his Church.

-U.S. Bishops, The Challenge of Peace, 333


Thoughts for Your Consideration

In the United States, Mother's Day was originally started after the Civil War, as a protest to the carnage of that war, by women who had lost their sons.  It was a call to the nation to act for peace and nonviolence. We need this call for peace to be made once again today.

War continues in Afghanistan, Syria, South Sudan and various other nations.  

Acts of terrorism continue to happen or to cause fear in the world.  

The preparations for war or defense continue in almost all nations.  

In light of all of this, we may find that the scriptures today challenge us to look again at war and all the things that lead us to war and violence.

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