Engaging Faith | Fri, Apr 1, 2016
Third Sunday of Easter [c]
April 10, 2016
Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41
John 21:1-19 or 21:1-14
April 11: President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act (1964)
April 11: Pacem in Terris (1963)
April 12: International Day for Street Children
April 18: Income Tax Day in the USA (moved from the 15th this year)
A great cultural, spiritual and educational challenge stands before us, and it will demand that we set out on the long path of renewal.
-Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 202
As individuals, as institutions, as a people, we need a change of heart to preserve and protect the planet for our children and for generations yet unborn.
-U.S. Bishops, Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence and the Common Good
Our nation has been blessed with great freedom, vibrant democratic traditions, unprecedented economic strengths, abundant natural resources, and a generous and religious people. Yet not all is right with our nation. Our prosperity does not reach far enough. Our culture does not lift us up; instead it may bring us down in moral terms. This new world we lead is still too dangerous, giving rise to ethnic cleansing and an inability to confront hunger and genocide. We are still falling short of the American pledge of “liberty and justice for all,” our declaration to defend the inalienable rights of the person--“life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
-U.S. Bishops, Faithful Citizenship: Civic Responsibility for a New Millennium
Catholic social teaching is built on a commitment to the poor. This commitment arises from our experiences of Christ in the Eucharist.
-U.S. Bishops, Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions
In the Sunday Eucharist, the believing heart opens wide to embrace all aspects of the church. But ... far from trying to create a narrow "gift" mentality, St. Paul calls rather for a demanding culture of sharing, to be lived not only among the members of the community itself but in society as a whole.
-Saint John Paul II, Dies Domini, 70
The Lord Jesus, our peace (Eph 2:14), by his resurrection triumphed over evil and sin. May he draw us closer on this Easter feast to the victims of terrorism, that blind and brutal form of violence which continues to shed blood in different parts of the world, as in the recent attacks in Belgium, Turkey, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire and Iraq. May he water the seeds of hope and prospects for peace in Africa; I think in particular of Burundi, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan, marked by political and social tensions.
-Pope Francis, Urbi et Orbi Message, Easter 2016
May our faith in the risen Christ enable us to be living signs in our world of the triumph of life and hope over evil, sin, and death.
-Pope Francis, 3 April 2013
Thoughts for Your Consideration
In the Acts of the Apostles the early church is persecuted for its belief. They members count the disgrace as a blessing. They are filled with courage. On fire with the presence of Christ, they “must obey God rather than human beings.” They are committed and they are filled with life.
In the second reading, John has an amazing vision. In the vision everything comes into perspective. John has a vision of the presence of Christ, the one who was slain, worshiped by all the creatures of the universe.
The gospel story is also a story about experiencing the presence of Christ. The seven disciples fish all night and catch nothing. Someone on the shore tells them to try again. They catch an abundance of fish. They share a meal on the shore. They realize that it is “the Lord.”
As Christians we believe that this presence of Christ is still with us today, especially in the lives of those who are in need or feel left out, especially in the struggle for peace and justice in our world. Christ is with us as we deal with our experience of the cross.
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