COC

Easter Sunday

Engaging Faith | Tue, Apr 13, 2010

By John Bucki, S.J.
Source: Center of Concern

 
Easter Sunday

April 4, 2010

Readings

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

Calendar

April 7: World Health Day http://www.who.int/world-health-day/en/

Quote

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

The power of the Spirit, who raised Christ from the dead, is continuously at work in the world. Through the generous sons and daughters of the Church likewise, the People of God is present in the midst of the poor and of those who suffer oppression and persecution; it lives in its own flesh and its own heart the Passion of Christ and bears witness to his resurrection.

Synod of Bishops, Justice in the World, 74

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

The Risen Christ signals the paths of hope along which we can advance together towards a world more just and mutually supportive, in which the blind egoism of the few will not prevail over the cries of pain of the many, reducing entire peoples to conditions of degrading misery.

May the message of life proclaimed by the angel near the stone rolled back from the tomb overturn the hardness of our hearts; may it lead to removing unjustified barriers and promote a fruitful exchange between peoples and cultures.

May the image of the new human being, shining on the face of Christ, cause everyone to acknowledge the inalienable value of human life; may it encourage effective responses to the increasingly felt demand for justice and equal opportunity in all areas of society; may it impel individuals and States to full respect for the essential and authentic rights rooted in the very nature of the human person.

John Paul II, Urbi et Orbi Message, Easter, 23 April 2000


 

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.

The data of Good Friday is not complete.

Another way of looking at things is possible.

The reality is different than first expected.

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, we are called to share Resurrection today.

Todays 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, and serious injustices of all kinds, we believe something more is possible. We affirm life. We believe that resurrection is possible.

Change is possible. Growth is possible. Peace and reconciliation are possible. Something new is possible. Healing of relationships is possible. Liberation for the poor and oppressed is possible. Social change is possible. Nations can work together for justice and peace. People can stand up and demand human rights. Society can provide health care for all. There is enough food so that everyone can eat if we only learn how to distribute it. All our children can have access to a good education. All people can have meaningful employment. We can live in a way that does not destroy the planet. We can work to end war and violence. We can live in solidarity.

Our world knows the tragedy of divisions and hatreds between peoples and nations.

Our world knows the scandal of poverty and economic injustice.

Right now the developed world is continues to struggle with the effects of a serious recession.

Meanwhile, the developing world has been dealing with an ongoing recession for a long time.

More than ever the world needs to experience resurrection.

More than ever we need a spirit that will help and heal the death, violence, and injustice of the world. More than ever we need to create a world where people are not oppressed by sinful structures. Peter in Acts reminds us that Jesus went about doing good and healing all those oppressed . We are called to do the same.

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.

Questions for Reflection in your Faith Sharing Group

In todays letter to the Corinthians we read: 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. Name the malice and wickedness you see around us. Name the places of sincerity and truth.

+++++

When have your experienced the cycle of death & resurrection in your own ministry?

 

Actions Links

Catholic Confront Global Poverty

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) call on Catholics in the United States to confront global poverty. Advocate with us to end hunger, disease, conflict, and other issues that affect the lives of our brothers and sisters worldwide. http://www.usccb.org/sdwp/globalpoverty/

Apr 7, 2010: World Health Day

World Health Day 2010 focuses on urbanization and health. Events are being organized around the world between April 7 and 11. http://www.who.int/world-health-day/2010/en/index.html

Crazy Facts

With five years to go to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on improving the source of drinking-water there is still much work to be done:

* 884 million people still do not use an improved source of drinking-water;

* rural habitants are 5 times less likely to use improved drinking water than those in urban centers.

http://www.who.int/research/en/

Prayers of Intersession

Response: Risen Jesus, lead us to new life.

For an end to the death and suffering that follows from our wars and fighting, we pray.

For an end to the death and suffering that follows from poverty and economic injustice, we pray.

For an end to all our policies and practices that do not respect life, we pray..

For an end to all the distortions caused in our economic system that are caused by human greed, we pray.

For a new spirit of care and respect for every human person, we pray.

For a new spirit of joyful acceptance of our diversity, we pray.

For a new era without war and the preparations for way, we pray..

For a renewed human community, healed of all divisions, we pray.

 

Prayers

Lord Jesus, our Peace,

Word made flesh two thousand years ago,

who by rising from the dead have conquered evil and sin,

grant the human family of the third millennium

a just and lasting peace;

Bring to a happy outcome the talks undertaken

by people of good will who,

despite so many doubts and difficulties,

are trying to bring an end to the troubling conflicts in Africa,

the armed clashes in some countries of Latin America,

the persistent tensions affecting

the Middle East, vast areas of Asia,

and some parts of Europe.

Help the nations to overcome old and new rivalries,

by rejecting attitudes of racism and xenophobia.

May the whole of creation,

inundated by the splendor of the Resurrection,

rejoice because the brightness of the eternal One

has vanquished the darkness of the world.

URBI et ORBI Message of John Paul II, Easter, 23 April 2000

================

May the Lord remove from the heart of all human beings

every trace of resentment, of hostility and of hate,

and open them to reconciliation,

to solidarity and to peace.

~ John Paul II, October 11, 2001