Engaging Faith | Wed, May 12, 2010
Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 2, 2010
John 13:31-33a, 34-35
May 1: May Day, International Worker’s Day, Feast of St. Joseph the WorkerMay 9: Mother’s Day in the United States and Canada
The Christian message does not inhibit men and women from building up the world, or make them disinterested in the welfare of their fellow human beings: on the contrary it obliges them more fully to do these very things.John Paul II The Old Testament prophets emphasize that worship and prayer are not pleasing to God unless they are accompanied by practical works of justice and charity. …, we must acknowledge the call to commit ourselves ever more generously to working for justice and the liberation of the oppressed. John Paul II, General Audience, Jan. 10, 2001Solidarity is... a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good. It is... squarely opposed to greed and the thirst for power.Pope John Paul II
Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.
We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something. Mother Teresa
Thoughts for your consideration
The Book of Revelations proclaims: “God’s dwelling is with the human race.” God is involved with the diverse things of the world. The Christian life is not simply about the next world. God is concerned with our daily life and our relationships. God is concerned with the works of justice and peace -- with the work of social transformation and liberation for all men and women.
In the gospel, we are reminded that the Glory of God appears even as Jesus is about to be betrayed. In Acts, we see the glory of God appearing again and again as Paul and Barnabas travel around and commend many communities to the power of God’s Spirit. God is involved in the complexity and struggle of life. There is something wonderfully maternal about the spirit of God. God is involved as a mother is involved with her children – and is with them in their success and failure – in their hopes and dreams and disappointments and struggles.
The opening paragraph of Vatican II’s Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes, puts it very well:
The joys and hopes, the grief and anguish of the people of our time, especially of those who are poor or afflicted, are the joys and hopes, the grief and anguish of the followers of Christ as well. Nothing that is genuinely human fails to find an echo in their hearts. For theirs is a community of people united in Christ and guided by the Holy Spirit in their pilgrimage towards the Father's kingdom, bearers of a message of salvation for all of humanity. That is why they cherish a feeling of deep solidarity with the human race and its history.
Questions for Reflection in your Faith Sharing Group
The Book of Revelations proclaims: “God’s dwelling is with the human race.”How have you experienced God in your local community?How is God calling to you (us) in the experiences of our communities?How is God calling to you (us) in the struggles of our communities? +++++ Jesus says “This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”How have you experienced this love in your local community?How have you experienced this love in the global Christian community?
Actions - Links
The Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched a new Web site to help campus ministers and college students promote Catholic social teaching on campus. "Transforming Our World: Our Catholic Faith in Action," is at http://www.usccb.org/campus/
Co-op America is an organization whose “mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.” http://www.coopamerica.org/ On their Take Action page you can send e-mails to speak up on environmental issues.http://www.coopamerica.org/takeaction/
Almost half the world — over three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day.
At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day.http://www.globalissues.org/article/26/poverty-facts-and-stats#src1
Prayers of Intercession
Response: God, fill us with hope and love as we engage in life.For our children and for all the children of the world, that they may all share in the gifts and resources of the world, we pray….For all the people of the world who live out their lives in places of war and constant violence, we pray….For all the people and families of our world that do not have meaning work with a living wage, we pray….For all people who are confined in prisons, we pray….For all people who are in hospitals or nursing homes, we pray….For all who are struggling with the pain of mental illness, we pray….For all individuals who do not experience the love and support of community, we pray….
PrayerMay humanity find in you, O Lord, the courage to oppose
in solidarity the many evils that afflict it.
In particular, may it find the strength to face the inhuman,
and unfortunately growing, phenomenon of terrorism,
which rejects life and brings anguish and uncertainty
to the daily lives of so many hard-working and peaceful people.
May your wisdom enlighten men and women of good will
in the required commitment against this scourge.May the work of national and international institutions
hasten the overcoming of the present difficulties
and favor progress towards a more effective
and peaceful world order.
May world leaders be confirmed and sustained
In their efforts to resolve satisfactorily the continuing conflicts
that cause bloodshed in certain regions of Africa,
Iraq and the Holy Land.
You, firstborn of many brothers and sisters, grant that all
who consider themselves children of Abraham
may rediscover the unity that they share
and that prompts in them designs of cooperation and peace.May the temptation to seek revenge
give way to the courage to forgive;
may the culture of life and love
render vain the logic of death;
may trust once more give breath to the lives of peoples.
Urbi et Orbi Message of John Paul II Easter Sunday, 11 April 2004