Engaging Faith | Tue, Apr 29, 2014
Third Sunday of Easter [a]
May 4, 2014
Copyright @ 2014, Center of Concern
Acts 2:14, 22-33
1 Peter 1:17-21
May 1: May Day, International Workerís Day, Feast of St. Joseph the Worker
May 3: World Press Freedom Day
May 6: National Teacher Day
May 8: World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day
May 11: Motherís Day in the United States
However tiring, the road to Emmaus leads from a sense of discouragement and bewilderment to the fullness of Easter faith. Ö As the light of the risen Christ illumines the whole universe, we can only express solidarity with all our brothers and sisters in the Middle East who have been caught in a maelstrom of armed violence and retaliation. The roar of weapons must give way to the voice of reason and conscience: sincere concern for the legitimate aspirations of all peoples and the scrupulous observance of international law are the only way to bring the parties back to the negotiating table and to mark out a path of brotherhood for those peoples.
- John Paul II, 18 April 2001
We must not let ourselves fall into the vortex of pessimism. Faith can move mountains!
- Pope Francis @Pontifex April 25, 2014
Peace must be built on the basis of justice in a world where the personal and social consequences of sin are evident.
- US Bishops, The Challenge of Peace, #56
Like the disciples of Emmaus, believers, supported by the living presence of the risen Christ, become in turn the traveling companions of their brothers and sisters in trouble, offering them the word which rekindles hope in their hearts. With them they break the bread of friendship, brotherhood and mutual help. This is how to build the civilization of love. This is how to proclaim the hoped-for coming of the new heavens and the new earth to which we are heading.
- John Paul II, Jubilee Day of Migrants and Refugees
Solidarity... is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say, to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all.
- John Paul II, Solicitudo Rei Socialis, 38
A simple lifestyle is good for us, helping us to better share with those in need.
- Pope Francis @Pontifex April 2, 2014
Thoughts for your consideration
It is no accident that the Risen Christ is discovered in the breaking of bread which takes place after the sharing of stories and questions on the road. The sharing of bread and the sharing of stories both bring people together. People begin to see things in a new way. In these experiences God is discovered. We discover God in new ways when we listen to the stories of people, especially those who are in any struggling or in need. We discover God when we share our own story. We discover God in the sharing of what we have been given, in the sharing of food. We discover God in the death of resurrection of Jesus and in the dying and rising of people today.
The gospel story is a story of discovery, of finding God in the unexpected. It challenges us to look for God in the unexpected ñ especially in welcoming the stranger and the needy. Maybe, now is the time for us to learn anew from the wars in which we are involved. Maybe now is a time for us to reflect on the needs of immigrants and people of other ethnic and national backgrounds. Maybe now is the time for us to learn from the religious experience of others and from their struggle for justice.
The social teaching of the church is concerned with the nourishment of all the people of the world ñ spiritually and also physically. Whenever we share the Eucharist ñ whenever we break bread together -- we cannot but be aware of all those who are hungry. We cannot but be aware that all human beings share a common story. We cannot but be aware of our need to share what we have. We cannot but be aware of the need for justice in the world.
Questions for Reflection in your Faith Sharing Group
When have you see God in the Eucharist?
When have you experienced Christ in some other sharing of food?
How have you found God in an unexpected place or person?
The Master gave his teaching in parables and stories, which his disciples listened to with pleasure ó and occasional frustration, for they longed for something deeper.
The Master was unmoved. To all their objections he would say, "You have yet to understand, my dears, that the shortest distance between a human being and Truth is a story."
Another time he said, "Do not despise the story. A lost gold coin is found by means of a penny candle; the deepest truth is found by means of a simple story."
© Anthony de Mello, SJ found at http://lazarus.trinityjanesville.org/demello.htm
Actions - Links
Interfaith Worker Justice
Interfaith Worker Justice Interfaith Worker has been fighting for economic and worker justice in the United States since 1996. They work to mobilize people of faith and work to advocate in support of economic justice and worker rights at the local, state and national levels. http://www.iwj.org/
Raising the Minimum Wage
Read Raise the Minimum Wage! It's a Matter of Justice by Fred Kammer, S.J. at
Intercommunity Center for Justice and Peace
Join in their online advocacy on issues of justice at http://cqrcengage.com/ipjc/
What is U6 unemployment rate?
The U6 unemployment rate counts not only people without work seeking full-time employment (the more familiar U-3 rate), but also counts "marginally attached workers and those working part-time for economic reasons." Note that some of these part-time workers counted as employed by U-3 could be working as little as an hour a week. And the "marginally attached workers" include those who have gotten discouraged and stopped looking, but still want to work. The age considered for this calculation is 16 years and over
This unemployment rate in the United States is now 12.7%.
Prayers of Intercession
Response: May we find Christ in the sharing of bread.
Let us remember those who are hungry today. We prayÖ.
Let us remember for those without work that pays a living wage. We prayÖ.
Let us remember those who are hungry for peace and an end to war. We prayÖ.
Let us remember those who feel alone and without community. We prayÖ.
Let us remember those who are in need of health care. We prayÖ.
Let us remember those who are denied their human rights. We prayÖ.
Let us remember refugees and immigrants. We prayÖ.
Prayer and Meditation
Jesus, share with me your spirit of freedom.
Bless me with the freedom to be aware.
Aware of your presence everywhere.
Aware of your compassionate love for all the world and its creatures.
Aware of sin and injustice, of violence and oppression.
Aware of propaganda, racism, and all untruth.
Aware of the possibilities for a new heaven and a new earth.
Aware of the possibilities for an active nonviolence and a loving witness for justice.
Aware of the possibilities for relationship and joy.
Bless me with the freedom to act.
To act without fear.
To act out of a deep relationship in prayer.
To act for what is right and good.
To act for justice and peace.
To act in solidarity with others.
To act in solidarity with you.
Jesus, bless me with the freedom to be alive as a child of God.