Lectionary Reflections: Second Sunday of Easter [c] April 3, 2016

Engaging Faith | Tue, Mar 29, 2016

By John Bucki, SJ
Source: Center of Concern
Second Sunday of Easter [c] April 3, 2016


Acts 5:12-16

Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19

John 20:19-31



April 3: Divine Mercy Sunday

April 4: International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

April 7: World Health Day 

April 7: Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide



What do we want the Church to do? We don't ask for more cathedrals. We don't ask for bigger churches of fine gifts. We ask for its presence with us, beside us, as Christ among us. We ask the Church to sacrifice with the people for social change, for justice, and for love of brother and sister. We don't ask for words. We ask for deeds. We don't ask for paternalism. We ask for servanthood.

-Cesar Chavez, El Grito, Summer 1968

We may all be tempted by the disbelief of Thomas.  Suffering, evil, injustice, death, especially when it strikes the innocent such as children who are victims of war and terrorism, of sickness and hunger, does not all of this put our faith to the test?  Paradoxically the disbelief of Thomas is most valuable to us in these cases because it helps to purify all false concepts of God and leads us to discover his true face: the face of a God who, in Christ, has taken upon himself the wounds of injured humanity.

-Benedict XVI, Urbi et Orbi Message, Easter 2007

He rejected violence for any reason. His whole teaching, in his word and in his actions was, we transform the world into the reign of God through the power of love and nothing else -- not through violence, not through war, not through killing, but only through love.

-Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, National Catholic Reporter (

The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience. Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. 

-Pope Francis, Evanglii Gaudium, 2

All around us we see persistent injustice, evil, indifference and cruelty. But it is also true that in the midst of darkness something new always springs to life and sooner or later produces fruit. 

-Pope Francis, Evanglii Gaudium, 276


Thoughts for Your Consideration

The experience of Resurrection results not simply in a good feeling but in the transformation or renewal of our life and action. Resurrection is not only about some future day after we die. It is also about the world today – the world of things, people, creation, and beauty – the world that experiences both sin and evil as well as justice and peace – the world with all its struggles and its possibilities.  If we believe in Resurrection, then we should expect to see some signs of it. 

  • Community is formed. Fear is dispelled.
  • Reconciliation becomes real. The work of justice and peace takes place.
  • Society is transformed. There is a new heaven and a new earth.

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