Lectionary Reflections: Fifth Sunday of Easter [c] April 24, 2016

Engaging Faith | Fri, Apr 15, 2016

By John Bucki, SJ
Source: Center of Concern

Fifth Sunday of Easter [c]

April 24, 2016


Acts 14:21-27

Revelation 21:1-5a

John 13:31-33a, 34-35



April 22-30: Jewish Passover

April 22: Earth Day

April 25: World Malaria Day

April 27: Administrative Professionals Day (formerly Secretaries Day)

April 29: National Arbor Day (last Friday in April or other dates depending on your state)

May 1: May Day, International Worker’s Day, Feast of St. Joseph the Worker



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, Novo Millennio Ineunte, 52

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, January 10, 2001

Solidarity 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. This determination is based on the solid conviction that what is hindering full development is that desire for profit and that thirst for power already mentioned.

-John Paul II, Sollicitudo rei Socialis, 38

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

Love is the only light which can constantly illuminate a world grown dim. 

-Pope Francis @Pontifex, April 14, 2016

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, Evangelli Gaudium, 2

The evils of our world – and those of the Church – must not be excuses for diminishing our commitment and our fervor. Let us look upon them as challenges which can help us to grow. With the eyes of faith, we can see the light which the Holy Spirit always radiates in the midst of darkness, never forgetting that “where sin increased, grace has abounded all the more”

-Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 84


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.

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