Lectionary Reflections: Third Sunday of Easter [a] April 30, 2017

Engaging Faith | Fri, Apr 21, 2017

By John Bucki, S.J.
Source: Education for Justice

Third Sunday of Easter [a]

April 30, 2017


Acts 2:14, 22-33

1 Peter 1:17-21

Luke 24:13-35



April 26: Administrative Professionals’ Day

April 28: National Arbor Day (last Friday of April)

April 29: Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare

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

May 3: World Press Freedom Day

May 8: World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day



We must not let ourselves fall into the vortex of pessimism. Faith can move mountains!

— Pope Francis, 25 April 2014

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, 2 April 2014

The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change.

— Pope Francis, Laudato Si, 13

Young people demand change. They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded.

— Pope Francis, Laudato Si, 13


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 and 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 – especially in welcoming the stranger and the needy and even in our own vulnerabilities. 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. 

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