Sixth Sunday of Easter [a] May 21, 2017

Engaging Faith | Tue, May 16, 2017

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

Sixth Sunday of Easter [a]

May 21, 201


Acts 8:5-8, 14-17

1 Peter 3:15-18

John 14:15-21



May 21: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

May 22: International Day for Biological Diversity (

May 25 or 28: Ascension of the Lord (depending on diocese in the U.S.)

May 26: Ramadan 2017 in United States will begin in the evening

May 29: Memorial Day in the United States



If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes.

-St. Clement of Alexandria

Flagrant inequalities exist in the economic, cultural, and political development of the nations: while some regions are heavily industrialized, others are still at the agricultural stage; while some countries enjoy prosperity, others are struggling against starvation; while some peoples have a high standard of culture, others are still engaged in eliminating illiteracy. From all sides there rises a yearning for more justice and a desire for a better guaranteed peace in mutual respect among individuals and peoples.

-Pope Paul VI, Apostolic Letter of 14 May 1971, 2

Christian love of neighbor and justice cannot be separated. For love implies an absolute demand for justice, namely a recognition of the dignity and rights of one’s neighbor. Justice attains its inner fullness only in love. Because every person is truly a visible image of the invisible God and a sibling of Christ, the Christian finds in every person God himself and God’s absolute demand for justice and love.

1971 Synod of Bishops, Justice in the World, 34

Life is like a voyage on the sea of history, often dark and stormy, a voyage in which we watch for the stars that indicate the route. The true stars of our life are the people who have lived good lives. They are lights of hope. Certainly, Jesus Christ is the true light, the sun that has risen above all the shadows of history. But to reach him we also need lights close by—people who shine with his light and so guide us along our way.

-Pope Benedict XVI, Spe Salvi, 49

Let us read the Gospel, a small section each day. This way we will learn what is most essential in our lives: love and mercy.

-Pope Francis @Pontifex, May 13, 2014

A society which abandons children and the elderly severs its roots and darkens its future.

-Pope Francis @Pontifex May 6, 2014


Thoughts for Your Consideration

If one is aware of world problems and injustice, if one is aware of political problems and greed, one can feel overwhelmed and discouraged. Justice for the poor, peace between nations, food for all the hungry, housing for the homeless, equal rights for all men and women, an end to human trafficking, basic income equality, human rights for the oppressed, welcoming refugees and migrants, and an end to war and violence, can all seem to be impossible.

The first reading talks of joy and healing. Catholic social teaching must not fall into the trap of discouragement and guilt. God is calling us and our world to healing and even joy. Good things can happen with the power of the Spirit. We must not lose hope.

The second reading speaks of hope. The healing that God wants for our world can happen. Good can overcome evil. We must not lose hope.

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