Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: May 14, 2017

DiscipleshipThis is the 5th Sunday of Easter. The gospel of Jesus is not simply a “personal interior message or experience” which changes the way we feel. Genuine belief leads to works. Spirituality is connected to action. As Jesus says in today’s gospel, “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these.” During this Easter season we’ve continued our focus on encounter and accompaniment by considering specific ways we can live out our faith through meeting those in need, living in solidarity with them, and taking appropriate action for the common good. How are you being called to continue the works of Christ?

The work of the gospel is reflected in the concern of the early church for the poor. In today’s example from Acts, it is reflected in a concern for the widows in the community. The work of the gospel is about service and especially service to those who are most in need. It is a responsibility for the whole community – not just a responsibility for the apostles. Deacons are appointed. The whole community is involved in this very local need. [In some way this story reflects the principle of subsidiarity which is one of the key principles of Catholic social teaching.] The apostles also seek to create a structure for responding to the needs for the long term. [This too is important in Catholic social teaching, for we desire to offer more than charity to respond to some immediate need but to create structures of justice that empower all people.]

Christians must be conscious of their specific and proper role in the political community; they should be a shining example by their sense of responsibility and their dedication to the common good; they should show in practice how authority can be reconciled with freedom, personal initiative with solidarity and the needs of the social framework as a whole, and the advantages of unity with the benefits of diversity.” Vatican II, The Church in the Modern World, 75 [Adapted from Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern, Copyright © 2017. Used with permission.]

The Sunday Readings:

  • Acts 6: 1-7. They elected seven who were filled with the Spirit and wisdom, expanding the ministry
  • 1 Peter 2: 4-9. We are the light of Christ because the Holy Spirit dwells within us, enabling us to be the presence of the risen Lord. We are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a priestly people.
  • Jn 14: 1-12. Jesus is the way to God, the truth about God, and the life of God; with Jesus we will do greater works. We must encounter and come to know Jesus in our daily living, come to be as he is and do Christ’s work, and so becoming “the way and the truth and the life” for others.

Of Note:

  • Encounter and Accompaniment: How is Christ calling you to "continue his works"?
    • May 7, 2017 we focused on gun violence in our city, through Hands Across Louisville hosted by St. Martin de Porres. Join people of faith on Saturday, May 13, 2017 in showing our solidarity with our neighbors, and sign up to hold hands 2:00 – 3:00 PM on Epiphany’s block on Broadway!
    • April 30, 2017 we prayed for an end to abuse of children on “Blue Sunday” and heard about CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates - who received an Epiphany Grant this past year! Contact parishioner Nick Temple for more information, or to volunteer.
    • April 23, 2017 we learned about Migrant and Refugee services through Catholic Charities. There are many, many opportunities to help! Click here for more information or to volunteer.
  • Thanks to the community for our beautiful Easter garden! We need volunteers to care for it throughout the 7 weeks of the Easter season.
    • Sign up to help in the Connector.
    • Bring potted plants (your name on the pot if you want it returned)
    • Bring cut flowers from your garden in an old jar
  • Spanish Audio is now available at the 11:30 Mass on Sunday. You can find the hearing devices by the chapel, separated for hearing assistance and Spanish audio.