Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: May 21, 2017

LoveThis is the Sixth Sunday of Easter. If one is aware of world problems, one can feel overwhelmed and discouraged. Yet the first reading talks of joy and healing and the second speaks of hope. Good things can happen with the power of the Spirit. The healing that God wants for our world can come to us. We must not lose hope. The gospel speaks of a relationship of love and solidarity between the Father and Jesus and then with all of us. This unity and solidarity can be made real, not just in our hearts, but also in the way people are treated and in the way love is expressed in action for justice and peace. We must put our faith into practice. “Love of neighbor is an absolute demand for justice, because charity must manifest itself in actions and structures which respect human dignity, protect human rights, and facilitate human development. To promote justice is to transform structures which block love.” (1971 Synod of Bishops, Justice in the World)

As people of faith we believe more than ever that with God’s help we can offer resurrection life and love to our world and its people. This has been our continued focus this season as we consider encounter and accompaniment. Where is the Spirit working in your world and life? What signs of hope do you see?

The Sunday Readings:

  • Acts 8: 5-8 & 14-17. They received the Spirit when hands were placed on them. We are not only given the Spirit for ourselves, we are given the power to share that Spirit with others.
  • 1 Peter 3: 15-18. Jesus was raised up in the Spirit. Explain this reason for hope with gentleness and reverence.
  • Jn 14: 15-21. If you love me, live as I have lived… I will not leave you orphans; God will give you another counselor, the Spirit, who will help you live a life of love.

Of Note:

  • Plan to come to Memorial Day Mass on May 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM. Remember all veterans and public servants who have given their lives for us, and bring a photo or memorial object of a loved one to display.
  • Help bring Epiphany Masses to our homebound parishioners! We are looking for a volunteer or two to edit weekly recordings of the liturgies and email them to the homebound. This is a weekly need and takes 2-3 hours on a Monday or Tuesday. If you hand help, please contact Linda in the office - we’ll gladly train you!
  • Encounter and Accompaniment: Help bring life and hope to our community!
    • May 7 – 13, 2017 we focused on gun violence in our city. Thanks to all who participated in Hands Across Louisville! We met lots of great folks from around the city, and showed solidarity in desiring an end to gun violence in our community, especially from west to east 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 [click here] 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