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Acts 2:14, 22-33

1 Peter 1:17-21

Luke 24:13-35

 

Calendar

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

 

Quotes

Readings

Acts 2:14, 22-33

1 Peter 1:17-21

Luke 24:13-35

 

Calendar

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

 

Quotes

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.

The social teaching of the church is concerned with the nourishment of all the people of the world – spiritually and also physically. Whenever we share the Eucharist – whenever we break bread together — we cannot but be aware of all those who are hungry. We cannot but be aware that all human beings share a common story. We cannot but be aware of our need to share what we have. We cannot but be aware of the need for justice in the world.

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One of the important issues confronting the people of the world is the challenge of taking care of our planet and its environment. Pope Francis in Laudato Si wrote about this challenge. Maybe today’s gospel gives us a model for dealing with this critical issue. The two disciples share their questions and stories with each other and then with the stranger on the road. It is in sharing stories and questions and even disappointments that they learn and their eyes are opened. It is when our human community shares our stories and questions and struggles that we can see things in a new way and maybe learn to work together in a new way for the common good.

“Our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us” (Laudato Si, 1). Pope Francis writes so that we might “enter into dialogue with all people about our common home.”

 

 

Questions for Reflection in Your Faith Sharing Group

When have you see God in the Eucharist?

When have you experienced Christ in some other sharing of food?

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How have you found God in an unexpected place or person?

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How have you experienced God in creation?

How are you being called to protect the environment?

 

 

Stories

Myths by Anthony de Mello, S.J.: http://bit.ly/2obWtDy

The Master gave his teaching in parables and stories, which his disciples listened to with pleasure — and occasional frustration, for they longed for something deeper.

The Master was unmoved. To all their objections he would say, “You have yet to understand, my dears, that the shortest distance between a human being and Truth is a story.”

Another time he said, “Do not despise the story. A lost gold coin is found by means of a penny candle; the deepest truth is found by means of a simple story.”

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The Flight of the Hummingbird: http://bit.ly/2pLntY3 

 

 

Actions—Links 

Interfaith Worker Justice
May Day (May 1) is the International Worker’s Day and the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. Interfaith Worker Justice Interfaith Worker has been fighting for economic and worker justice in the United States since 1996. They work to mobilize people of faith and work to advocate in support of economic justice and worker rights at the local, state and national levels. See http://www.iwj.org.

Intercommunity Center for Justice and Peace
Explore their website at http://bit.ly/2oxjQ6c. Join in their online advocacy on issues of justice at http://bit.ly/2otUB5h.

National Arbor Day (April 28): https://www.arborday.org/ 

Carbon Footprint Calculator: http://bit.ly/2pMtd6C 

 

 

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Prayers of Intercession

Response: May we find Christ in the sharing of bread.

Let us remember those who are hungry today. We pray….

Let us remember for those without work that pays a living wage. We pray….

Let us remember those who are hungry for peace and an end to war. We pray….

Let us remember those who feel alone and without community. We pray….

Let us remember those who are in need of health care. We pray….

Let us remember those who are denied their human rights. We pray….

Let us remember refugees and immigrants. We pray….

Let us remember our planet earth and the suffering of the environment. We pray….

 

 

Prayer

Jesus, share with me your spirit of freedom.

Bless me with the freedom to be aware.
Aware of your presence everywhere.
Aware of your compassionate love for all the world and its creatures.
Aware of sin and injustice, of violence and oppression.
Aware of propaganda, racism, and all untruth.
Aware of the possibilities for a new heaven and a new earth.
Aware of the possibilities for an active nonviolence and a loving witness for justice.
Aware of the possibilities for relationship and joy.
Aware of the beauty of creation which we share together.

Bless me with the freedom to act.
To act without fear.
To act out of a deep relationship in prayer.
To act for what is right and good.
To act for justice and peace.
To act in solidarity with others.
To act in solidarity with you.

Jesus, bless me with the freedom to be alive as a child of God.

 

 

Images

The Supper at Emmaus by Caravaggio (1601): http://bit.ly/2pLsujk 

http://bit.ly/2otK8XI 

Third Sunday of Easter [a]

April 30, 2017

Date Added: April 21, 2017

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