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Easter Sunday [B], April 16, 2006

By: John Bucki, S.J.

Readings
Acts 10:34a, 37-43
Colossians 9 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8
John 20:1-9

Calendar
April 21: John Muir Day
April 22: Earth Day

Quotes
The power of the Spirit, who raised Christ from the dead, is continuously at work in the world. Through the generous sons and daughters of the Church likewise, the People of God is present in the midst of the poor and of those who suffer oppression and persecution; it lives in its own flesh and its own heart the Passion of Christ and bears witness to his resurrection.
Synod of Bishops, Justice in the World, 74

Includes links to the Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday reflections


 

Readings
Acts 10:34a, 37-43
Colossians 9 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8
John 20:1-9

Calendar
April 21: John Muir Day
April 22: Earth Day

Quotes
The power of the Spirit, who raised Christ from the dead, is continuously at work in the world. Through the generous sons and daughters of the Church likewise, the People of God is present in the midst of the poor and of those who suffer oppression and persecution; it lives in its own flesh and its own heart the Passion of Christ and bears witness to his resurrection.
Synod of Bishops, Justice in the World, 74

Hope in the coming kingdom is already beginning to take root in the hearts of people. The radical transformation of the world in the Paschal Mystery of the Lord gives full meaning to the efforts of people, and in particular of the young, to lessen injustice, violence and hatred and to advance all together in justice, freedom, kinship and love.
Synod of Bishops, Justice in the World, 76

The Risen Christ signals the paths of hope along which we can advance together towards a world more just and mutually supportive, in which the blind egoism of the few will not prevail over the cries of pain of the many, reducing entire peoples to conditions of degrading misery.

May the message of life proclaimed by the angel near the stone rolled back from the tomb overturn the hardness of our hearts; may it lead to removing unjustified barriers and promote a fruitful exchange between peoples and cultures.

May the image of the new human being, shining on the face of Christ, cause everyone to acknowledge the inalienable value of human life; may it encourage effective responses to the increasingly felt demand for justice and equal opportunity in all areas of society; may it impel individuals and States to full respect for the essential and authentic rights rooted in the very nature of the human person.
John Paul II, Urbi et Orbi Message, Easter, April 23, 2000

Genuine progress does not consist in wealth sought for personal comfort or for its own sake; rather it consists in an economic order designed for the welfare of the human person, where the daily bread that each person receives reflects the glow of human love and the helping hand of God.
Paul VI, Populorum Progressio

I do not believe in death without resurrection. . . If they kill me, I will be resurrected in the Salvadoran people.
Archbishop Oscar Romero, before his assassination in 1980


Thoughts for Your Consideration

The data of Good Friday is not complete.
Another way of looking at things is possible.
The reality is bigger than at first expected.

The death of Jesus is not the last word or the end of the story.
Resurrection is the ultimate word of God about life and death.
In a world with lots of death, we are called to share Resurrection today.

Today's letter to the Corinthians reminds us that something new is possible: "Let us celebrate the feast, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."

In the midst of awesome human problems and serious injustices, we believe something more is possible. We believe that resurrection is possible.

Change is possible. Growth is possible. Peace and reconciliation are possible. Something new is possible. Liberation for the poor and oppressed is possible. Social change is possible. Nations can work together for justice and peace. People can stand up and demand human rights. Society can provide health care for all. There is enough food so that everyone can eat. We can live in solidarity.

Our world knows the tragedy of divisions and hatreds between peoples and nations. Our world knows the scandal of poverty and economic injustice. More than ever, the world needs to experience resurrection.

More than ever we need a spirit that will help and heal the death, violence, and injustice of the world. More than ever we need to create a world where people are not oppressed by sinful structures. Peter in Acts reminds us that Jesus ". . . went about doing good and healing all those oppressed . . ." We are called to do the same.

An understanding of resurrection which does not address issues of justice is shallow and not consistent with the spirit of Jesus who lived, died, and rose to bring an end to all oppression and injustice.

Questions for Reflection in your Faith Sharing Group
When have your experienced the cycle of death & resurrection in your own ministry?

Prayers

Lord Jesus, our Peace,
Word made flesh two thousand years ago,
who by rising from the dead have conquered evil and sin,
grant the human family of the third millennium
a just and lasting peace;

Bring to a happy outcome the talks undertaken
by people of good will who,
despite so many doubts and difficulties,
are trying to bring an end to the troubling conflicts in Africa,
the armed clashes in some countries of Latin America,
the persistent tensions affecting
the Middle East, vast areas of Asia,
and some parts of Europe.

Help the nations to overcome old and new rivalries,
by rejecting attitudes of racism and xenophobia.

May the whole of creation,
inundated by the splendor of the Resurrection,
rejoice because "the brightness of the eternal One
has vanquished the darkness of the world."

URBI et ORBI Message of John Paul II, Easter, April 23, 2000

* * *

May the Lord remove from the heart of all human beings
every trace of resentment, of hostility and of hate,
and open them to reconciliation,
to solidarity and to peace.

John Paul II, October 11, 2001

* * *

The Possibility Prayer

Yes. It can happen.
Yes. It can take place.
Yes. God can do it.

After all, the angel said "Do not be afraid."
After all, the tomb was found empty.
After all, the Spirit, "will pray for you."

After all, God wants peace and reconciliation
After all, God's name is "justice."
After all, God is "liberation."

Yes. It can happen.
Yes. It can take place.
Yes. God can do it.

 

Type of content: Lectionary Reflections