Moved to Greater Love
Moved to Greater Love

Monday, April 28

Today’s Grace

I ask for the grace to carry on the work of Jesus in touching, embracing, forgiving and uniting the people in my life.

Scripture/Reading

Reading via the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website:

Acts 2:42-47
They devoted themselves
to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life,
to the breaking of bread and to the prayers.
Awe came upon everyone,
and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
All who believed were together and had all things in common;
they would sell their property and possessions
and divide them among all according to each one’s need.
Every day they devoted themselves
to meeting together in the temple area
and to breaking bread in their homes.
They ate their meals with exultation and sincerity of heart,
praising God and enjoying favor with all the people.
And every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

From “Jesus of Nazareth” by Gerhard Lohfink (Liturgical Press, p. 353):

Jesus does not portray a utopian “realm of freedom,” but he leads those who follow him into freedom. He does not describe the condition in which all alienation will be miraculously overcome, but he says, “Those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it” (Luke 9:24). This is how Jesus projects society under the rule of God. He sets no preconditions: the reign of God is already beginning; its powers are already at work; it gives a new way of being together, even a new society, but not one that needs to be dreamed up. It takes place in the daily companionship of the one table, in common discipleship, in daily reconciliation. It happens out of joy in what God is doing. And it is by no means the case that this coming of the reign of God happens purely within. No, sick people are being healed, demonic forces are being overcome, the hungry are being filled, and enemies are being reconciled.

Reflection Questions

  1. Are these two readings simply “over the top”? Do I see any evidence of communal life growing? Is there daily companionship of the one table? Is there common discipleship? Is there daily reconciliation? Is there joy in what God is doing in this world? I speak to Jesus about this.
  2. Is my hope different from simple optimism (everything will work out)? Paul says hope is not hope if the object is seen. What do I hope for? What do I long for? What do I desire to see that I don’t see yet? I speak to God about this.

Reflection

 
Volunteers serve people during free dinner provided by Chicago Catholic Charities. (CNS photo/Jim Young, Reuters)

Other Resources

View the daily readings at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website.





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