TODAY’S SUNDAY READING: May 17, 2015

-Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord -

 

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Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another
1 John 4: 11-16

Today is World Communications Day. The Church has shown a significant interest in the powerful tool of media since Pope Paul VI launched the first teaching on social communications in 1967. Each Pope since gives an annual address about the use of media in the service of the common good. Last year, Pope Frances noted that an effective Christian witness is not about bombarding people with religious messages: It’s about respectfully engaging with their questions and their doubts. He called our present situation a “culture of encounter,” in which social media has created a world chat room into which we’re all invited. If you and I have only one thing to say in the culture of encounter, let it be a message of love. That means no more forwarding joke files that reinforce stereotypes and prejudices of which this world already has enough.

What role does media (internet, radio, television) play in your life? What is the content of messages we send and receive?

TODAY’S SUNDAY READING: May 10, 2015

-Sixth Sunday of Easter -

 

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“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is God.”

1 John 4: 7-10

Today is Mother’s Day. While not a religious holiday, motherhood is kind of a religion in this country. If you were blessed to have a wonderful mother, you need no proof of this. If you strive to be a wonderful mother yourself, all the better. But the main focus of this day isn’t simple maternity. It’s a day that celebrates love and nurturing, impulses with a divinity affinity.

In many parishes, mothers will stand in the assembly for a blessing, or receive flowers on their way out of the church. But other women who are not mothers may give their love abundantly to others as teachers and child care workers, in nursing or social work, or in response to the poor. Wherever love is poured out, God is at the source of it. “Love one another” is everyone’s vocation.
 
How many have “mothered” you across a lifetime? Who gets your love?

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