Easter Week 1

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Easter Week 1

The Resurrection and Mission of the Christian

Week 1: April 21
Easter Octave

As Catholics, we tend to be great observers of Lent. But Easter? Often we celebrate Easter with a bit of a decrease in fervor.

But we should not lose sight of the fact that Lent is a preparation for something: the 50-day celebration of Easter. It is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ that is the center of our faith and the source of the mission which God has given to each one of us through baptism. Easter is the time in the whole year for us to pay special attention to what our baptism into the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus really means.

And so just as we have spent the Season of Lent in preparation for Easter, now we are beginning a new series through the weeks of Easter which will give us all an opportunity to reflect on our mission as the members of the Body of Christ, the Church: how all of us – lay or ordained – are called to carry out our work as sharers in the threefold office of Christ as priest, prophet, and king.

We may not often think of our lives this way, but when we were baptized we all became missionaries, called to serve the people and places in which we live our lives. Over the coming weeks, we will be looking at one aspect of that mission: the work we do as Catholics in the public square.

Think

Reflect on the following sources in light of our baptismal call to sanctify the world

Rom 6:3-11 
1 Peter 2:4-10
Catechism of the Catholic Church, note 897
Apostolicam Actuositatem 5

Pray

Almighty God, thank you for the great gift you give us of being your sons and daughters. Open our hearts and minds to the graces you pour out constantly, that we may continually be renewed to think and act in union with your heart and mind. Bless our efforts to become witnesses to the Gospel in ways great and small, but especially in the ordinary conditions of our day-to-day lives, with our families, in our work, and in our communities.

Act

Over the coming weeks, we will be looking at the mission of Catholics in the public square. Has it been a while since you brushed up on your understanding of New Hampshire government? Make a commitment to spend some time this week learning about how state government is organized and the legislative process of how a bill becomes a law.

Continue the Easter Journey

Follow us each week for further prayerful reflection.

Week 2 - The "Who" of the Mission

Week 3 - The "Why" of the Mission

Week 4 - The “How” of the Mission

Week 5 - The “When” of the Mission

Week 6 - The Resurrection and Caesar, Then and Now

Week 7 - The Spirit and the Mission