Ascension: Matthew 28:16–20;
Seventh Sunday of Easter, The Prayer of Jesus: John 17:1–11a
“Listening is never easy. Many times it is easier to play deaf. Listening means paying attention, wanting to understand, to value, to respect, and to ponder what the other person says. It involves a sort of martyrdom or self-sacrifice.” So declared Pope Francis on the 50th anniversary of World Communications Sunday last year.
This Sunday, we look back on a half-century of papal declarations regarding the significance of a world united by technology as never before. We humans no longer speak simply to our families and our neighbors, our tribe or our village. We are all mice that roar as loud and as far as our technology can carry us. With this amplification and multiplication of words, images, and ideas, what are we actually saying to each other?
Jesus asks us to do only one thing: to bring Good News to the far corners of the earth.
Much of the news we receive each day is hardly encouraging or uplifting. But we are not just news absorbers. We also generate plenty of words daily for which we are answerable.
- What do you do to promote a word of hope and encouragement wherever your voice carries?
(Reflection and question by Alice Camille in Exploring the Sunday Readings)
Since the Sunday Gospel is the heart of the Gospel Weeklies, an important part of preparing to share the Gospel with children is to read and reflect on it in advance of your class session. The Gospel at Home and the Gospel for All Ages (see Gathering Rituals/Questions) are resources on our website that can help you do this. While these resources take a break in the summer months, we’ll be drawing our weekly reflections from Exploring the Sunday Readings.
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