Reflection for May 3, 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015

With whom do you eat bread?

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by Sister Agnes Fischer

In Sunday's second reading St. John reminds us to love one another, not in words only but in deeds. We can practice that love by dedicating a little of our time to accompany someone in need. "Accompany" comes from the Latin "eat bread together". The bread might be hard and bitter or soft and delicious, but either way it should be eaten in fraternity. "Accompany" indicates a good heart and a great spirit. "Accompany" may mean:

  • Drive a sick person to the doctor -- and stay with her
  • Invite a friend to church
  • Visit a senior who is homebound or hospitalized
  • Offer solidarity to an unemployed acquaintance
  • Lend a hand to someone blind or incapacitated
  • Give aid (with a smile) to a homeless man
  • Invite a lonely person to dinner
  • Attend the wake of a co-worker's relative

Almighty ever-living God, constantly accomplish the Paschal Mystery within us, that those you were pleased to make new in Holy Baptism may, under your protective care, bear much fruit and come to the joys of life eternal. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

(from the collect for the 5th Sunday of Easter. ©2010 International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.)


6 Comment(s)

  • Barbara: Friday, May 1, 2015

    Thank you Sister Agnes Fischer for reminding us of simple acts of charity to show God's love for one another.

  • Donna: Friday, May 1, 2015

    Thank you. Good questions to ponder.

  • Sr. Paulette: Friday, May 1, 2015

    Thanks, Ag, for a practical response to John's reminder.

  • Jeanette: Friday, May 1, 2015

    Wonderful synopsis on how we are to live our lives--by loving and doing good for others. Your reflection gives us examples of how we can accomplish these thing. Great insight!

  • Bette: Friday, May 1, 2015

    Thanks, Aggie, for reminding us of the power in a simple act of kindness.

  • Julie Drzewiecki: Friday, May 1, 2015

    Bravo for the excellent reflection!!!