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April 20, 2008, Fifth Sunday of Easter

“See how I lay a precious cornerstone…” (1 Peter 2-6)

READINGS:
1. Acts 6:1-7
2. 1 Peter 2:4-9
3. John 14:1-12

REFLECTION: Throughout the Bible, stone serves as an image for talking about God. He is our rock, our fortress. He is as reliable as stone. He does not give way. He is the sturdy and strong one in whom we trust. He is a living presence. His Presence makes a difference, just as all living things make a difference in their surroundings.

PRAYER: God, Father, Son and Spirit, help us to become more aware of your abiding presence within us. Continue to reveal yourself to us so that we might reach out to others in love and service. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

FAMILY DISCUSSION/ACTIVITY:

*Monday*:
Place a rock on your dinner table this week to remind the family of Jesus as “our rock.” Wait to see any discussion it creates.

*Tuesday*:
Discuss with your family what you would place in the cornerstone of your own home. What items, symbols would represent your family?

*Wednesday*:
Pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary today for families who have loved ones who are seriously ill.

*Thursday*:
What kind of a rock of support and strength can you be to someone in your family today? Try to make yourself available to listen to someone who needs a listening ear.

*Friday*:
Speaking of stones and rocks, take a walk today, perhaps in the city. Observe the strength of buildings; notice the “cornerstones.”

*Saturday*:
Have a special family meal today. Share stories of your strength as a family and what that means to the wider community.

PRAYER: I love You, O Lord, my strength. You are my rock, my fortress, my protector. You are the strong one in whom I take refuge. You are my shield, my salvation, my stronghold. Amen.


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