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What Does Divine Mercy Sunday Teach Us?

Divine Mercy Sunday

Divine Mercy Sunday

 

All over the world, the first Sunday after Easter is known as Divine Mercy Sunday.  This was inaugurated twelve years ago by Blessed John Paul II as a feast to be celebrated every year on the second Sunday of Easter. On this feast day, the Catholic Church focusses and gives thanks for God's extravagant love and mercy towards us, and what better time to celebrate this feast than in Easter.

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The Greatness Of God Gives Us More Than We Can Imagine

The Greatness Of GodToday’s first reading shows the greatness of God who is able to supply way above and beyond what we think we need.  It is an exciting story of a man who was crippled from birth and who would be brought everyday and placed before the temple so that he could beg.  This is a story – a silent one at that - of people who cared; who cared enough about this man that they would take him every day to his ‘place of work’ – for want of a better term.  You see, because of his state, this man had no means of earning an income.  He had no other means of getting what he needed other than to beg for it; and what better place to seek alms than before the temple, where people went to worship their God. He could not stay there in the open all the time, and so he had to be carried by people who cared, and then removed at the end of the day.

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On The Road To Emmaus, Their Eyes Were Opened

The resurrection

Their eyes were opened

 

Today’s gospel is about two men on their way to Emmaus, two dejected men who knew Jesus and were devastated by his death and the manner in which he was killed.  These men as did Mary Magdalene, had a deep love for Jesus, and even though he told them several times what his future would be and what was his purpose, they did not really understand.  It was resurrection day and the two had already heard the astounding news from the women, including Mary Magdalene, that Jesus was no longer in the tomb.  You see, in spite of all that Jesus had said and done, they all thought that he was dead and were completely devastated.  In their humanness, the last thing they needed was to now hear that his body was no longer there.  What would they hold on too now?

 

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Hallelujah! Jesus Is Alive!

Jesus Is Alive

 

Hallelujah! Jesus Is Alive!  We are .... we are sooo very blest.  We do not serve a god who is incapable of doing that which he said he'd do.  If that were the case, then he’d cease to be God.  We serve the GOD of all gods.  In fact, we serve the One True and Ever-Living God who willingly laid down His life for (this always blows my mind, sometimes to joyful tears) - for us sinful men and women, so that He can pick it up again, and in so doing, conquered sin, hell, death and the grave once and for all - and all for our sake.  He did it all just for you so that you could come and live with Him for all eternity. He did it all just for me so that I could come and live with Him forever.

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Easter Means The Resurrection Of Jesus Christ

Easter Means the Resurrection Of Jesus

Easter Means the Resurrection Of Jesus

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READ 1 CORINTHIANS 15:1-8

MEDITATION: For a lot of people, Easter is just another holiday, a 3-day weekend of fun and no work. For others, it’s chocolate bunnies and Easter eggs. BUT WE KNOW BETTER! For Christians, Easter means the resurrection of Jesus from the dead! It means the promise of life after death! It means hope of a better life. It means joy. The resurrection of Jesus is the basis of our faith. If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead then we’re just wasting our time here every Sunday. The words, “He is not here, but He is risen”, changed the course of history! And they continue to do so. Let us take a look at why the resurrection is so important to us. The resurrection of Jesus is totally awesome even though many people of the world don’t know this and many doubt it.

 

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Alleluia! He Has Risen And He Calls My Name!

Jesus calls my name

Jesus calls my name

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READ JOHN 20:1-18

MEDITATION: Alleluia! He Has Risen And He Calls My Name!  Isn’t amazing that the very first person that Jesus speaks to on Easter morning is a common woman that we don’t know a whole lot about? We know that Jesus had earlier driven seven demons out of her and that in gratitude for His healing in her life, Mary had chosen to follow Jesus and provide financial support for His ministry. We also know that just hours earlier, Mary was there at the foot of the cross when Jesus spoke to his own mother and the apostle John and that she was there when Jesus’ body was taken from the cross and wrapped and laid in the tomb. But in spite of the fact that she was just a common woman who had been devoted to Him, Jesus chose to reveal Himself for the first time after His resurrection to Mary.

 

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The True Meaning Of Easter

The True Meaning Of Easter

The True Meaning Of Easter

 

 

Is Easter about chocolate and candy?

Is it about the Easter bonnet parade?

Is it about the cute little Easter bunny?

Is it about all those delightful Easter Eggs?

Actually Easter is not about any of these things.

 

Easter is the climax of a love story

A love story of GOD who in spite of our wretchedness

Still loves us.

 

 

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I am the Gate – A very Powerful image of Who Jesus Is

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i-am-the-gateSt. John has seven distinctive “I AM” statements in his gospel – I am the Bread of Life, I am the Way the Truth and the Life, I am the Resurrection and the Life, I am the Light of the World, I am the Good Shepherd, I am the Vine, and (in today’s reading) I am the Gate.

 

Each of these sayings symbolically represents (in kaleidoscope fashion) not just what Jesus does but who and what he is. They do not simply stand for or point to their meaning – they ARE their meaning. So, for example, Light of the World does not mean that light gives us some idea of how Jesus functions or how he enlightens. It means that Jesus is HIMSELF light; it is who tells us what light is.; he is what we see by.

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Doubting Thomas – The Way Of Reconciliation

Doubting Thomas - The Way Of Reconcilliation

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In an article I read some time ago by Hispanic theologian, Roberto S. Goizueta, there was an account of the tragedy that befell a five year old African American child in inner-city Boston. Kai Leigh Harriot was playing in the porch of her home one day, when she was struck by a stray bullet from a drive-by. The bullet severed her spine and left her paralysed.

 

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The Resurrection Of Christ Is The Power Of Un-Conditional Love

The Resurrection Of Christ Brings New Life, New Beginnings


The Resurrection Of Christ Brings New Life, New Beginnings

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This year we will celebrate Easter again, as we did last year and God willing as we will do next year and the following. Yes the parish may try something new as we did last year and we wonder if it will have the same impact as what we tried last year did. Parishioners remember our celebration from last year and no doubt lives were impacted in some ways, on the individual level perhaps but was there any real impact on the societal level so that it could be said that the celebration of Easter brought about some change. Do we as a people or as a Church really understand Easter?

 

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