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April 10, 2018 - How May We Be the Church in Easter?

Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter

Scripture Readings

Just eleven days ago, we were at Good Friday. And, of course, that means that today, we are only nine days into Easter. From the perspective of the church year, we are all very new to the idea of the risen Christ. So, we have to ask, what does Easter mean for us followers of Jesus Christ who remain here on Earth?

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April 09, 2018 - This Sounds Like Love

Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Scripture Readings

We have all experienced what it means to love another person. We think of our parents, our children, our spouses, our friends. We've experienced the joys as well as the sorrows and  sacrifices of loving others. When a loved one is suffering, helpless or in trouble, we do everything in our power to help them, no matter what the personal sacrifice.  We do not consider the cost, nor do we consider it a choice. This can seem irrational and mysterious—even downright foolish. But deep inside we know exactly what we're doing—this is the real “stuff”.

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April 8, 2018 - Feast of Mercy

Second Sunday of Easter (Or Sunday of Divine Mercy)

Scripture Readings

Once so often somebody comes into the confessional with such a sense of sorrow for sin, that they find it had to believe that God can forgive them and love them. This is not because they do not believe that God is all forgiving. The darkness they find themselves in, is a little too dark for them. For some reason they think that they do not deserve God’s forgiveness. I am saying to you today what I say to such penitents: “If you put all the sins that you have committed today together, you cannot beat God’s love and mercy. If you put all the sins you have committed your entire life together, you still cannot beat God’s love and mercy. If you put the sins of all the people in the entire world together, you still cannot beat God’s love and mercy. If you put all the sins of all the human beings from the beginning of creation to the end of the world, you still cannot beat God’s love and mercy. Now if you think that your sins are too much for God, then the Sacrament of Reconciliation is not for you! You can leave!” Nobody has ever left. Most of the time, by then, they are in tears and accept that they can be and are forgiven!

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April 07, 2018 - Undismissible

Saturday in the Octave of Easter

Scripture Readings

At the end of today’s gospel passage the Apostles are given a mission. You and I are reading this reflection because they took on that mission and “proclaimed the Gospel to every creature.” And yet they were not your picture-perfect candidates. How did these dismissible men, receive such an ambitious mission and achieve it with such conviction that, as we see in today’s first reading, they became undismissible?

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April 06, 2018 - The Continuation of the Story

Friday in the Octave of Easter

Scripture Readings

During the Easter Season, we do not read the first scripture lesson from the Old Testament as is customary the rest of the year, but we read from the Acts of the Apostles.  This is partly to emphasize that Jesus’ resurrection has brought about something new.  God is doing a new thing in the midst of the old and we emphasize this by reading only from the New Testament.  But there is another, perhaps more significant reason to bring in readings from the Acts of the Apostles: we cannot fully realize the meaning and importance of the resurrection without understanding its aftermath.

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