April 23, 2017
This is the Second Sunday of Easter or Sunday of Divine Mercy.
Today's readings might be summarized by our opening verse of the Responsorial Psalm: "Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting." The reality of Easter Resurrection is indeed the mercy and love of Jesus Christ, who suffered and died for us that we might have everlasting life.
We will hear from the Acts of the Apostles, and how they were motivated through the grace of the Holy Spirit to respond to the call of Jesus to go out to all the world and spread the good news. Today's reading from the Acts of the Apostles tell us the activities of those who believed in those weeks after the resurrection. They band together as communities to learn and study, to pray and remember Jesus in the breaking of the bread, just as Jesus commanded. We are likewise bonded together as a community called St. Paul. We pray, sing, and worship together receiving the sustenance of life, the Body and Blood of Jesus. Then, just like those apostles we are sent out to live what we believe. We put into practice everyday life what we have read, heard, and received. We go out to live our faith by our words and actions.
In the second reading (First Letter of Peter), we are admonished to persevere in our faith, in spite of the trials of life. God will provide for us.
In our Gospel from John, we hear about doubting Thomas. Jesus appears to the Apostles in the upper room, Thomas is not around. Can you blame him for his questions? I know I still have so many. Yet Thomas expresses profound faith at the next meeting when Jesus appears. Doubt, wonder, questions, and faith all point us in the direction of God's Divine Mercy, which we also celebrate today. Jesus gave the gift of the Holy Spirit to his disciples to bolster them in the reality of what has been going on. Not only does faith call us to consideration, it calls us to joy and commitment to show forth compassion and the sharing of our very lives with our community. We are to live transformed, live because of Jesus, manifested by our daily activities. Let us rejoice in the Lord, for he is good: his mercy endures forever. Alleluia! Happy Easter! ~ Msgr. Bob
THE FOLLOWING ARE NEW MEMBERS AT ST. PAUL CATHOLIC CHURCH: Russell & Miriam Himmelburger and Family, Benjamin Carter, Joshua Courtright, Robert & Leona Senn, Jerry Lujan, and Anthony Elia. WELCOME.
THE FOLLOWING HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED INTO THE CHURCH: Wyatt Anthony Rubal. CONGRATS!
IN MEMORIAL FOR THOSE PARISHIONERS WHO HAVE RECENTLY LEFT US FOR THE LORD: John Cassiani