Home Mass Second Easter Sunday & Divine Mercy Sunday 4-19-09

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      Reading 1 Acts 4:32-35,

      Reading II 1 Jn 5:1-6

      Gospel Jn 20:19-31


      Victory in Resurrection for the Community of Believers


      We remember each other by name; sometimes it is the nickname that we remember rather than the name. Jesus had many titles that his disciples called him by, but “My Lord” is probably the most profound one. Thomas answered and said to Jesus, “My Lord and my God!” Although he had to see to believe, in this profession of his faith, we should see his faith, not the lack of it. Jesus helped him to stay with the disciples. It is for this reason that Pope John Paul II proclaimed this Sunday to be the Divine Mercy Sunday.


      As we hear about the life of the early Christian community, we feel the richness and strength of their faith. We are moved by how they were of “one heart and mind.”  “There was no needy person among them.” Our individuality is precious in the community of believers. Yet being a Christian means belonging to the Christian community. We need to trust each other and help one another in the community. If we live as one family in our Christian Community and we can recognize this truth, we are truly blessed. Whether the community is large or small, we become one in spirit.


      We need to open our minds and our ears. We need to come out of our own stubbornness and get rid of the complex of inferiority or superiority. Keeping in mind that Divine Mercy would not let one sheep stray. We need to return to our Father who is love. For this, God’s only son became Jesus Christ the Savior.


      It becomes clearer in the words of the first letter of John:

      “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God,
      and everyone who loves the Father loves also the one begotten by him.” (5:1-3)

      He goes on to say, “For the love of God is this, that we keep His commandments.” and “whoever is begotten by God conquers the world.” (5:4). That is why His commandments are not burdensome. Although it sounds foolish from the standpoint of this world, it is the true victory: victory over the world.


      As we reflect on our community, its beginning and current state, we need to remind ourselves that we are a community of faith in Christ. We have faith that the Holy Spirit will be with us and guide us. Unless we deny Him, our dream of building His kingdom will be fulfilled. Professing the love of God who came to us in resurrection is what unites us as a community of faith. We need to become witnesses to His resurrection through which we become united and comforted by His word.


      The Lord is Risen. Alleluia!


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