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Second Sunday of Easter (or Sunday of Divine Mercy)

Galatians 2:20: I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, thank you, for loving us and sending Jesus to redeem us from our sin. We commit to you today that we will live by faith in your Son who gave himself so we can spend eternity with you. We ask that by your Spirit, you help Jesus' life be seen in us. Through Infant Jesus we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (April 07, 2013)
Day: Second Sunday of Easter (or Sunday of Divine Mercy)
First Reading: Acts 5:12-16
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
Second Reading: Rev 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19
Gospel: John 20:19-31
Lectionary: 266
Colour: White
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: John 20:19-31
19On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you." 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." 24 Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe." 26 Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, "Peace be with you." 27 Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing." 28 Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" 29 Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe." 30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
The Risen Lord Jesus opened the glory of his resurrection to his disciples slowly and over a period of time. Even after the apostles saw the vacant tomb and heard the reports of Jesus' appearance to the women, they were still weak in faith and afraid of being arrested by the Jewish authorities. When Jesus appeared to them he presented proofs of his resurrection by showing them the wounds of his passion, his penetrated hands and side. He calmed their fears and brought them peace, the peace which reunites sinners and makes one a friend of God. Jesus did something which only love and trust can do. He commissioned his weak and nervous apostles to carry the gospel to the ends of the earth. This sending out of the disciples is similar to the sending out of Jesus by his Father. Jesus satisfied his mission through his ideal love and perfect obedience to the will of his Father. He called his disciples, and he calls us to do the same. Just as he gave his first disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit, so he breathes on each of us the same Holy Spirit who give us with new life, power, joy, and bravery to live each day as followers of the Risen Lord. Loving Infant Jesus, through your triumph over sin and death you have overcome all the powers of sin and darkness. Help us to draw near to you and to trust in your life-giving word. Fill us with your Holy Spirit and strengthen our faith in your promises and our hope in the power of your resurrection.


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