FROM THE PASTOR
Second Sunday of Easter
April 23, 2017
We continue to celebrate the Solemnity of the Resurrection that we call Easter Season for fifty days! These fifty days of the Easter Season are called the "Great Sunday" which ends at Pentecost. On this Second Sunday of the Easter Season, April 22/23, we hear once again the story of "doubting Thomas" (John 20:19-31). The context for this story is of course a Post-Resurrectional appearance of the Risen Christ and His Message of Peace to the apostles in the upper room (the Cenacle) in Jerusalem. Though the doubts of Thomas are dramatically answered by Jesus who shows him His Hands and His Side, we are blessed because we "have not seen but have believed." This is because God has given us the Gift of Life and Faith from which all other gifts flow!
Moreover, this Second Sunday of Easter is also called Divine Mercy Sunday! We not only commemorate the apparitions of the Risen Christ to Sr. Faustina during the 1930's in Krakow, Poland, but more importantly we emphasize the reality of God's Mercy through the centuries.
Finally, the practice of Sacrificial Giving helps us recognize and affirm that our lives and our faith are a Gift of God! We can never fully give thanks for the countless ways in which God has gifted us! We celebrate our faith in the Risen Lord Jesus and His Great Mercy! Know that God will bless our Easter Offerings!
Blessings Upon All,