Happy Easter everyone!
As always, the Second Sunday in these days celebrating the Resurrection of the Lord find us in the “upper room” with the disciples (John 20:19-31). While most might focus their attention upon the Thomas who doubted, it might be much better to focus upon the action of the Lord Jesus who “breathed upon” the disciples and greeted them with peace. Imparting to them the divine power to forgive and reconcile, we can then shift our view to the shared responsibility to be healers of every sort in the world! One must leave the security of the “upper room” to do this!
The effects of the witness of the disciples is seen in the Acts of the Apostles (5:12-16) who increased greatly in number. They also trusted so much in the “Lord’s breath” which was upon them, that they carried into the streets those who were sick in both body and spirit to be healed!
We pray for each other that the presence of the Risen Lord in us and the Breath of his Spirit upon us may have a mighty effect upon us and the world around us:
O God of undying life, by your mighty hand you raised up Jesus from the grave and appointed him judge of the living and the dead. Bestow upon those Baptized into his death the power flowing from his resurrection, that we may proclaim near and far the pardon and peace you give.
May the joy of the resurrection fill your days, your lives and all the world with joy and hope!
We are almost there! I would like to thank those who have thus far responded to Our Catholic Appeal. Thank you! As of last weekend, 614 households of the parish have pledged $255,611.84 toward of assessment of $298,181 and 32 households from Mission Santo Toribio Romo have pledged $8,082.00 toward the assessment of $11,095.