Jesus came and stood among them and said, “PEACE BE WITH YOU.” John 20:19
Here is a goal to strive for in our effort to make the Peace Prayer our own: learn to greet others always and everywhere in the same spirit that the risen Christ greeted his disciples after the resurrection.
Remember the scene. The disciples are huddled together in a locked room after the darkest days of Jesus’ passion, crucifixion and death. In addition to being fearful, confused and despairing, they are probably not a little guilt-ridden for having abandoned him. They were probably expecting at least some mild rebuke from him. And they might even have felt a little better on a purely human level if he had rebuked them.
Instead, Jesus greets them with, “Peace be with you,’ How forgiving, loving and liberating-how startling-such a greeting must have been to them. Not a word about the recent bitter past. No chiding, no sarcastic comments, no recriminations. No taunting reminders of how they were fair-weather friends who turned tail and ran. Bygones, it seems aren’t even worth mentioning by the risen Jesus. We’re starting all over here with the help of the Holy Spirit, he seems to be saying. Peace, that’s what’s in our future.
PEACE BE WITH YOU!
MY PASTOR’S EASTER MESSAGE:
“The Lord is alive! He is living and he wants to rise again in all those faces that have buried hope, buried dreams, buried dignity. “These were the words of Pope Francis at last year’s Easter Virgil. He continued to say: “Let us go, then. Let us allow ourselves to be surprised by this new dawn and by the newness that Christ alone can give. May we allow his tenderness and his love to guide our steps. May we allow the beating of his heart to quicken our fairness of heart”
We are hopeful people, we are people who like to dream of things that could be, and we are people of pride and dignity! Jesus rising from the dead, should give us the hope, dreams and dignity which are fabrics of our faith life. Let us rejoice and be glad, for this is the day the Lord has made! ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA!
REMEMBER: CATHOLICS ARE UNIQUELY AN EASTER PEOPLE. by Deacon Dave
Through this Easter, and the accompanying Easter season of 50 days, we celebrate the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus, our faith tells us that his celebration never never ends. All we need to do is remember all that the mass teaches us, all it has done for us, and all that it accomplishes in us. We unite ourselves to Christ in His suffering, attaching all of ours to His, and lifting it up to the Father. All done at every mass. Finally, we become One with Him as we take Him in-body, blood, soul, divinity. His very cells and DNA all com-mingled with ours. All at every mass. That is why nothing else pre-empts the Sunday mass. It is also why the Sunday obligation is of primary importance for Catholics.
At mass, we walk the stations, see the stone roled away, and witness to His glorious resurrection by sharing the greatest meal on earth with Him. Why do we do all this?
BECAUSE GOD LOVED US SO MUCH HE MADE US ONCE AND ALWAYS-AN EASTER PEOPLE.