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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Sunday of Divine Mercy

The Gospel for this Sunday has Jesus coming to his disciples who are locked up for fear of the Jews. Jesus comes and says, "Peace be with you." He then shows them his hands and his side. Then he said to them "Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained."

Here we have the mercy of Jesus giving us the Sacrament of Reconciliation. And, of course, Jesus is showing His Divine Mercy to each of them. Thomas was not with them so then Jesus returns a week later when Thomas is with the others. Thomas had told the others that "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into his side, I will not believe." 

Jesus came again and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be to you." Then He said to Thomas, "Put your finger into my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe. Thomas said, "My Lord and my God!" Something that many of us were taught to say at the moment of the consecration in the Mass.

Then Jesus said to him, "Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed." 


Saturday, April 10, 2021

Saturday after Easter

 The first Sunday after Easter now is dedicated to Jesus under the title Divine Mercy. Divine Mercy Sunday pushed Good Shepherd Sunday out of its place, but the Good Shepherd is certainly an image that conveys the Divine Mercy. 

The prayer for today's Liturgy asks that "we may always find delight in these paschal mysteries, so that the renewal constantly at work within us may be the cause of our unending joy."

I hope that our recalling and praying with the paschal mysteries is a constant renewal and gives us that unending joy. 

I desire to clear out my room but then do nothing and I need to tackle that extras that I do not need and am not using. I say this, but lack energy to do more than a little bit at a time. However, I am going to weed out many things today, I hope and pray. Our Oakwood Daily News told us that "Spring is in the Air" and it's the perfect time to do a little spring cleaning to see if there are things you would like to give away or donate. I do have clothes and books to give away and papers to throw away. Hopefully this afternoon will see a good start as I love having a neat room with nothing extra. I did wash my spread this morning and I am throwing away the huge stack of Oakwood Daily News.! Perhaps my musing over this spring cleaning will help my readers to also clear out and many things that collect without one knowing it. My prayer shelf is rather full, but everything there has a meaning for me so I will only dust it.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Friday within the Octave of Easter

 Today is my very favorite apparition. Jesus waits for his friends who have been fishing all night. As they have caught nothing, they are tired and discouraged, probably wet and hungry and cold. Jesus comes to them and first asks they if they have caught any fish. When they respond saying they have toiled all night and caught nothing, Jesus tells them to cast the net to the right of the boat. They do so and the net is so filled with fish that it is almost breaking. John recognizes the Risen Jesus on the shore so Peter leaps into the water to get to Jesus. Jesus has been busy preparing breakfast for his disciples. He serves them bread and fish and then He will ask Peter three times: "Do you love me?"

He asks each of us the same and tells us to feed His sheep.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Thursday within the octave of Easter

The Risen Jesus had a busy Sunday; I am sure He went to show Himself first of all to his mother.

Mary would not be startled as she had kept all his words and pondered them in her heart. It was a consoling visit.

Then Jesus showed himself to Mary Magdalene who at first did not recognize the Risen Jesus. She did as soon as He called her by name.

He also seems to have appeared to Peter, but we do not have details of that appearance.

Jesus also went to join the two of his disciples who are leaving Jerusalem for Emmaus but who seem to be discouraged and without hope as they know that Jesus was crucified, died, and was buried in a tomb. They did hear that the women had said that Jesus had risen, but they did not pay much attention to the tale of the women. When Jesus joins them, they do not recognize Him until He stays with them for supper and they know Him in the breaking of the bread.

Then Jesus goes to his chosen disciples who are in a locked room that Sunday night. Thomas is not with them. They are despondent and confused. They are pondering the stories of Jesus appearing during the day, but they find this beyond belief as their faith cannot make sense of what has happened and they do not seem to believe all that Jesus told them about how He was to suffer and die but would rise on the third day. They are afraid and so are gathered behind locked doors. The Risen Jesus appears in their midst and greets them with "Peace be with you." They thought they were seeing a ghost and are terrified. Jeus shows Him his hands and his feet and then asks them if they have anything to eat. They give him a piece of baked fish and he ate it in front of them. Then, Luke tells us, that He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. 

Let us stay with the Risen Jesus today and be attentive to the different ways we may experience His presence in our lives.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Easter Wednesday

 I love the Gospel for today. It is from Luke 24: 13-35.  Luke tells us that on that very first day of the week, two of the disciples of Jesus have left Jerusalem and are walking to Emmaus, a village about seven miles away. They are discouraged but continued to talk about all that had been happening to Jesus who was arrested, tried, and sentenced to death, a death by crucifixion. Jesus lets them talk and then he begins to explain the scriptures to them so they would understand that it was necessary that the Christ shoud suffer these things and enter into his glory. Then, as they approached the village, he gave the impression that he was going on, but they urged him, "Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over." So he went in with them...."

And they recognized him in the breaking of the bread. The Risen Christ then disappears and the two disciples, filled with new energy, rush back to Jerusalem to tell the disciples about how Jesus came and walked with them and their hearts were burning within them.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Easter Tuesday

 Today we have John's Gospel where Mary Magdalene is weeping outside the tomb. She turned from the tomb and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?" 

Is Jesus asking me the same question about "whom am I looking for?" The fact is that Jesus is here with us, in us, and we only need to turn to Him to find Him. He waits for us.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Easter Monday

 Today we have Matthew's account, 28:8-15.

"Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce the news to his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them. They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage. Then Jesus said to them, 'Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me'."

Jesus come to us and tells us, too, "Do not be afraid." Perhaps we have had many fears during this past year and need to hear Jesus say to us again, "Do not be afraid!" 

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Easter Sunday

 Happy Easter! This seems the only way I can send hugs of love and joy! Jesus is risen, Alleluia!

"This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice in it and be glad!"

The Lord is truly risen, alleluia. To him be glor and power for all the ages of eternity, alleluia, alleluia! 

The Collect for the Easter Sunday Mass is:

"O God, who on this day, through your Only Begotten Son, have conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity, grant, we pray, that we who keep the solemnity of the Lord's Resurrection may, through the renewal brought by your Spirit, rise up in the light of life."

In the first reading, Peter will tell us that God raised Jesus on the third day and granted that he be visible, not to all the people, but to us, the witnesses chosen by God in advance, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.

What joy Jesus gave as He went about appearing to those who were missing Him and doubting. He still goes around during these forty days after Easter consoling many and giving His joy to all who seek Him. Let us look for the ways the Risen Jesus will be with us during this Easter season.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Holy Saturday

 This is a day of waiting. It was a day of sorrow for they could not understand what had happened. Mary was one who could still hope. She belived her Son's words and pondered them in her heart. I suggest we try to imitate Mary as she waited for her Son to return. 

This is copied from somewhere and I thought it interesting. I had never heard of this before. 

  1. I learned of another Holy Saturday tradition this year – the blessing of the Easter basket.  A typical Eastern European Easter basket would include a variety of symbolic foods, although families can personalize to their liking.

    • Bacon is a symbol of the abundance of God’s mercy.
    • Bread represents the staff of life given by God.
    • Butteris one of the dairy products included to celebrate the end of Lent and the richness of our salvation. The butter is often shaped into a lamb, which is symbolic of the Paschal Lamb.
    • Candles symbolize Jesus, the “light of the world,”
    • Colored eggs as well as uncolored hard-cooked eggs, indicate hope, new life, and Christ rising from his tomb.
    • Ham as well as other meats, symbolizes great joy and abundance in celebration of Christ’s resurrection.
    • Sausage links are symbolic of the chains of death that were broken when Jesus rose from the dead, as well as of God’s generosity.
    • Horseradish is a reminder of the bitterness and harshness of the Passion of Jesus, and the vinegar it is mixed with symbolizes the sour wine given to Jesus on the cross.
    • Salt is present to add zest to life and preserve us from corruption.
    • Sweets suggest the promise of eternal life 
We always had Easter eggs to hunt for out in the backyard and Easter baskets to find in the house. Ours always contained a solid chocolate Easter bunny and lots of chocolate marshmellow eggs, other chocolate eggs and jelly beans all on paper green grass with the entire basket wrapped in cellaphane. Now that I think about it, did my parents buy the baskets like that or did they fill them themselves? It was fun to hunt for our baskets and each had a name so we could not touch or tell if we found a basket that was not our own. Later, I would find a gift instead of a basket - at least I remember that one I had one of the boarders from Mexico come home from school with me for the holidays, we each got new fountain pens. Then, I began coloring the eggs and hiding them for my little brothers. My grandmother and one aunt always arrived to watch the boys hunting for their eggs. 

I am spending a good deal of time in prayer, but when I come to write I do not seem to have spiritual thoughts to share. Maybe I will now that Holy Week is ending. I love Easter and the entire season when Jesus went about giving joy to others.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Good Friday

I have no words. Just be with Jesus in His Passion and Death on the Cross. 


Thursday, April 1, 2021

Holy Thursday

 Today we stay with Jesus as He prepares for the "Last Supper" before His death and resurrection.

He knows He is going to suffer and die; He knows that His disciples are weak and need Him and so Jesus leaves us the wonderful gift of Himself in the Eucharist. We have all missed having Mass this year and especially have missed being able to receive the Eucharist. On this day, we stay with Jesus, thanking Him for leaving His Eucharistic Presence to help us. 

I can imagine what mixed feelings Jesus had as they gathered for this supper in an upper room. Jesus began by washing the feet of His friends. He showed them how to serve with love. Then, He gave them Himself in the Eucharist. We should never stop thanking for this gift.