On Easter Sunday we commemorate the miraculous event of Jesus Christ rising from the tomb on the third day after His crucifixion and death. His disciples were unwilling to accept the fact at first, but were given overwhelming evidence that Jesus had truly risen. Thomas the Apostle didn’t believe until the Lord gestured him to touch His holy wounds. The resurrection of Christ is also the greatest proof of His divinity. The great apostle St. Paul writes, "If Christ has not risen, vain then is our preaching" (1 Cor. 15:14), and all the mysteries of our faith.
The beautiful Catechism of the Catholic Church, given to us by Bl. Pope John Paul II, states: “The Resurrection of Jesus is the crowning truth of our faith in Christ, a faith believed and lived as the central truth by the first Christian community; handed on as fundamental by Tradition; established by the documents of the New Testament; and preached as an essential part of the Paschal mystery along with the cross: Christ is risen from the dead! Dying, He conquered death; to the dead, He has given life ( #638).
Our gift of faith is of inestimable value which we need to thank God for everyday. When lived properly it gives such an interior strength to the soul. We are in this world but not of it. This gave me such tremendous courage when my mother passed away last year (April 23). I feel some sadness in my heart for those who don’t have the gift of faith. Let us pray to the good Lord to grant them this gift.
NEXT SUNDAY, April 27, is Divine Mercy Sunday! All the Masses, Saturday evening and Sunday morning, count for Divine Mercy Sunday. When you receive Holy Communion make the intention of receiving all the promises, that is, full remission of all temporal punishment due to sin. Please see the inserted flier for all the details of our Divine Mercy Devotions. In brief here: Eucharistic Adoration 1:00-3:30 pm; Confessions 1:00-3:00 pm; Chaplet (song) at 3:00 pm; Blessing of Image of Divine Mercy; and Consecration prayer for Consoling the Heart of Jesus. Jesus said, “On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity” (Diary of St. Faustina, 699).
May the joy of the early Christians at the resurrection of Jesus be always in your heart.
Yours in the Risen Savior,
Fr. Jim Parker