Divine Mercy / Canonization of SS. John XXIII and John Paul II / Second Sunday of Easter
Fr. Raymond LafontaineApril 27, 2014
As we complete our Easter octave, today’s Gospel presents us with the encounter between the Risen Christ and the struggling Apostle Thomas. I have always liked Thomas. I can relate to Thomas. If ever I become Pope (a long shot, to be sure!), I think I would choose to be called Thomas. (Although now that we have Pope Francis – not to mention our two new saints this weekend, John XXIII and John Paul II – it might be hard to make up my mind!)
In the Easter Vigil Gospel, we hear these words spoken on Easter morning to the women who went to anoint the body of Jesus, but found his tomb empty. This empty tomb is the foundation of our Easter hope. Christ is risen, just as he has promised.
We have just heard these words spoken by and Angel to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, who on going to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus, found his tomb empty. This empty tomb is the foundation of our Easter hope. Christ is risen, just as he has promised. Because Christ is risen, we share
Gratitude, Simplicity, and Generosity as Pathways to Joy
Fr. Raymond LafontaineMarch 9, 2014
Lent begins – as it does each year – with the familiar story of the temptations of Jesus. It’s a story we’ve heard many times before. We know the ending. But do we allow these words of Jesus to challenge us, to speak to us in the circumstances and challenges of our daily lives?