Divine Mercy Sunday – Happy Easter!
Yes, Happy Easter! Although you may think that Easter was last Sunday, as a matter of fact, the Church celebrates Easter for eight days (today being the eighth day and ending what is called the Easter octave). In the eyes of the Church, the Easter event of Jesus’ resurrection is so important that we celebrate it for eight days. Each day this past week we have used prayers from Easter Sunday and have ended each Mass with a double alleluia. Even the first half of today’s Gospel takes place on the Easter evening.
The words of Jesus to his disciples from today’s Gospel are my words of prayer for each of you: “Peace be with you. Receive the Holy Spirit.”
The Easter season lasts for fifty days, until the celebration of Pentecost on June 9. During these weeks we will hear about the life of the early Church and the work of the Spirit. It is my prayer that the Holy Spirit will powerfully descend upon this community. I pray that we receive the power of the Spirit, bear witness to the resurrection of Jesus and find His peace.
I congratulate the adults who were baptized and confirmed at last week’s Easter Vigil. I also want to thank everyone who helped make the services of Holy Week and Easter so beautiful. I am also grateful to those who donated flowers to enhance our Church environment. I am proud to be part of this Catholic community and hope you share the same pride in our Church.
On Divine Mercy Sunday, April 7, 2013, in a homily at the Basilica of St. John Lateran, Pope Francis said: “This is important: the courage to trust in Jesus’ mercy, to trust in his patience, to seek refuge always in the wounds of his love.” As Thomas recognized Jesus by his wounds, may all of us find refuge in the wounds of his love. Happy Easter!