Happy Second Sunday of Easter! Today is both the Octave of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday! Each year on the Second Sunday of Easter we hear the Scripture account of Jesus appearing to the disciples a week after the Resurrection. Thomas was not present the first time Jesus appeared so the others tell him they have seen the Lord (the week before). Thomas makes it very clear to them: “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” When Jesus appears the second time, after extending peace, he goes directly to Thomas and invites him to place his finger into his hands and side, and says, “do not be unbelieving, but believe.” Thomas makes his great profession of faith: “My Lord and my God!” Through faith, we know that Christ is always present to us. However, there are times when we experience doubt, when we need a tangible sign. Sometimes it happens when we are confused and think, “Our God would not let this happen to us, would he?” Or we might struggle in times of broken or unfulfilled promises and wonder where the Risen Lord is? Or when our world seems to be falling apart, when we are experiencing grief, when we have been betrayed, or when the hope we had been holding onto seems to be diminishing, we may wonder if the Lord has vanished from our sight. Then, in our “doubt,” our present-day disciples living among us remind us: “We have seen the Lord,” and by God’s grace, they help us realize his presence in our midst. We walk by faith, and we walk together in faith. Let us pray that we, like Thomas, who wanted a sign, will be given the signs we need to be able to experience Christ’s presence in our lives and be moved to proclaim that he is indeed with us always.
I would like to extend a special thank you to all who helped out in any way, preparing for and celebrating our Holy Week and Triduum Liturgies. Special thanks to Father Jim, the Worship Commission, the Art and Environment Committee and those who helped them, Sacristans, Liturgical Ministers, Patrick and Musicians, all who came to celebrate the liturgies, the Office Staff, all who helped cleaned the church, those who made phone calls, the Christian Service Commission for preparing special flower arrangements, those who delivered the flowers and Easter cards, those who took Holy Communion to the sick and homebound, and those who worked behind the scenes. We truly had some powerful and grace-filled liturgies. Thank you for sharing yourselves and your gifts with our parish community!
Blessings on this Fifty-Day Easter Season!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ