April 12, 2015

2ND Sunday of Easter, Sunday of Divine Mercy

mp 04Sawai Chinnawong, Thailand, “Story of Redemptione”

First Reading: Acts 4:32-35
“Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord”.

Second Reading: 1 Jn 5:1-6
“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments”.

Gospel: Jn 20:19-31
“Jesus said to them, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit”.

mp 05Evans, USAMeditation

As Jesus was a prophet of dialogue and healing, we too, in the community of life, can strengthen our gospel call “to set free the healing energy of Christ”.
In situations of simple daily conversations with one another we can draw others into life and healing as the warmth of the sun draws new. For example, simple conversations between people at the table enliven those who are experiencing difficulties.

Through a simple conversation in prison, a woman is able to acknowledge the violence she has caused to others and accept the healing presence of God’s grace.

mp 06Christell Holl, Germany “Life of Christ”Through simple conversation, a woman is able to experience dignity and respect and find the courage to change from a life of drug addiction and prostitution.

 Through simple conversation, an elected leader may better
understand the issues involved in human situations and choses to
promote just policy.

Through simple conversation, a hotel manager is so moved by
the plight of trafficked people he/she vows to enforce policies to educate
staff and choses quality of life over profits.

How conscious am I of what I am actually saying in my “simple

Am I mindful of the potential for good or for pain I generate
each time I speak?

Closing Prayer

As Apostles of the Resurrection, Lord, help us strive “to live in the
Risen Christ: ..seeing the world with new eyes , to gather into one, to
live from a new center of love.”* For Christ our Lord.

*(Quote from the essay by Ilia Delio, osf)

 Contributed by the USA Area

Published: April 10, 2015