Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Catholic Reflections: Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year B - Sunday, 22 April 2018


Homily Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year B - Sunday, 22 April 2018



THE LITURGY OF THE WORD
First Reading: Acts 4:8-12
Psalm: Ps 117:1. 8-9. 21-23. 26. 28-29. “
The stone rejected by the builders has become the corner stone.
Second Reading: John 3:1-2
Gospel Acclamation: John 10:14
Gospel: John 10:11-18

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This weekend, with the gospel reading about the Good Shepherd, it is also Prayer for Vocations weekend….    The key to vocations and discipleship is love….  And particularly God’s unique brand of love

God’s love is at the centre of all discipleship…    and all vocations…  and essentially in the vocation to the priesthood and religious life….

Pope and Saint John Paul, described Christianity not so much as a ‘religion’  but rather an “encounter” with God in Jesus.   Our discipleship is about  Encounter with Jesus and the wonder that it brings, followed by our communion with Jesus and next; Christ sends us out with a task – a mission…  so, in similar echoes of one of my favourite mottoes….  - “Jesus Communion and Mission,”  our discipleship is  ENCOUNTER< COMMUNION<MISSION!  


As disciples of Jesus….  We are not trying to merely imitate God’s actions, (as commendable as this would be),… nor are we merely trying to do what God, in Jesus, did, (as far as any human being could try to imitate our God made flesh)---    but rather…  we are ultimately striving to become more connected to what motivated Our Lord to act as he did. The reason and cause of all his actions and words…  which (at its core and centre)  is his identity as God – and God’s nature as infinite love… ….To become instruments of God’s love, ………………servants of God’s love…  and to become the love of God inside and out…

One of the reflections on vocations makes a wonderful illustration about the depths of God’s love, care and faithfulness to each one of us, the writer mentions the f
amous songwriter Irving Berlin, who is well known for writing hit songs like "Easter Parade," and "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas." Berlin was once asked, "Is there any question you've never been asked that you would like someone to ask you?" "Well, yes, there is one," Berlin replied. He posed the question himself: "What do you think of the many songs you've written that didn't become hits?" Then he answered his own question: "My reply would be that I still think they are all wonderful."//, "God, too, has an unshakable delight in everything He has made. He thinks each of His children is wonderful, whether they're a ‘hit’ in the eyes of others or not. He will always think they're wonderful." Irving Berlin hit it right on the head. Here is the critical truth about faith--it is grounded in God's wondrous LOVE for us. We may not feel worthy to be loved, we may even push that love away at times…--but we cannot keep God from loving us. That is God's very nature. God is a shepherd – (a very good one – the best, in fact). God is love. Today on Good Shepherd Sunday we remember the truth that God always searches for the one who is lost, or who feels unworthy or unloved and carries them in His arms. Anyone who would follow Jesus ,(the good shepherd)  as a disciple or especially in the vocation as a priest or religious…..  must be prepared to have a love for God’s precious ones – after the example of the good shepherd himself. 

As the readings tell us this weekend “We are (all) God’s children.  We are God’s flock.  Jesus Himself promises us that we are no longer slaves but children of God. 

(And since God has given us freedom, he then invites us to give our freedom totally in service and love for others…, as Jesus himself did with his freedom).

Jesus tells us that He will lay His life down for us.  He has already died for us, but every day He is willing to lay down His life for us once more.  Salvation is not something in the past, salvation is today.

Today’s readings begin with one of the Acts of the Apostles.  Peter is trying to explain how a crippled man was cured and why.  What is really important is not so much the cure of the crippled man but the love of Jesus for His people.  Even today we do not always understand this.  Jesus will do
everything for us if we have faith in Him.  He heals us every day in so many ways. (true, sometimes we ask for help or healing in certain specific ways, and we don’t always get it. But God always answers our prayers in some way or another..  and even if God does not take all burdens from our shoulders, we can know that at least God is love and God is faithful and God does not will any bad thing for us or for others…. God only wants  to cherish us always). 

The second reading, from the First Letter of Saint John, is a wonderful prophecy of what heaven will be like:  we shall be like Him and we shall see Him as He is.  So much of our life here is spent trying to be like Him, trying to live as He lived, trying to love and He loved.  In heaven, we shall be like Him, and we will LOVE like him. That is the goal of all discipleship and vocation …   to love like God. If we LOVE as God does.. then all other things flow from it.

The Gospel today reflects that this is Good Shepherd Sunday.  We have readings that explain to us what a Good Shepherd is like.  This is an image trying to explain to us the care and the love that God has for us in Christ Jesus.  Truly there is no way in this life fully to comprehend the love that God has for us.

We should be able to speak every day of God’s love and care for us.  If we can quieten our hearts and our minds, we will more easily see this love and care of God at work every day in our lives.  God’s love always desires everything that is good for us…. 

Let us rejoice and be glad today.  Let us be still and listen and look for the signs of God’s love in our lives.  Let us be aware of how much healing God has already done in our lives” (A)

And may God keep transforming us into instruments of his love and grace…  that we might show God’s love and care to others we meet…  and slowly but surely be transformed from hired workers into shepherds after the Lord’s own heart…  (with love at its very centre)….

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REFERENCES:

I was very impressed by the following resources and have relied heavily on them for this homily this weekend, (quoting them extensively).


(A) MONASTERY OF CHRIST IN THE DESERT. ABBOT’S HOMILY. Abbot Philip, OSB


Vocations day resources.  (2012) . Archdiocese of Brisbane.


Inaugural Speech to Clergy of Brisbane by Archbishop-elect of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge,  (2012) – taken from notes by Paul Kelly.


FR. PAUL W. KELLY
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Scriptures are from the New Revised Standard Version: © 1989,  by the national council of Churches of Christ, USA. , //adaptations to conform with Catholic liturgical norms, © 2009, by the same.
 [{selected psalms } - ***Psalm verses are (also) taken from “The Psalms: A New Translation” ©1963, The Grail (England), published by Collins.. **]

{ “Mass In Honour of St. Ralph Sherwin” -published 2011,  Composed and Sung by Jeffrey M. Ostrowski 
Featuring the….Gloria, The Creed, The Kyrie, The Mass parts, [[       - Psalms:  
http://www.ccwatershed.org/chabanel/  ]]] ] COPYRIGHT @ 2018 CORPUS CHRISTI WATERSHED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  www.ccwatershed.org/vatican/Ralph_Sherwin_Videos/  

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Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year B
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Sunday, 22 April 2018)

(EPISODE: 92 )
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The Easter Season continues this weekend.  We see the wonderful boldness of the disciples, who fearlessly preach god’s word, even in the face of opposition.  And we see what a true leader should be like…  a shepherd who cares for and knows their flock… and would give their lives for them……  this is faith, hope and love.
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The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
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Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.
Lord Jesus, you are the image of the unseen God: Lord, have mercy.//You are the firstborn of all creation: Christ, have mercy//You are the head of the body, the Church: Lord, have mercy//
May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.  Amen.
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Memorial Acclamation

We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again.

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Easter III

Euch Prayer II

Communion side.  pwk: 
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Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Catholic Reflections: Third Sunday of Easter-B - Sunday, 15 April 2018

Homily Third Sunday of Easter-B - Sunday, 15 April 2018

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD
First Reading: Acts 3:13-15. 17-19
Psalm: Ps 4:2. 4. 7. 9 “
Lord, let your face shine on us
Second Reading: 1 John 2:1-5
Gospel Acclamation: cf Luke 24:32
Gospel: Luke 24:35-48
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In the gospel, this weekend, the absolute truth of PHYSICAL resurrection of Christ, is again reinforced.

Jesus even shares a meal with his disciples; and makes a point of eating what sounds like a delightful piece of grilled fish to show his disciples he is indeed flesh and blood.

It is quite a claim to suggest that Jesus has risen. The Disciples initially couldn’t believe what they were hearing when reports started coming in that Jesus has risen again. If it were merely a made up story, it would be easy to suggest that he was merely Spiritually risen, and experienced a kind of ethereal and spiritual way, but that is not what is being said and not what has ever been claimed. Jesus is RISEN, and he is truly risen! His disciples saw him, touched him, ate with him and spoke with him on several occasions.

The true genius of the Christian faith is our belief in the Resurrection and what it says about the relationship and connection between the BODY and the SOUL. For Christians, the body is not just some annoying outer shell that encases the pure spirit of a person and which would be better off being cast off so that the person can achieve perfection.
The Greek philosophy (which was very popular and influential in the time of Jesus, and has been very influential throughout history, tends to see a division between body and spirit. The Greek philosophy tends to see the “Spirit” as pure and divine and good, and the body (that is, the physical) is corruptible, sinful and bad.

Even in the Jewish faith, the spirit or the soul was considered (by many) to indeed live on after death, but only some believed in the resurrection of the body. The Jewish understanding tended to see the flesh as earthly and the soul as heavenly.

The Christian belief in the incarnation of Christ (God becoming flesh.. and dwelling among us) and that Jesus is truly God and truly human, shows a profound understanding of the human person which believes in the holiness and the dignity of the body and the material world. We have been saved by Jesus – (God made flesh) - who took on our nature and never cast off.

We believe that Christ’s human nature was never cast off….. He kept his glorified human body when he returned to the Father in Heaven -- This belief informs our teachings on justice and the dignity of the human person and of the sanctity of the human body and why suffering is not something to take lightly.

Jesus Resurrection takes this a step further. The destiny of the human person is that they will one day live with God in Heaven (body and soul). The body is sacred and will be raised up and is not to be cast off in order to attain perfection. God will perfect us physically and spiritually. The earthly, the physical and the material DO matter in Christian spirituality, and cannot be ignored or put out of the picture.

The disciples, in today’s gospel, are shown to be in fear and doubt when suddenly Jesus appears to them and reassures them, giving them literally a solid and tangible foundation for their belief (his physical resurrection), the truth of which will keep them going in good times and in bad,., in peacetime and in persecution,…..

Jesus opened the minds and hearts of his disciples…. Otherwise, they would have gone on sitting and hiding in the upper room, and they would still not have understood……. and they would not have had the courage to go out and preach the Gospel - It is essential that the disciples (and each one of us) are “OPEN” to Jesus’ message.

Our discipleship and following of Christ (if it is to remain authentic) must always have a deeply practical element of action and right-behaviour to it. Our faith must show itself in practical ways for our physical world and the physical body.

One of the readings today pointedly reminds us “anyone who says ‘I know (God)’… but doesn’t keep God’s commandments is a liar.” … Anyone who says ‘I know Jesus’… but does not live according to Jesus’ actions, teachings, values.. and behaviours… /….anyone who does not show real respect for the world and the human person, does NOT have the TRUTH in them.

The other important point from today’s readings is that the Resurrection of Christ and his sacrifice on the cross, tells us a lot about sin and its forgiveness….. ///… We sin. Sadly, this is often what we humans do. But that is never where we leave things. We cannot ever make a concession to weakness and wallow in the lowest common denominator of our frailty. We can often do the wrong thing and sometimes it is knowingly, sometimes it is out of ignorance, and sometimes it is out of negligent failure to know what we ought. We humans are flawed, but nevertheless, infinitely loved by God who created us.

God knows what we are like and loves us unconditionally as a parent loves their child.

And, just like a parent’s love for a child, - a parent does not condone or encourage bad behaviour or ‘wilful refusal to change one’s ways’ because of the lame excuse that “we are all human and we all make mistakes.” Just because we are human and prone to sin is no excuse to stay in our bad habits and remain in ignorance. We are called, as beloved children of God, to grow and change constantly. We are called to spend our whole lives on a journey of learning, openness, repentance, conversion and transformation, with God’s grace.


So, a major victory achieved through Christ’s death and resurrection must be seen as the forgiveness of human sin. “The scriptures point out is not easy for us to admit that we are sinners and that there is sin in the world. Today we speak of ‘mistakes,’ of ‘faults,’ of ‘misunderstandings’—but sin is also there and not to be denied. Sin is a reality that is still a very unpopular topic, even though really, it is not being falsely humble to say… we are all sinners.

We are all invited to look into our hearts and to know that we need salvation. Jesus needed to die for each and every one of us. We do well to recognize that our own choices against God are part of the sins in our world. Can we accept that Jesus came to die for us and for our sins and that in Him we are redeemed (purchased back by God) – Body and soul?
And we must now live in the light of this wonderful truth!

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FR. PAUL W. KELLY; and,

Abbot’s Homily. Monastery of Christ in the Desert.


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References:
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Scriptures are from the New Revised Standard Version: © 1989, by the national council of Churches of Christ, USA. , //adaptations to conform with Catholic liturgical norms, © 2009, by the same.
 [{selected psalms } - ***Psalm verses are (also) taken from “The Psalms: A New Translation” ©1963, The Grail (England), published by Collins.. **]

{ “Mass In Honour of St. Ralph Sherwin” -published 2011, Composed and Sung by Jeffrey M. Ostrowski
Featuring the….Gloria, The Creed, The Kyrie, The Mass parts, [[           - Psalms:
http://www.ccwatershed.org/chabanel/ ]]] ] COPYRIGHT @ 2018 CORPUS CHRISTI WATERSHED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. www.ccwatershed.org/vatican/Ralph_Sherwin_Videos/

“Faith, Hope and Love” theme Hymn: Words, based on 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, set to original music © 1996 by Paul W. Kelly.

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Third Sunday of Easter-B
(
Sunday, 15 April 2018)

(EPISODE: 91 )

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (or/ The Lord be with You)
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Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.
Lord Jesus, you have revealed yourself as the way to the Father: Lord, have mercy//You have poured out on your people the Spirit of truth: Christ, have mercy//You are the Good Shepherd, leading us to eternal life: Lord, have mercy.//
May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
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Memorial Acclamation

Save us, Saviour of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.

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Easter II

Euch Prayer Three

Communion side. pwk:
RH
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Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.



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Thursday, April 05, 2018

Catholic Reflections : Second Sunday of Easter-B. Divine Mercy Sunday - Sunday, 8 April 2018

Homily Second Sunday of Easter-B. Divine Mercy Sunday - Sunday, 8 April 2018



THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

First Reading: Acts 4:32-35
Psalm: Ps 117:2-4. 15-18. 22-24. “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting.
Second Reading: 1 John 5:1-6
Gospel Acclamation: John 20:29
Gospel: John 20:19-31
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Easter – Sunday Week 2. Year B.

This weekend is Divine Mercy Sunday, where we recall the absolute mercy and love that Jesus has for all humanity.

The world desperately needs to deepen our understanding and experience of the depth and breadth of God’s divine mercy and love for us and for all the world…..    It is at the heart of God’s nature.. and at the heart of God’s relationship with us, who are his beloved people- his sons and daughters.  

We see Our Lord’s mercy and love at work in the gospel this weekend.  Thomas doubted, but Our Lord did not punish him for his lack of faith. He instead sees deep into Thomas’ heart and sees the pain and loss and crushed hopes that caused Thomas to ‘not dare to believe’  that the Lord could be risen, as much as he wanted this to be so.  Jesus meets him where he is … and leads him to see and believe…   And this compassion, love and mercy produce such astounding fruits.  For Thomas, who so recently could not bring himself to accept this wonderful news, is now the first to declare the complete truth of Christ’s identity. He is our Lord..  and our God!!   

The Risen Lord twice says the words “peace be with you.”   Jesus is offering us true PEACE….   and it is something we desire very deeply…..     (The world is crying out for deep and abiding peace).

Jesus appears to his disciples to reassure them of the reality of the forgiveness he has won for us by his death and resurrection…..
We can truly be at peace and trust in Jesus’ promise that he does indeed desire to free us from our burdens and forgive us our sins…..    Our lord of astounding mercy does not want us to continue to be bowed-down and burdened by our sins and past mistakes…… God does not want us stuck in our mistakes, as we would surely be forever if not for his gracious compassion.

His, is a message of enormous hope…. 

He implores us….  doubt no longer… but believe…. trust in my love….    trust in my forgiveness…..    believe that I do offer you the means to real and lasting peace ….

Jesus gently chides and invites us too…   Do you doubt in my mercy?  Do you dare to think yourself unforgivable and unforgiven when I have declared you absolved?   Happy indeed are those who believe!

Also, the gospel today ends with the writer of John’s gospel saying….   there are more things that happened in relation to Jesus….    but they are not all written here…..   

WE, (these many, many years after Jesus walked the earth)…..   we too are witnesses to what Jesus continues to do in our world even today…..   We are called to be ministers of mercy, Instruments of Christ’s peace….agents of God’s reconciliation, and ministers of grace…. and ambassadors of Christ’s love….. 


The importance of the community cannot be understated either……   in the first reading we hear of an ideal community…. they pray together… they learn together… they share their resources to help and support each other….especially those in need. Our faith community exists so that we might assist, build up and strength each other…. especially our brothers and sisters who are struggling……   Jesus calls us to be a community of disciples looking outward towards the world and ready to make a practical difference for good….


Our faith tradition tells us that to understand and believe in Christ, we must read the Scriptures and meditate on them.  We must also come to know other believers and listen to each other’s experience with our hearts and minds.  Christianity is a religion that preaches Jesus crucified and risen, and active in the community of those who believe in Him.


Today let us ask Saint Thomas to intercede for us that we can believe more deeply in the great mystery of salvation.  Let us be patient with our doubts and keep looking for the truth of Christ's presence in the midst of the everyday events and people of our lives. 

Most of all, let us rejoice in the Lord who loves us, forgives us our sins, and invites us deeper into these mysteries.

May we continue to be built up by the risen Christ to be disciples who rejoice in being a community for the good of each other and for the common good of all……    Ministers of Jesus’ graciousness and care…..Jesus brings us peace and (having given us the gift of his peace), immediately commissions us to go out and put his message into action, by acts of charity, love and support for everyone we meet….
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References:
Fr Paul W. Kelly

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In the audio version: I acknowledge the beautiful chanting of the Gloria by Jeff Ostrowski ; chants from the Roman Missal edition 3, recorded by www.CCwatershed.org  media COPYRIGHT (C) 2018 CORPUS CHRISTI WATERSHED especially at http://www.ccwatershed.org/media/audio/11/03/25/22-10-31_0.mp3   / Mass In Honor Of Saint Isaac Jogues
published 19 May 2014 by Corpus Christi Watershed
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Texts used in this programme are for the purposes of worship and prayer for listeners wherever you are.
Prayers and chants are taken from the English Translation of the Roman Missal, edition three, © 2010, The International Commission on English in the liturgy.
Scriptures are from the New Revised Standard Version: © 1989,  by the national council of Churches of Christ, USA. , //adaptations to conform with Catholic liturgical norms, © 2009, by the same.
 [{selected psalms } - ***Psalm verses are (also) taken from “The Psalms: A New Translation” ©1963, The Grail (England), published by Collins.. **]

{ “Mass In Honour of St. Ralph Sherwin” -published 2011,  Composed and Sung by Jeffrey M. Ostrowski 
Featuring the….Gloria, The Creed, The Kyrie, The Mass parts, [[           - Psalms:  
http://www.ccwatershed.org/chabanel/  ]]] ] COPYRIGHT @ 2018 CORPUS CHRISTI WATERSHED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  www.ccwatershed.org/vatican/Ralph_Sherwin_Videos/  

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Second Sunday of Easter-B. Divine Mercy Sunday
(Sunday, 8 April 2018)

(EPISODE: 90 )

The Lord be with you.
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Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.
Lord Jesus, you are mighty God and Prince of peace. Lord have mercy//  You are Son of God and the Son of Mary. Christ have mercy// You are Word made flesh, the splendour of the Father. Lord have mercy.
May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.  Amen.
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Memorial Acclamation

When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup, we proclaim your Death, O Lord, until you come again.

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Easter I

Euch Prayer II

Communion side.  pwk: 
LH
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Go forth, the Mass is ended. Alleluia, alleluia !!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Catholic Reflections: Easter Sunday of the Resurrection, 2017. Year B - Sunday, 1 April 2018

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection, 2017. Year B - Sunday, 1 April 2018

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

First Reading: Acts 10:34. 37-43

Psalm: Ps 117:1-2. 16-17. 22-23. “
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

Second Reading: Colossians 3:1-4

Gospel Acclamation: 1 Corinthians 5:7-8

Gospel: Mark 16:1-8

Homily

Renewal of Baptismal Promises
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The Tomb is empty!!
 
Christ is Risen !!

The Lord is truly the God of New Beginnings and new starts.  Thanks be to God for the new beginnings God allows to spring forth in so many big and small ways in our lives. 

…….All that Jesus said he was, is revealed to be profoundly true.
 
Jesus said that he came to unite all humanity into the one family of God.
 
He invited us all to share deeply in the relationship he has with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.
 
His assurance that we will always be beloved and cherished children of God, is confirmed
 
It is all completely true. This feast of Easter celebrates this Truth.
 
We will live forever with God and with each other, in the new life won for us by Christ, on the cross, // and confirmed on that first Easter Sunday, when the tomb was found to be empty, and Christ was later encountered alive and risen.
 
All that Jesus won for us, (in his self-sacrificing love on the cross)…and for that matter, all that he won for us in the entirety of his self-giving life on earth….   is now given the ultimate stamp of approval through the resurrection…
 
How could we ever have doubted?….  how could the Lord of Life be held for long in the tomb of death? …. It was inevitable that God, (the source of all life), would quickly break the chains of death and establish a new order.
 
God has the last word on every sin….; on every tragedy, …… and this final word is one of complete faithfulness

Easter is a time of thanksgiving and celebration.   We celebrate life… (and new life at that). We celebrate love…. that never ends……
 
We have been reborn in Jesus……..
 
If in our lives we experience sin, ……injustice, ……….pain, ………suffering… or doubt…..   we believe that God will always be faithful to us…. //…….confirming (over and over again), that we ARE cherished sons and daughters……always…
 
This Easter, we give special thanks for our families and friends… We offer prayers of thanksgiving// and prayers of blessing for our loved ones.
 
Our thoughts too are with those who are working over this weekend… especially the emergency service and medical personnel..,  who are out there on duty, on weekends such as this so that we will be safer and happier…..   We are grateful for the work they do now and always… //……  we give thanks for all the wonderful people in our lives and the gift they are to us……//……..  may they be blessed with joy and health.. and may they know that God is with them in all they do… //…… in their work and in their social time… always….  
 
We thank God for all the love and support that we receive from those around us…. the kindness and care shown by those close to us….. 
 
May we be inspired to reflect God’s faithfulness and love to us,// by the way we treat each-other –// with appreciation and respect, gentleness, and forgiveness…. 
 
We see glimpses of Christ’s Resurrection even to this day… (two thousand years after he rose from the dead)…// Jesus’ resurrection is still real and active in our lives today…. 
 
We “glimpse” the resurrection daily whenever….
 
-         People who are suffering all kinds of troubles become filled with a peace, a serenity and a graciousness that goes beyond their present situation.
-         We glimpse the resurrection when people reach out in forgiveness even when they have been deeply wounded by another’s actions… when they feel peace and forgiveness in their hearts despite what has happened to them or loved ones…
-         Whenever people give practical assistance to those in need… especially those most on the margins and most alienated….   and (in this spirit)……we gratefully acknowledge the gracious generosity of so many at times of disaster.
-         Whenever people stand up for others who are mistreated and without a voice…   and it helps to change the situation…  resurrection is witnessed…..
-         And when people support each other and give strength and hope in times of loss… the resurrection is glimpsed… 
-        ….And we certainly witness the power of Christ’s resurrection at work, when people come forward,..  and say they want to be part of the life of this church and to celebrate (in so many ways) the presence of God in their lives…//…..they want to acknowledge, explicitly, the presence and action of God who is with them along their whole life journey/…… 
  

Finally,  the wonderful words of the Angels in Mark’s Gospel account continue to echo in our minds and hearts…  they tell the women who come to the tomb…   You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth. He is NOT here… he is risen !…  He is gone ahead of you into town… he will meet you there….

Happy Easter….    and at the end of our celebrations, we go forth from here to continue to witness to the resurrection in our lives and in the daily lives of those around us…… //    May Christ’s Kingdom come in all its fullness… and may we be of assistance in helping that Kingdom to flourish (in quiet and practical ways… by our actions, by our values and attitudes…..)……In the places we live and work 

As we go out…….Christ too has certainly gone ahead of us, into the towns and cities…  He will meet us there….
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References:
Fr Paul W. Kelly


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Easter Sunday of the Resurrection, 2017. Year B
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Sunday, 1 April 2018)

(EPISODE: 89 )

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
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Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.
Lord Jesus, you have revealed yourself as the way to the Father: Lord, have mercy//You have poured out on your people the Spirit of truth: Christ, have mercy//You are the Good Shepherd, leading us to eternal life: Lord, have mercy.//
May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.  Amen.
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Memorial Acclamation

We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again.

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Easter I

Euch Prayer One

Communion side.  pwk: 
RH
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Go in peace.(glorifying the Lord by your life)



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