April 12 - Second Sunday of Easter : Peace, Forgiveness and Faith

April 7th, 2015

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First Reading  Acts of the Apostles 4:32-35
The first Christian community shared their possessions, and no one was needy.

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 118:2-4,13-15,22-24
The Lord's mercy endures forever.

Second Reading  1 John 5:1-6
Those who love God keep his commandments.

Gospel Reading
John 20:19-31

Thomas does not  refuse the proclamation of the resurrection of Jesus but simply insists that the risen Jesus must fulfil all his expectations. The following Sunday Thomas is challenged by Jesus himself to come to the true peace which only authentic faith can produce. Like Thomas, are we sometimes 'not there' when Jesus comes, or, again like Thomas, do we want God to behave int he way that might suit us best? The story of Jesus was written for us, so that we might deepen our belief that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. such belief is life-giving.