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Study, Pray, Serve: 2nd Sunday of Easter

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Here are some of the themes in the readings for the 2nd Sunday of Easter.

1st Reading – Acts of the Apostles 5:12-16

  • The apostles continue the healing ministry of the Lord by performing many signs and wonders.
  • Many people are cured of their illnesses, and the number of believers continues to increase.

Psalm – 118:2-4,13-15,22-24

  • “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting.”
  • God performs great deeds, even in the midst of human suffering and tribulation.

2nd Reading – Revelation 1:9-11a,12-13,17-19

  • John is caught up in a prophetic vision where he sees the Son of Man.
  • He is told not to be afraid, for death has been overcome.

Gospel – John 20:19-31

  • “Doubting Thomas” does not believe that the disciples have seen the Risen Lord.
  • Once Thomas does see, Jesus gives praise to those who have not seen, but still believe.

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Easter


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Daily Mass: Three appearances of the Risen Lord. Catholic Inspiration

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Mark’s Gospel recounts three times Jesus appears to his disciples: Mary Magdalene; two disciples on the road; and then to the Eleven…slowly helping them understand the truth of His resurrection.

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2nd Sunday of Easter: The Church proclaims the resurrection!

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Study: Consider a time when you experienced joy in the presence of others.  What caused it?

Pray: Draw near to the Risen Lord and ask for His grace in your heart to face whatever is before you today.

Serve: How can your life strengthen your family and friendships right now?

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Easter

The readings today give us a snapshot of some key points that surfaced shortly after the Lord’s resurrection:

  • 1st Reading – Thankful praise and sharing in community life
  • Psalm – “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, His love is everlasting.”
  • 2nd Reading – Christ’s resurrection lets us rejoice in the midst of trials
  • Gospel – Doubting Thomas

What do we see?  Praise, gratitude, thankfulness, sharing, community life, overcoming doubt, facing trials, and rejoicing!  In other words, this is what happens to a group of people who have been transformed by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

And I want to live like this.

Frankly, I want all of us to live like this.  Filled with God’s grace, empowered by the Holy Spirit, engaging life at full throttle, dealing with difficulty through the power of faith….is there any other way to live?

So…in the light of these concepts that emerged from the fledgling Church…what’s keeping us from this?  Has the resurrection of the Lord “sunk in” and touched our hearts?  Do we understand what it means to say “The Lord is risen!  He is risen, indeed!” as followers of Jesus Christ?

Do we get it?

We all have obstacles, challenges, and the reality of temptation and sin in our lives.  That was true for the Early Church as well.  But note this: they changed.  In the light of the Risen Lord their lives were forever altered: praising God, facing hardship, working together, filled with joy.

This is our invitation today, and it works in three simple steps:

  1. Accept the resurrection of Jesus Christ
  2. Bring the Lord’s power into your heart
  3. Change whatever is not worthy of Heaven and live in his Light

There is no better way to journey through this life!


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Note: This post was first published on April 17, 2017.

Daily Mass: Boldness and Belief. Catholic Inspiration

As the disciples moved from doubt to bold belief, we see the process that often accompanies our transformation in faith.  We need time to understand, integrate and apply God’s grace to our lives; may this Easter season help us to proclaim the Good News with boldness!

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2nd Sunday of Easter: Healing, Speaking, and Believing

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Study: Reflect on your life right now.  What needs to be touched by the power of Christ’s resurrection?

Pray: The resurrection of Jesus brings power and hope to all believers; pray for God’s grace in your daily life.

Serve:  How might the Good News of Christ shine through your words and actions today?

2nd Sunday of Easter Readings

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I continually marvel at the power of the Resurrection of Christ in the lives of the apostles.  They are different people!  Standing in the light of Easter, touching and speaking to the Risen Lord, they can’t go back – their lives are forever changed and empowered to proclaim Good News.  Check this out:

  • 1st Reading – Signs & Wonders performed by the Apostles
  • Psalm Response – “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting!”
  • 2nd Reading – John proclaims the Good News of Christ
  • Gospel – Jesus appears to his Disciples, and Thomas moves from doubt to belief

Note this: it wasn’t the miracles, healings, or teachings of Jesus that brought about this change.  It was the resurrection; all these people who formerly followed Jesus are transformed into a new creation by the experience of the Easter.  They are freed from fear and no longer bound by sin.  Their lives are shot through with grace, mercy, peace, and joy.

I want this.  I want this for every person I meet, for every person I know, and certainly for my own heart.  To bask in the light of Christ raised from the dead – to know that God has built a bridge that covers the gap from our weakness to the glory of Heaven – is to live with a power and conviction that brings the Lord’s life to a world in need of Good News.

So today:

  1. What needs to be healed in our lives?
  2. How might we proclaim Good News to others?
  3. How might we foster our faith in the Lord…and witness Easter joy?

Our faith is not a history lesson.  Christ’s resurrection continues to bring change and renewal to our lives today.  May we open our hearts to the Lord and allow Easter glory to shine in our lives.


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Daily Mass Readings

There are times when we stubbornly cling to assumptions and thoughts which distance us from the Lord and one another.  The Lord invites us in the Gospel today to believe that we might have eternal life.


2nd Sunday of Easter – Doubting Thomas


Study:  Reflect back on a time when you experience real doubt and disbelief; was it about good or bad news?  How did you work through your doubt to grow in trust and hope?

Pray:  Take time this week to pray for faith and trust, especially about situations in your life or in the lives of others that confront doubt.

Serve:  Reach out with comfort and support to those who struggle with doubt, particularly in regards to their faith in God.  Perhaps you may be the instrument through whom the Holy Spirit will draw others nearer to Jesus Christ.

2nd Sunday of Easter Readings:

I am often fascinated by the ways that people handle good news.  In particular, I am amazed at those moments when individuals are informed or confronted by a situation that is truly delightful.

Some folks begin to stammer and stutter; others cannot speak at all.  Some giggle; others cry; and still others start to babble in sounds that have never been formulated before on this planet.

Yet while some people embrace their good news, others react differently.  These are the skeptics; they are looking for the “real side” of the story.  They do not trust the situation, but are trying to find out what is really behind all the smoke and mirrors.  They refuse to accept what they have seen.

The response is natural and often happens.  Confronted by good news, there are times when people hesitate to believe.  Experience or cynicism has left them with doubt – closing them from the possibility that fortune has blessed them.

This scenario is found in the Gospel today.  Thomas, who is not present when Jesus first appears to the disciples, scoffs at their claim that they have seen the Lord.  He makes his well known statement:

“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
and put my finger into the nailmarks
and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

His doubt is strong:  until he SEES and TOUCHES the Lord, he will not accept the news about Jesus.  He will not believe.

Yet Jesus comes back a second time, inviting Thomas to see and touch and believe.  The Lord’s appearance moves Thomas to make his claim of faith calling Jesus both Lord and God.  While he is no longer doubtful, Jesus gently chides him that he needed sight to confirm his belief.

We journey through this life with the good news of Jesus Christ, whose resurrection gives us all the hope of eternal life.  Yet there are times when we can become like Thomas, doubting the truth of our faith and asking for signs of God’s presence.

May we see in Thomas an example of the Lord’s unrelenting love.  Just as Jesus responded to his doubt, may we come to the Lord in our weakness and seek hope and faith in our need.  May we trust that the Lord will renew us with the faith of Thomas.

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