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Sunday 12 April 2015 – Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy)

After eight days, Jesus came in and stood among them

Touching Jesus' woundsSt John's gospel, written long after the other three gospels, is a meditation upon the events of the Saviour's life filled with Resurrection light. It is not surprising, therefore, that the gospel readings for the Sundays of the Easter season are from the fourth gospel. Today's readings are a celebration of the Resurrection faith that makes it possible to know and enter into the Paschal Mystery. They come to a climax with the story of how the original ‘doubting Thomas’ found faith.

This gospel invites us to share the experience of the disciples, finding faith through the coming of the Lord into their midst on the evening of his Resurrection Day. What a dramatic situation – they are to meet the one whom they have deserted and abandoned to his fate. There is no word of reproach, no reference to what has taken place, only ‘Peace be with you’ and again ‘Peace be with you’ – you are forgiven, come once more into my friendship. Their finding faith is a meeting with God's generous and reconciling love. And he sends them forth with the good news of the forgiveness of sins.

For many faith does not come easy and they are helped by the testimony that echoes down through the centuries of hard headed Thomas - as he owns that it is indeed the crucified one - the one who shared the deepest darkness of the world we have made – to whom we can entrust ourselves, as our ‘Lord’ and our ‘God’.

Authentic Resurrection faith awakens a sense of responsibility and brings a call to mission: ‘As the Father sent me, so am I sending you’.

John Thornhill sm - The Emmaus Series

Jesus, I trust in YouAnointing Mass

Tuesday 26 May 2015, 12:00noon – 1:00pm

Multipurpose Room
St James' Church
162 Kent Street
North Richmond Vic 3121

Please come and join us to receive the special grace from the Anointing Mass.

Followed by Luncheon.