Have you ever been enticed by a sale on a certain product; imagined it within your possession, but delayed the purchase due to an over busy schedule. Finally when time allowed you went to the store only to find out you missed your opportunity? Throughout our lives we have experienced “missed opportunities.” In this Sunday’s Biblical lessons we encounter the Apostle Thomas who had a missed opportunity. The community had gathered together after the death and burial of Jesus. They recalled the Hebrew Scriptures that seemed to speak directly of His life, death and even predicted resurrection. Suddenly Jesus appeared in the midst of them. We learned by this account recorded by St. John that Thomas was not with them at the time. They greeted him, “We have seen the Lord!” Thomas missed his opportunity and couldn’t believe what they were sharing with him. The account further reveals that one week later, again as they gathered together this time with Thomas present, they spoke of the Hebrew Scriptures, remembered what Jesus said and did, He appeared again in their midst. Thomas encounters Him and proclaims “My Lord and my God!” St. Pope John Paul II declared this second Sunday of Easter, “Divine Mercy” Sunday. I always wondered why this Sunday and not another? It is the Sunday that reveals to us that while breath remains in our bodies it is never too late to encounter the Risen Lord Jesus. Thomas was given another opportunity though he missed the first one. Throughout our lives, Jesus is trying to break in! He is encouraging us to “see and believe!” Sunday after Sunday we gather like the first disciples. Sunday after Sunday we listen to accounts from the chosen people of the First Covenant of the Jews and accounts and letters to the first Christians. We stand and hear words from the Master and Teacher. We do what He told us to do in remembrance of Him. Each Sunday is our opportunity to proclaim: “My Lord and my God!” Don’t miss your opportunity.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU to all our Sister Parish Pastoral Staff and committed membership who put their time and talents together to make the celebrations of the last moments in the life and death of Jesus so very alive for us this year in each of our sister communities. Many copies of materials that needed to be made, many hours spent in decorating, dismantling, and redecorating, hours in musical rehearsals and coordinated skills all provided an opportunity for our worshiping community to encounter Jesus as Lord. Thank you for your dedication and sharing your gifts of time and talent with our community of believers. Easter Blessings……. Fr. Ron
MESSAGE FROM OUR BISHOP’S OFFICE: Bishop Malone and his Presbyteral Council are currently looking into ways to promote both the spiritual welfare of priests and the liturgical life of each parish. They are particularly concerned about the number and quality of Masses celebrated at each parish. With a declining number of priests, we should not expect priests to celebrate more liturgies on a weekend than are needed; and, fewer Masses with larger attendance would encourage more vibrant celebrations of the Eucharist. The Bishop is asking all parishes to engage in a collaborate effort to look at Mass schedules and Mass attendance. This will be coordinated at the Vicariate level with suggestions to be sent to a Diocesan Task Force that has been established by the Bishop. Engagement in this process at the parish level will be vital in creating a revised and coordinated Vicariate Mass schedule that will promote the physical and spiritual well-being of priests as well as provide quality liturgical celebrations in each parish. This procedure will take place through this month of April.