Newsletter for Sunday 12 April 2015

10 Apr

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

Since last Sunday the readings at Mass have reminded us of those early days after Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.  We have been been invited to recall the disciples’ various experiences of the Risen Lord and in particular the way He strengthened them and seemed to breathe courage and new purpose into them.  Just think of his appearance to Mary Magdala, to Peter and John and to Thomas and that recent appearance we heard about when the disciples had been fishing all night and how he then appeared by the lake side offering them breakfast!  Recall his appearance to the disciples on the road to Emmaus, and how he gave them new heart.

Throughout all these appearances one can’t help but notice how Jesus also succeeded in enkindling a sense of identity within them and amongst them. Those men and women were, in every sense, gaining an identity: they were becoming a community – a community of believers.  That’s why today we heard Luke telling us:  The whole group of believers was united, heart and soul; no one claimed for his own use anything that he had, as everything they owned was held in common.

Let us make a renewed effort to enkindle our sense of identity as a vibrant, outward looking, Spirit-filled group of believers who love and support and encourage one another here at St Mary’s.

Fr Philip Sainter

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