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Born Again

Apr
23

“Amen, Amen, I say to you, unless you are born from above, you cannot see the Kingdom of God” (John 3:3).
 
Two weeks after Easter Sunday, the Easter Season will continue for a total of 50 days to focus our attention on the mysteries of Jesus' death and resurrection. 
 

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My Lord and My God

Apr
22

“In God’s great mercy, God gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:3).
 

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Fully Restored to Restore Others

Apr
20

“It is the Lord!” (John 21:7).
 
This story from John, like Luke’s story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus, summarizes the emerging understanding of the risen Jesus by the early Church. Just as Luke’s account explains the role of suffering in the mission of Jesus, the account of the encounter between the disciples and Jesus on the shore of the Sea of Tiberias reveals that forgiveness is the heart of the Gospel.
 

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Take the Next Step

Apr
19

“Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see” (Luke 24:38).
 
Much is made of hands and feet in the resurrection stories, or for that matter, in the Gospels themselves.
 
The biblical idea of our feet seems to emphasize an obvious truth—that wherever our feet are going, the rest of us is sure to follow.  We are told in the psalms to rejoice in the feet of those who bring good news. Pilgrims know that they have actually reached the Temple, for “even now our feet our standing in your precincts.”
 

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What Is Easter To Us?

Apr
18

“They were filled with amazement” (Acts 3:10).
 
There are different levels of amazement, from happy surprise to earth-shaking wonder. Some experiences can only be described as encounters with God.  Something transcendent has touched our lives and changed everything, especially the way we see reality itself.
 

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Woman, Why Are You Weeping?

Apr
17

“They have taken my Lord away, and I don’t know where they have put him” (John 20:11).
 
Mary Magdalene can rightfully claim the title given her by Pope Benedict as “Apostle to the Apostles.”  She is the first person to whom the risen Jesus appeared on Easter morning, and he sends her to tell the other Apostles that she has seen the Lord. She is the first to preach the Good News. 
 

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Christ Is Risen and Goes Before Us

Apr
16

“Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away from the tomb quickly, fearful yet overjoyed ,,,” (Matt 28:8).
 
The first week after Easter presents us with appearance stories from all four gospels: Mary of Magdala encounters Jesus at the tomb; two disciples on the road to Emmaus meet a stranger and learn the meaning of Jesus’ suffering and death; the assembled apostles see, touch and eat with Jesus; some disciples rendezvous with Jesus by the Sea of Tiberias.
 

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Breakthrough

Apr
15

“Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said” (Matt 28:5).
 
Easter has been called the “end of the story appearing in the middle.” Because we now know that love is stronger than death and that Christ has by his cross opened the way to our divine destiny, we can live fully and without fear as his followers.
 

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The Passion According to John

Apr
13

“It is finished” (John 19:34).
 
American author J.D. Salinger introduced the precocious Glass family in his stories. They appear regularly on a radio quiz show called “It’s A Wise Chlld.” In one episode, one of the children says that instead of giving a speech at Gettysburg, Lincoln, considering the number of casualties at that Civil War battle, should have just stepped forward on the platform and shook his fist.
 

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Our Baptism to Serve

Apr
12

“Master, are you going to wash my feet?” (John 13:6).
 
The ritual of the washing of feet, as it is practiced in many parishes, is both a moving experience and one of the liturgy’s most teachable moments. 
 
Parishioners are invited to go to one of several stations where towels, basins and pitchers of water are provided. Depending on where you fall in line, you will have your feet washed and then wash someone else’s feet.
 

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