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Second Sunday of Easter (Sunday of Divine Mercy) - Year A

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Second Sunday of Easter (or Sunday of Divine Mercy) - Year A

April 23, 2017

Gospel: Jn 20:19-31
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain (*) are retained."
Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "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."
Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe." Thomas answered and said to him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."
Now, Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not written in this book. But these are written that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that through this belief you may have life in his name.
The difficult words
(*)To retain means to keep or remember something. Hence, to retain a sin means not to forgive it.
This week’s spotlight

The Easter season
From Easter Sunday all the way to Pentecost, we celebrate the Easter season. Lent, the season of penance, was forty days long, but this joyful season lasts fifty days.Throughout this season, the Priest wears white as a sign of joy. We rejoice that Jesus Christ died and rose to forgive our sins and open the gates of heaven. Death has no more power over those who believe in Jesus. Let us rejoice, alleluia!
“l believe in one God”
The Nicene Creed is a text we recite out loud with the Priest to profess our faith. This text is very old. The Bishops of the world came together to write it 1,700 years ago! It is called "Nicene" because the Bishops wrote it in the city of Nicea. It is called a “creed" because it summarizes our faith. Creed comes from the Latin "credo," which means “I believe."
You are my Lord!

The incredible news spreads: “Jesus is alive! He is risen!” But how can we believe such a thing? Who saw him? Only a few women, the disciples, and his friends claim that it’s true. How do we know they weren’t just believing what they wanted to be true? Saint Thomas was with us on that question. On the first Easter evening, he wasn’t there. Later, the other Apostles ran to him exclaiming, “We have seen the Lord!” Thomas, however, could not rejoice with them. “Unless I see...” he protested,"! will not believe." One week later he does see Jesus, and he cries out, “My Lord and my God!” Do you believe that Jesus is risen? You have not seen him, but you have received the gift of faith at your baptism. You can make faith grow each day by choosing new life in Christ, by praying with Saint Thomas, “My Lord and my God!”
Discussion questions
1.Why are the disciples behind locked doors?
2.How does Jesus greet his followers when he appears to them?
3.What message does Jesus bring?
4.Why is it hard for Thomas to believe in the Risen Lord?
5.How does Thomas come to believe?
Praying after Communion
After receiving Holy Communion, you can say this prayer silently to yourself. If you have not yet received your First Communion, you can still say this prayer because of your desire to receive Jesus.
Father, through Jesus, in communion with the whole Church, I thank you for coming into my heart. Father, through Jesus Christ, in union with the whole Church, I thank you for coming into my heart On this day when we celebrate again your Son's victory over sin and death, I want to thank you for your healing mercy. Thank you so much for your forgiveness and love. Let my joy and love be a light to the whole world.
This week…
Reflecting on your prayers
How do you pray? Do you always pray the same way? There are four basic types of prayer: "please," "I love you," "I'm sorry," and “thanks.” Try to use all four types in your daily prayers this week!
Pray in different ways
Make the sign of the cross, then try staying silent a minute or two. Think about the fact that God sees you and wants to bless you. To be silent and listen to God is prayer, too. When you sense his presence, think about Thomas’ words: “My Lord and my God!"
Word Jumble

Source: usccb.org -  Magnifikid - sermons4kids.comrclblectionary.com –usccb.org/bible/readings-audio.cfm



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