Sunday, April 18, 2021

Third Sunday of Easter

Year of Saint Joseph

Year of the Family "Amoris Laetitia The Joy of Love"

In other years: Saint Laserian or Molaise (-639); Blessed Marie-Anne Blondin (1809-1890); Blessed Mary of the Incarnation (1566-1618)

Readings of the Day

RB: Ch 63:1-9 Community Rank

Mass: Acts 3:13-15, 17-19; Resp Ps 4; 1 Jn 2:1-5a; Lk 24:35-48

Lord, let your face shine on us.

JESUS, GOD OF PEACE,
HAVE MERCY ON US.

As yesterday, the disciples find themselves startled and terrified in the presence of the Risen Lord. No, Jesus is not a ghost (Lk 24:37). He is the living and true God in our midst. With your worries, anxieties, troubles, and joy, Jesus says to you, Peace be with you (Lk 4:36). On this Third Sunday of Eastertide, take time to sit quietly with Jesus. Talk to Him. Listen to Him. Here is something Jesus said to Sister Mary of the Holy Trinity (1901-1942): "Think only of me, of pleasing me: I will transform you. Let go of all that does not lead you directly to me, so as to be altogether mine. Thoughts, memories, plans, desires, anxieties-whatever they may be. Confide all to me. It is my joy to respond as God to humble confidence." And it never hurts to remind ourselves of Pope Francis's invitation: "I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting Him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since 'no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord'" (The Joy of the Gospel, 3). Alleluia!

Being Christian is not first of all a doctrine or moral idea; it is a living relationship with Him, with the Risen Lord: we look at Him, we touch Him, we are nourished by Him and, transformed by His love, we look at, nourish and touch others as brothers and sisters. 
(Pope Francis, Regina Coeli Address, April 18, 2021)

SAINT LASERIAN,
BLESSED MARIE-ANNE BLONDIN,
BLESSED MARY OF THE INCARNATION,
SAINT JOSEPH,
PRAY FOR US.

Today's photo: Catherine in Corvallis with phlox and two tulips. đź’—

© Gertrude Feick 2021

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