2nd Sunday of Easter

Published on Apr 17th, 2012 by Austin Keith | 0

The miracle of our Easter experience of the Risen Lord continues as we move from the Octave of Easter into the preparation time for the Ascension of the Lord into Heaven. Our readings are filled with the extended hope of the renewed disciples and we get a true glimpse of the advent of the early Church.

St. Luke, the author of the Acts of the Apostles (often considered his second volume), delivers us a picture of a community of believers that, without jealously or need for status, work and share in common. We are told “no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all. There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the sale, and put them at the feet of the apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need.” This care and mutual concern for one another was the foundation of what we, some two thousand years later, attempt to emulate.

St. John’s Gospel recounts the appearance of the risen Jesus to His disciples, who were still in hiding “for fear of the Jews.” Jesus came to calm their fears; He brought them His peace. Jesus’ kindness and understanding extended to another visit to help the struggling Thomas (the one who doubts), get over his sorrow and exult with his peers in the glory of the Resurrection. Jesus gave Thomas that precious gift.

Kindness, sharing, true concern for one another……no jealously, hatred, gloating, one-upmanship? Just imagine a world where we truly took care of one another; placing each individual with the care that Jesus took for Thomas. Bringing “Peace”, calming the souls and spirits of our fellow travelers. Just imagine how wonderful our world could be; if only, we would, could, get out of the way and let our Lord Jesus lead the way!

Remember, we can always Hope!

God Bless,
Fr. John