If you guys think Satan hits hard during Lent… welcome to Easter.
HOMILY for 2nd Sunday of Easter
St Augustine calls these past Octave days of Easter “days of pardon and mercy”. For when the risen Lord appears to his disciples gathered as a group for the first time, he immediately offers them his forgiveness, mercy, and reconciliation. And this is summed up in the phrase, “Peace be with you”. For peace is the first gift of Easter. Not peace in the sense of the absence of military conflict, as such, but something of greater cosmic significance. The peace the risen Christ speaks of is primarily the reconciliation between sinful humanity and God; it is God’s loving mercy and his forgiveness.
And this reconciliation brought about by Christ’s death and resurrection, by his obedience and loving self-offering, effects a new creation. Like the first (old) creation, God accomplishes the new through his Word and the Holy Spirit. So, on that Easter evening, “the first day of the week”, the incarnate Word speaks the new creation into being, breathing forth the Holy Spirit, and the whole universe is renewed through being reconciled to God. Indeed, God’s Spirit of Love, is, as St Augustine says, “its very self the forgiveness of sins”. So, when Christ gives the Spirit to his disciples, and thus, pours his love into their hearts, he is forgiving them their sins, giving them his peace, and hence, bringing about his new creation – a creation in which God’s own love and peace is given to humanity, and dwells in their hearts; a creation in which we are offered God’s mercy and friendship. This is what we mean by the life of grace, which is initiated in every Christian by the sacrament of baptism.
Christ is risen from the dead!Dying, he conquered death;To the dead, he has given life.
A nice Christian lady just came to the door and began talking about the Resurrection and Jesus
My brother answered the door, so there wasn’t a deep conversation on Catholicism going on (he was too nice to interrupt her). I remained silent, but I wish I could have been all like “HEY LADY I LOVE YOU AND IMMA LET YOU FINISH, BUT EACH SUNDAY IS A MINI EASTER IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.”
Almost 20yrs years ago, I remember a knock at the door and a man in his 30’s and his son were standing there. The boy was about 8yrs old.
His father said, “We are walking in the neighborhood today, talking with people about Jesus. My son son has something he wants to share with you, would that be o.k.?” I said, “Sure!”.
The little boy started reading from a piece of paper about Jesus. I can’t remember exactly what he said, but the boy was very serious about what he was reading to us. By this time, my wife was standing with me, and we both listened and smiled. The boy did a great job, even though he was a bit nervous.
When he was finished, we thanked him, and I think I shook the boys hand. We both thanked his dad, too. They didn’t want anything from us, they only wanted to share the Word of the Lord. It was one of the sweetest moments I’ve ever experienced in my life.