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TODAY'S MASS: Two aspects of this meeting of the disciples with Jesus are especially striking. This is the last scene of the Gospel of John, for chapter 21 is an appendix added later. At the end of this Gospel, before the concluding reflection, Thomas gives the only direct acclamation in the New Testament of Jesus as God. Nowhere else is Jesus directly hailed as 'God' though there are other ways in which readers come to recognise Jesus as God. So, in a way, this acclamation of the Risen Christ is the climax of the New Testament. Secondly, it is striking that Jesus' final blessing is of peace and forgiveness. The mission of all Christians is to bring peace and forgiveness to a troubled world. Throughout the Bible God is a God of forgiveness. The Old Testament consists of a series of covenants of forgiveness, each in turn broken by God's chosen people: the covenant with Noah after the flood, the covenant with Abraham, the covenant with Moses after the worship of the Golden Calf, finally the new covenant promised by Jeremiah when unfaithful Israel is exiled to Babylon. Christianity is not for the perfect but for sinners. Forgiven sinners must bring forgiveness to all those around them. (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)
WEEKLY PONDER: How can you bring Jesus' blessing of peace and forgiveness to the world around you? (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: How did any of us make the journey towards faith in Christ? No doubt a great part of it is simply what we received; usually from family. At some point, did I make a conscious choice? Perhaps at other times I felt like walking away from the faith project? What kept me going? Did a more personal ownership of faith result? Perhaps I can identify with the intuition of John O'Donahue, “Faith is helpless attraction to the Divine.” In spite of everything, in spite of myself, somehow it is part of who I am. (Fr. Kieran O'Mahony, osa)
PRAYER: Mysterious God, we are those who have seen and at the same time not seen. Help us to look beyond the simple gifts of each day to see you the giver behind and in every gift. Help us to embrace the grace that we may know true blessedness in believing. (Fr. Kieran, osa)
THE POPE: The disciples had abandoned the Lord at his passion and felt guilty. But meeting them, Jsus did not give a long sermon. To them who were wounded within, he shows his own wounds. Thomas can now touch them and know of Jesus' love and how much Jesus had suffered for him, even though he had abandoned him.
SAINTLY GEMS: Thanks be to You, my Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits You have given me, for all the pains and insults which You have borne for me. O most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother, may I know You more clearly, love you more dearly, follow you more nearly, day by day. (St. Richard of Chichester)
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: We must be willing to forgive without limit even as God forgives; otherwise we cannot be forgiven. (Nels F. S. Ferre)
WEEKLY BIBLE: Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-
DIVINE MERCY SERVICE: This will be held at St. Mary's today at 3.00pm. There will not be a Mass after this Service.
SCHOOL REOPENS: Tomorrow at 8.55am.
HENRI NOUWEN: “The Spiritual Life starts at the place where you can hear God's voice. Where somehow you can claim long before your father, your mother, your brother, your sister, your school, your church touched you, loved you and wounded you, long before that, you were held safe in an eternal embrace. You were seen with eyes of perfect love long before you entered the dark valley of life. The Spiritual Life starts at the moment that you can go beyond all of the wounds and claim that there was a love that was perfect and unlimited, long before that perfect love became reflected in the imperfect and limited, conditional love of people. The Spiritual Life starts where you dare to claim the first love. “Love one another because I have loved you first. (John 4:19)
TAIZE REFLECTION: It sometimes happens that we go so far as to question Christ Jesus: “But what is going on in me? Why these times when I grow weary in persevering? I am seeking you, so how can I linger over suggestions so foreign to the Gospel? Explain me to myself?”
CHORLEY FOOD BANK: Thank you for all your bags of food during Lockdown. Thanks also for your continuing financial support.
CHURCH SHOULD OPEN AGAIN: If Mr. Johnson continues with his existing Road Map, I would like to open again on Sunday 27th. June but will keep you posted. Things will be a little different, because I still think that we all need to be cautious.
Fr. Peter Charles Crowther, obl.sbso
01254 830 995
Parish Administrator and Catechist: Jane Gilbertson, B.Ed. (Hons), B.Sc. (Hort), CTC.
Easter Sunday 2B , 11th. April 2021
Divine Mercy Sunday 2nd. Sunday after Easter
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