Second Sunday of Easter

May 2, 2011


In the Gospel, we find the Apostles in the upper room on Sunday Night.  It is the night of the resurrection – Easter Sunday night.  But they were not celebrating – they were terrified.  They feared the same fate as Jesus.

But then Jesus appeared and breathed on them said to them:  Receive the Holy Spirit.  Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.

Your holiness is measured by the degree to which you help others to be holy.

That is to say, contrary to the popular world view:  you ARE your brother’s and sister’s keeper.

Nor are we as independent as we would like to believe, for we are created for community – to be dependent on each other.  To accept Christ as the inspiration of our lives, is to allow ourselves to be held accountable to him, and since Christ is no longer physically present to us today, we are held to each other, in whom Christ dwells.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the First Sunday of Easter: (Acts 2:42-47; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31)


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