2012 Bishop’s Appeal
The 58th Annual Bishop’s Appeal Weekend of April 21/22, 2012 Church of St. Pius X Loudonville, N.Y.
SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER DIVINE MERCY APRIL 15, 2012
VOL. LXIII NO. 16
My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, In 2011, thanks to the generosity of some 32,000 donors to the annual Bishop’s Appeal, your Church, despite great economic challenges, was able to provide services, programs and ministries which every day keep alive the mission of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ here among us in the Diocese of Albany During these recent years of economic instability, the Church has been called upon more than ever to help those who cannot help themselves. The cost of doing business in serving the people of God has grown incredibly steep. What makes possible the ability of our Church to keep going forward is the financial and prayerful support given selflessly each year by the faithful who populate the parishes of our diocese. Our theme for the 2012 Bishop’s Appeal is “Living Our Faith + Lifting Up Hearts”. Please know that your gifts are a tangible act of faith which allow many dedicated hardworking people to go out every day across our diocese to lift up hearts in our schools, shelters, day care facilities, elder care facilities, seminaries, hospitals, parish communities and homes. So my dear friends, I ask that you please consider making a gift today. If you have never made a gift or decided in the past not to support the Church for whatever reason, I pray that your heart will be opened and uplifted to do so. Every gift, no matter the size, makes a difference. Please take the time to read on and learn how people’s lives are affected by your gift to the Bishop’s Appeal and may Almighty God bless you and keep you. Sincerely yours in Christ, Howard J. Hubbard, D.D. Bishop of Albany
Next weekend is the 2012 Bishop’s Appeal Commitment Sunday. This Appeal supports all of the vital ministries and programs throughout the Diocese of Albany. It is our one opportunity during the year to reach out in support of all the people of God beyond the boundary of our own parish (Parish name). Please respond to the Bishop’s Appeal by making a pledge that you can pay throughout the year. Your gift directly helps our parish to pay its share of the important work of the diocese. Let us strive for 100% participation: not equal gifts, but equal sacrifice!
Divine Mercy Sunday celebrations will be offered again this year at St. Pius X Church this Sunday, April 15. The celebration begins at 2:00 pm with Holy Hour, Confession, Rosary and at 3:00 pm, the Divine Mercy Chaplet & Mass. *************************************************** THE ENDLESS TASK: In today’s first reading the early Christians are described as having “no needy person among them” (Acts 4:34). The well-off, we are told, sold their possessions and gave the proceeds to the apostles to share among the poorer members. This assistance was possible in a small community of believers, where everyone knew each other and worshiped together. In most of our churches today people only know a small portion of fellow parishioners, and they may be entirely unaware of who is suffering from job loss, overwhelming medical bills, a home foreclosure, or other crisis. Some of us have fallen prey to “compassion fatigue.” We are bombarded by negative news in the media, and the problems seem so overwhelming that we’ve withdrawn from trying to do anything. The surest cure for compassion fatigue is to go out and commit ourselves to serve in any way we can. Across the country thousands of people are serving, caring for, and comforting “the needy among them.” Catholic Charities and the Saint Vincent de Paul Society are probably the most well-known organizations, but there are many more local groups and thousands of individual Catholics who are regularly going out of their way to help neighbors, fellow parishioners, and needy people in their local community. There will always be crises, natural disasters, economic downturns, and personal suffering; it is an inevitable part of the human condition. It is impractical in today’s world to think that by selling all we have and giving away the proceeds we can make a lasting difference. However, Jesus still expects us to commit our time, our abilities, and our financial resources to the continuing, unglamorous, sometimes thankless task of serving others as if we were serving him personally. On the Last Day, that is all he will ask us about (Matthew 25:31–46).
The Diocesan Service Committee is hosting a Day of Healing and Renewal on Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at St. Edward the Confessor Church, 569 Clifton Park Center Rd., Clifton Park, NY. Maria Vadia, Catholic Lay Evangelist with a world renowned ministry in healing, will speak on Jesus Heals Today! Maria is with the Glory of God Ministries. Born in Havana, Cuba, Maria was 10 years old when she and her family fled to Miami, FL, to escape the communist regime in her native country. Later married to a wealthy man, she was gripped by materialism; yet in the midst of everything the world could offer, she knew that something was missing. Maria had an experience of the Risen Lord in 1987 and consecrated her life to the Lord Jesus Christ and to healing the sick and preaching the Gospel. Her healing ministry has taken her all over America, the Caribbean, Africa, India, Poland and other countries bringing a message of faith, salvation and healing. As founder of “The Glory of God Foundation”, Maria is committed to making Jesus known to the nations by the preaching of the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit. She has authored 3 books; “There is Power in Your Tongue”, “Pressing On in the Spirit” and “An Arrow in His Hand”. Maria is the mother of 4 boys. Pre-registration $20 until April 14 or $25 at the door. Make your check payable to DSC, PO Box 38, Clifton Park, NY 120651018. There is no charge for clergy or if this is your first DSC event. For more info, call 371-7911 or 237-7391. St. Pius X School Board Nominations and Elections The School Board is an advisory group whose purpose is to support the Pastor and the Principal in the school's mission of providing a quality Catholic education to the students. Members of the School Board also serve on committees designed to review the school budget, plan the annual Winter's Night Out auction and dinner, provide service opportunities, promote the school though advertising and publicity and plan for the school's future. Nominations are now being accepted for four positions each serving a three-year term beginning July 2012. Nomination forms are available this weekend at all church entrances. Candidates must be eighteen years of age or older whose children are enrolled in the school and/or are parishioners of St. Pius X Church. Elections will be held in school between April 27th and May 10th and after all masses the weekends of April 28th-29th and May 3rd-4th. ************************************************** St. Pius X School $SCHOOL BUCK$ Program Sprucing up your wardrobe or home for spring with a purchase at the Colonie Center? Your receipt, whatever amount, can help St. Pius X School win one of the top cash prizes awarded in the Colonie Center $CHOOL BUCK$ Program. Please drop your receipts in the collection box located in the gathering space in the church or have your receipts stamped at the Guest Services Desk located on the 1st floor of the Center. Any receipts stamped within 60 days of purchase helps us reach our goal. Thank you for your support.
Sunday School: Remaining classes for the month of April are April 22 #21, and April 29 #22. There is no class on April 15 due to Easter and Spring Recess from school. Re-Registrations: The children in grades K-7 brought home ReRegistration Forms for the 2012-2013 school year on March 25. Parents: Please fill out the forms and return them with the fee to your child’s Teacher by May 6. One form per family. For those students who completed the 8th grade program, information regarding the Confirmation Program was sent home on March 25. Please do not put them on the Sunday School Registration Form. Any questions about Confirmation, please contact Brian Evers at 462-1336. Thank you First Communion: The Results for First Communion Seating are: 9:30 Mass: whole pew =28, ½ pew =3, sitting as a group =0, A – Z =21, and Z – A =10 (31 responses). 11:30 Mass: whole pew = 39, ½ pew =3, sitting as a group = 0, A-Z =37, and Z-A = 5 (42 responses). For both First Communion Masses, all children will have a whole pew in church seated alphabetically A – Z. There are 111 children from our Parish and School who will be receiving their First Holy Communion on Saturday, May 5 at 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM. Let us keep these children and their families in our prayers as they prepare to receive Jesus who is the “Bread of Life”. Rehearsal Dates for First Holy Communion are: For the 9:30 am 1st Communion Mass Children: Tuesday, May 1 from 3:30 to 4:45 pm and Wed. May 2, 6:00 to 7:15 pm For the 11:30 am 1st Communion Mass Children: Tuesday May 1 - 6:00 to 7:15 pm and Wed. May 2 - 3:30 to 4:45 pm. Children need to attend both Rehearsals for their Mass Time. All Rehearsals are held in the Church. We are in need of Altar Servers for both the 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM Masses. Please call the Religious Ed. Office, Mrs. Judy Ranalli, 465-8068, if you would like to be an Altar Server at our First Communion Mass. There are papers that need to be returned to your child’s Teacher: Pew Markers due by April 23, DVD/Video orders due by May 1, and Corpus Christi due by May 18. Baptismals should all be in as of this date. Thank You. ***************************************************** “The Run for Vocations” will be held on Saturday, April 28th at The Crossings in Colonie (South Pavilion Area) Why not bring the family out for a day of fun and purpose. Time: 9:30 A.M. - Registration, 10:00 am Kickoff, 11:00 am 5K Run and Walking Begins at Noon - (FUN RUNS for children 10 years old and under. $1.00) Suggested Donation: Groups of more than 10 is $10.00 per person (Includes lunch) $30.00 Family Reg. Fee (2 shirts per family while supplies last). For more info or to register please call or email Sister Rosemary, C.R. firstname.lastname@example.org 518-674-3818
A Call to Communal Prayer In order to respond more consistently with compassion and prayer beyond our Sunday commitment, the names of those who are seriously ill are printed below.
Jean & Stephen Mink
James S. Tomchik
Benjamin G. Forenzo
Charlotte A Wolfstich
Kerry Ann Beswick
LindaDubayFiebke Susan Kenneally
Marilyn & John Gradoni
Come join us for Eucharistic Adoration every Friday after the 9:00 am. mass until closing prayer at 7:00 pm. All are welcome. For more information about how to become a weekly or substitute adorer, contact Peter Ranalli at 482 - 9087 or Margaret Purcell at 453 - 9302. ****************************************************** Capital District Community Gardens ~ CDCG is a private, nonprofit organization helping residents improve their neighborhoods through community gardens for more than 30 years. Volunteer opportunities are available to local community members such as helping with a garden cleanup, collecting & delivering produce to local food pantries, volunteering on the Veggie Mobile or helping at events. For more information, contact Sharon DiLorenzo at 2748685. ******************************************************* Opportunity for Catholic Singles Are you interested in joining an excellent Catholic singles organization? The Catholic Alumni Club International is looking to expand into the Albany Diocese. They provide a group dedicated to social, cultural, civic and spiritual relationships in a Catholic setting. For more information, check out the following website: www.caci.org or contact Steve at email@example.com ******************************************************* The Albany DSC for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal presents a 10-week course on The Healing (I) Ministry by Francis and Judith McNutt at St. Edward the Confessor Faith Formation Center, Clifton Park Center, Clifton Park, NY. Session I takes place on Thursdays, beginning May 3 - May 31 from 7-9 PM. Session II takes place on Thursdays beginning Sept. 6 - Oct. 4 from 7 to 9 PM. This course consists of 10 video teachings presented in two 5week sessions followed by discussion. This is practical workshop experience in praying for healing. Course topics include types of healing: physical healing, inner healing, forgiveness prayers, prayer ministry, and other topics. Total cost for both sessions is $35. Due to the nature of the program, you must enroll for BOTH Sessions. Registration will close on April 15. Send your check for $35 payable to DSC, PO Box 38, Clifton Park, NY 12065. For further info, call 371-7911 or 237-7391. ******************************************************* SAVE THIS DATE: Pastoral Care Volunteers
Coordinator: Brian Evers E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org For your Safety and Protection Please remember to lock your car doors before coming into Church. Most unfortunately, even with locked cars, there have been some incidents in the parking lot during Masses. Anything such as GPS systems, cell phones, ipads, your E-Z Pass and your garage door openers should not be visible in your cars, not to mention other valuables such as wallets, purses and handbags. Thank you for your ongoing attention to this.
“Caring with the Heart of Christ: Pastoral Care for those with Memory Loss”, a Bread and Soup Luncheon for Colonie Area Pastoral Care Ministers, will be held Thursday April 26th, 2012 from 11 AM to 1 PM in the Social Hall at Christ Our Light Church, Loudonville. The luncheon will also include a presentation by Diane Van Dusen, Manager of Clinical Dementia Services at the Eddy Alzheimer’s Services. Ms. Van Dusen participated in the Medical Mission that traveled to Ghana in 2009 to help improve the lives of memory impaired elders and their caregivers. The program is for those involved in Pastoral Care Ministry, those wishing to volunteer in this ministry and those seeking to know more. All are welcome! There is no cost. However, reservations are necessary; please call Jeanne Pitkin at 462-1336 by Wednesday April 18th. The luncheon is being sponsored by the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese Colonie Pastoral Care Planning Committee.
PASTORAL CARE “The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own but they had everything in common.” + Today we are urged to continue to celebrate Easter. The gospel of John focuses on the confusions and doubts that arose in the community following Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus compassionately reassures “doubting” Thomas and helps his struggling faith; transforming him to confidently proclaim, “My Lord and my God!” Through the weeks following the resurrection, eventually all the disciples grew in faith, believing in Jesus as the Son of God and the Source of all life. The inner peace He brought to their chaotic world filled with fear and confusion changed their community to believers united in heart and mind. Why do you celebrate Easter? Do you know the life-giving Presence of God? Do you let Jesus empty your soul of your own worries and fears? Do you let Christ’s “Peace” settle in your soul? Do you allow His Holy Spirit to heal your relationships with others and build you up within your faith community? Just as the disciples needed one another to grow in faith, we too, need each other to continue to live our lives conscious of our Resurrected Life. This week, encourage the struggling and reassure the confused. Easter is a way of life. The cross gives way to Resurrection Joy! Celebrate Easter. Accept Christ’s gift of Peace. Every day in every way!
At the Dominican Retreat & Conference Center: Monthly Dream Group with Sr. Carol Davis will be held Monday April 16th, 2012 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Cost: $25. Breakfast with the Saints: St. Frances Cabrini with Sr. Barbara Ebner will be held Tuesday April 17th, 2012 from 10 to 11:30 AM. Cost: $15 per session. Seize the Hope Which is Set Before You, A Weekend Retreat for Women with Sr. Eleanor Guerin, RSM will be held Friday April 20th to Sunday April 22nd, 2012 Cost: $195 ($180 for seniors). Breakfast with the Saints: Our Lady of Czestochowa with Sr. Sue Zemgulis, OP will be held Tuesday April 24h, 2012 from 10 to 11:30 AM. Cost: $15 per session. For more information & to register call 393-4169.
Pastoral Care Training will be offered as part of Spring Enrichment again this year. Check out the Pastoral Care Courses from Monday May 14th to Thursday May 17th listed in this week’s Evangelist. They follow the theme, “The Heart of Christ”, and are designed for those inexperienced as well as those looking for enrichment in this ministry. Course D09: “Pastoral Visitation to the Mentally Ill”; Course E08: “Helping Children and Teens Work through Grief”; Course F11: “Dementia and the Pastoral Visit”; Course I08: “The Afterlife”; and Course L10 “Pastoral Role of the Minister of the Eucharist.” To enroll use the enrollment forms printed in the March 14, 2012 issue of the Evangelist, found on line at www.rcda.org, or call the OECFL Office at 453-6630 for assistance. Tools for Caregivers: Resources You Can Use When a Senior Relies on You. will be held on Saturday April 21st, 2012 from 8 to 12 PM at the MINISTERS OF PRAYER: In APRIL please pray THAT Bulmer Communications Center at Hudson Valley Community ColWE MAY HEAR CHRIST’S CALL AND FOLLOW HIM lege, Troy. It includes workshops and panel discussions as well as TO BECOME A SIGN OF HOPE FOR OUR WORLD. information and resources for seniors. Advanced registration is required and begins March 12. Fliers with more info.are on the Good News: Thank you to the parishioners who donated parish bulletin boards. Call 269-3976 to register. two CD’s to be used for communion services at area facilities. The CD’s are Ron Tynan’s “The Dawning of the Day” Caregiver Support Group – Thursday April 19th, 2012 from 2:30 and Renee Bondi’s “Inner Voice”. Thank You for your to 3:30 PM at the Marjorie Doyle Rockwell Center (MDRC). To kindness. RSVP call 438-4164.
From the Consultation Center: Polarity and Civility, a panel discussion with Bishop Howard Hubbard, Sr. Lynn Levo, Alice Green, and Luke Schmonsky will be held Thursday April 26th, 2012 from 6 to 8 PM at the Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary on the College of St. Rose campus. Registration appreciated 489-4431. Free will offering! For more information call 489-4431.
Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group – Fri. Apr. 20th from 9:30 to 11 AM at 4 West Plaza, Suite 405 Washington Avenue Ext. For more infor or to register call Jamie Mitchell at 438-2217 Ext. 209.
The Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley, Inc. is looking for Peer Outreach Volunteers to meet with nursing home residents and provide them with objective information on community and home based services. Volunteers can be part of the disabilOur Women’s Scripture Study/Faith Sharing Group will ity and/or aging community. Training and mileage reimbursement meet this Wednesday April 18th, 2012. We will explore are provided. Interested? Call Carrie Snyder Project Coordinator at Women of the Bible. This week’s theme is The Queen of 274-0701. Sheba (1 Kings 10). If you are interested in joining us on Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30, please call the Pastoral Care Three O’Clock Prayer to the Divine Mercy Office at 462-1336. You expired, O Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for Eddy Lifeline is offering FREE installations during the souls and an ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O month of April. Call the Eddy at 833-1040. (St. Peter and Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us. O Blood and Water, Seton Health Lifeline are part of the Eddy Lifeline.) which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You. Amen
Family Perspectives by Bud Ozar: In today’s gospel Jesus teaches, “Blessed are those who have not seen and believe.” Accepting someone as they are, without demanding they prove themselves or meet our expectations, creates a rich relationship. Without acceptance a home is only a house and a family is just a group of house mates. *************************************************** We respectfully remind everyone to observe the No parking areas on the parish grounds. These areas provide for everyone’s safety, and in case of emergency they provide access for emergency vehicles. Also, please park only within the lines designated as parking spaces. Areas outside of those lines are for emergency access. Thank you. *************************************************** April Food Collection ~ This Weekend April 14/15 Warmer days are coming, but the need for hot, hearty comfort foods is still urgent. Next weekend is the monthly food collection. Suggestions are ravioli, stew, hash, chili, spaghettios, rice, pasta, sauce, canned hams, instant potatoes, sweet potatoes, baked beans, canned veggies and fruits. Also needed hearty soups, hot and cold cereals, macaroni and cheese, hamburger and tuna helper meals, peanut butter, jelly, tuna, mayo, juice, hot chocolate, tea, coffee, creamer, personal care items and paper products. Again, thank for your continued generosity. ***************************************************
A WEEKEND OF INSPIRATION AND ENRICHMENT Sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Saturday, April 28 and 29, 2012 Fee: $20.00 for each day (includes lunch) Carondelet Hospitality Center St. Joseph's Provincial House 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road Latham, New York 12110 Saturday, April 28 "Experiencing God" presented by the Spirituality Committee Sunday, April 29 "Awakening the Dreamer; Changing the Dream" presented by the Home/Land Committee
A Sunday school teacher asked her children as they were on the way to church service, “And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?” One bright little girl replied, “Because people are sleeping .”
April Public Policy Summary by Jim Ercolano “Remember the time of hunger in the time of plenty, poverty and want in the day of wealth.” Sirach 18:25 A “just wage” that financially supports a family is defined in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1997): 2434 A just wage is the legitimate fruit of work. To refuse or withhold it can be a grave injustice. In determining fair pay both the needs and the contributions of each person must be taken into account. “Renumeration for work should guarantee man the opportunity to provide a dignified livelihood for himself and his family on the material, social, cultural, and spiritual level, taking into account the role and the productivity of each, the state of the business, and the common good.” Lisa Dodson from her book, The Moral Underground, offers some historic perspective on this issue: “On March 18, 1968, days before his murder, Martin Luther King Jr. told striking [sanitation] workers, “It is criminal to have people working on a full-time basis…getting part time income.” King…before his assassination had moved to arguing that just wages were essential for a just society. Adam Smith…believed that a worker should earn “wages [that] must at least be sufficient to maintain him…otherwise it would be impossible for him to bring up his family.” Smith seems also to ponder the meaning of “subsistence” and how wages ought to allow people…to live according to the “customs of the country.” To be paid wages that render the nation’s workers unable to participate in…ordinary society, because they cannot purchase the most basic commodities of life, was “indecent” to Smith. Henry Ford decided that he would pay his auto workers a salary that would make it possible for them to purchase the Model T’s that were coming off their modern assembly lines. The wealth derived from their “purchasing power” is a compelling lesson that benefited all concerned. It’s amazing that such a means to generate demand, sustainable wealth, and middle class incomes appears to be long forgotten. In a March 2010 panel presentation on Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical, “Caritas in Veritate” (“Charity in Truth”), Bishop Howard J. Hubbard chaired a discussion on the concept of distributive justice, and asked the following questions: How can societies assure a fair and just distribution of their wealth and resources? How can all workers share in fair renumeration for their time and effort? According to a 11/23/2011 New York Times editorial entitled The Poor, the Near Poor and You, one in three Americans – 100 million people – is either poor or perilously close to it (with incomes less than 50 percent above the poverty line). The ranks of low wage/no benefit working poor still grow unabated. During his last visit to our country, the late Pope John Paul II expressed his hope that the United States would become “a society in which none are so poor that they have nothing to give, and none are so rich that they have nothing to receive.”
PARISH WEEKLY CALENDAR APRIL 16– APRIL 22 Mon
6:30 9:00 Kathleen Fuina req. Her Sister-In-Law, Mary Ann Philomena Smith req. Friends Nancy Mahar Nigro req. The Finn Family
Masses 8:00, 10:00 and Noon No Sunday School RCIA
Church 11:00 am Conf A
Festival Choir Confirmation Workshop
6:30 pm 6:30 pm
Church P. Hall
AA Meeting School Board Finance Mtg. School Board Meeting
5:30 pm 6:00 pm 7:00 pm
Conf B Conf A Conf B
Bible Study 10:00 am Conf B Parish Finance Committee Mtg. 5:00 pm Conf B Parish Council Meeting 7:00 pm Conf B
AA Meeting Adult Choir Boy Scouts
7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Conf B Church P. Hall
9:00 Marion Kelsey req. Cassie & Mel Kelsey Margaret Marino req. Cassie & Mel Kelsey Chris Miller req. Tori Walsh
7:00 am 9:30 am
Conf B Chapel
6:30 Joseph Moskaluk req. The Sheedy Family 9:00 Leah Forenzo req. Her Family Margaret Habiniak req. John & Lisa McAuliffe Charles Elacqua req. Bill & Marion Coburn
9:00 Angeline Crupe req. Barbara Micare Philomena R. Smith req. Jeanne & Jim Conboy Gertrude Mirdel req. John & Patty Wahl 5:00 Vigil
6:30 Thomas Joseph req. His Family 9:00 Noel Barber req. Darrell Burns David Murphy req. Sharon & Kevin O’Dea Edward Carey req. Dorothy Antonio 7:00 Jean Rochminski req. Carole & Jack Egan Phil Gara req. Janet Hans & Family Ginny Kopp req. Janet Hans & Family 6:30 Teresa Cello req. Her Nephews Thomas Genovese req. Linda Rose 9:00 Doris Stewart req. Paul Milano & Family Elaine D. Palmerino req. Paul Milano & Family Nancy Nigro req. Dominick Rappazzo
Thurs 6:30 Dr. Antonio Farol req. David & Lillian James
8:00 am, 10:00 am 12:00 Noon
Music for Weekend of April 14/15 Processional: 595- Festival Canticle Offertory: 448– We Walk By Faith Communion: 173– Ye Sons and Daughters Recessional: 177– Alleluia, Let the Holy Anthem Rise Adult Choir: Let All the Earth
Eucharistic Ministers & Greeters Team 2 SERVERS FOR APRIL 21/22 5:00 pm K. Bouchard J. Bouchard T. Buff N. Buff
K.Hausamann R& D Derocher
V. Williams A. Tangredi
N. Audino A. Hormovitis M. McQuade
Noon T. Lyons D. McMullen A. Semmes
READINGS FOR APRIL 22, 2012 First Reading: The God of our fathers has glorified his servant Jesus (Acts 3:13-15, 17-19). Psalm: Lord, let your face shine on us (Psalm 4). Second Reading: The way we may be sure that we know Jesus is to keep his commandments (1 John 2:1-5a). Gospel: Jesus stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you” (Luke 24:35-48).
Throughout the liturgical year we focus on the words, actions, and miracles of Jesus as he moved from town to town. Today we focus especially on the first word of the Risen One as he greeted the disciples on the evening of that first Easter: “Peace.” The first word from the mouth of God’s Son—who had been unfairly tried, who had been beaten and spit upon, whose hands and feet were nailed to a tree, who suffered enormous pain in that torturous death— was the word “Peace.” Not “Revenge!” Not “Retribution!” Not “Kill!” But “Peace.”