Posted on Apr 17, 2020

St John Vianney R C Church

Second Sunday of Easter

Readings
Acts 2:42-47
1 Peter 1:3-9
John 20:19-31

This Sunday traditionally has several names:

• Low Sunday – after the large congregations that gather for Easter, the Mass count today is usually very low! (clearly this did not apply this year)
• Divine Mercy Sunday – dedicated to the devotions surrounding the visions granted to the Polish nun Sister Faustina
• The Octave Day of Easter – “in the evening of that same day, the first day of the week …” [John 20:19].
There are several themes and phrases that I hope will help us in our faith at this time.

Firstly, the disciples are sent out on their apostolic mission – “as the Fathers sent me; so I am sending you”. We are to be an apostolic people: a people sent to proclaim and make Jesus known; to go and announce the Good News of the Gospel in a world that right now is in desperate need of the message of hope, healing and renewal.

Secondly, Jesus’s words of greeting: “peace be with you”. At a time when our lives, our hearts and our very existence are disturbed, turned upside down and changed beyond recognition, we need to run more than ever to the prince of peace who breathes his peace upon us – peace that the world cannot give.

Finally, the disciples met behind closed doors for they were afraid. We have been forced by this terrible virus to hunker down behind the doors of our homes. We must not allow this situation to close the doors of our hearts.
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