MAY 28: SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the one true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ. At the end of his earthly life, Jesus prays for us. He desires one thing – that all will come to know him and be in relationship with him. Do you know Christ? Do you meet him in prayer, hear him through scripture, see him reflected in the people you encounter? Do you receive him in the Eucharist and come to know his love, mercy and grace through the Sacraments? Then pray for the Holy Spirit to come and for the opportunity to share his love with those who have yet to come to know him.
MAY 25: THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit... It takes a disciple to make a disciple. We must continue to tell the story of our salvation, to tell the Great Story of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. He is with us still. Through our love, our retelling of our lived faith experience, can we lead others to him, that they too, may encounter him, and come to know him.
MAY 21: SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
If you love me, you will keep my commandments. Love God and neighbor. The Holy Spirit is the love between the Father and the Son. It is through the gift of the Spirit that we are able to love at all. It is through the Holy Spirit that God is with us, always. Encouraged by the gift of the Spirit, we can witness to this great love to all those who feel alone, abandoned and discouraged. As we enter these last two weeks of the Easter Season and look forward to Pentecost, let us pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit’s gifts, that others may know us by our love.
MAY 14: FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
In today’s Gospel, Philip asks Jesus to show him the Father. He has been a disciple of Jesus since the beginning and still doesn’t recognize Jesus as being one with the Father. It is easy in today’s culture to see Jesus just as another teacher or religious leader. It is harder to recognize him as Lord and God. How many of us, even after years of going to Mass, fail to recognize Jesus. It is sometimes difficult to trust that he will come back for us and lead us home. Yet he has promised that he will prepare a place for us. He is the way, the truth and the life. In him is our way to the Father. In him is our home.
MAY 7: FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
Jesus is the gate that both protects us from and leads us out to good pasture and life. It is through Christ, through his life, death and resurrection that we have access to heaven. He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. The question is, do we listen to his voice? There is so much noise in today’s culture, so many other voices that call out to us that there is a danger that we no longer recognize the voice of the Good Shepherd. Let us be sure to meet him in prayer and scripture so that we may become ever more familiar with his voice.
APRIL 30: THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
How familiar this Gospel is to us? We say “Road to Emmaus” and we immediately know the story. Or do we? The danger is of course that, assuming we know the story, we stop listening. Yet the Gospel is ever ancient, ever new. It is these familiar Gospels that require us to pay closer attention.
Jesus drew near and walked with them. Jesus didn’t just reveal himself. Rather he listened to them and answered the deepest questions of their hearts. He allowed them to grapple with and voice their disappointments. It was only after this encounter that he allowed them to recognize him in the breaking of the bread. If we are called to be Christ to others, can we walk with them, take their struggles to heart and listen to their questions? Can we lead them to Christ, and allow them to discover him in the breaking of the Bread?
APRIL 23: SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER/ SUNDAY OF DIVINE MERCY
Today is Mercy Sunday: Peace be with you… Receive the Holy Spirit: For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven. One year ago, we celebrated the canonization of two new saints: Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. In addition to calling the Second Vatican Council, Bl. John XXIII is known for his Encyclical Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth) and Bl. John Paul II wrote a wonderful encyclical On the Mercy of God. Peace and Mercy go hand in hand and lead us to exclaim with the Apostle Thomas: My Lord and my God.
APRIL 16: EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD
Happy Easter! He is Risen! He is Risen indeed! In today's account of the resurrection from John there are so many wonderful details which can serve as food for our meditation. While it was still dark, Mary Magdalene discovered that Christ had been raised. Can you feel her excitement, her joy? She cannot keep it to herself. She runs to tell others. Do we? Today, on this Easter Sunday, can you share in her joy at the Resurrection? And rejoicing, can you share this good news with others: that we have been raised with Christ?
The office for the New Evangelization wished you a blessed Triduum and Easter Season. We hope that you can attend all the celebrations of the Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil as well as Easter Sunday at your local parish. These are the most important days in the Church Year, when we immerse ourselves in the sacred mysteries of our faith: that Jesus Christ lived, suffered and died for us and was raised on the third day.
In addition to the celebrations in our local churches, there will be opportunities to watch celebrations from around the world and from Rome through the media. Obviously, watching the masses and celebrations on TV cannot take the place of celebrating with your parish community. However, it can remind us that our Church is a universal church and watching the celebrations from Rome or Jerusalem or other places can remind us to pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis and for people around the world, some of whom do not have the same freedoms we have or are in the midst of a warzone like Syria.
EWTN has let us know that they will be showing the following on TV or live streaming on the internet:
SOLEMN MASS OF THE LORD'S SUPPER FROM ROME
Pope Francis celebrates the Solemn Mass of the Lord's Supper
Thursday, Apr 13 12:00 PM ET (LIVE)
LITURGY OF THE LORD'S PASSION from DC
Celebration of the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion from the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Friday, Apr 14 2:30 PM ET (LIVE)
WAY OF THE CROSS FROM ROME
Pope Francis presides over The Stations of the Cross, from the Coliseum in Rome
Friday, Apr 14 6:30 PM ET (LIVE)
EASTER VIGIL MASS FROM ROME
Pope Francis celebrates the Easter Vigil Mass, live from Rome
Saturday, Apr 15 2:30 PM ET
URBI ET ORBI: MESSAGE AND BLESSING: EASTER
Live from St. Peter's Square in Rome
Sunday, Apr 16 6:00 AM ET
You can also follow these masses on the Pope’s App available for Android and IOS. And also on www.News.Va from CTV and Vatican Radio.
Another source is Salt and Light TV in Canada. They will have some of the papal masses, but will also show celebrations from Notre Dame in Parish and other Holy Week devotions.
If these media assist you in entering into the mystery of Christ’s passion and resurrection, then take advantage of these presentations. But be sure to spend some time in silence with the Word and the Blessed Sacrament, and participate locally at your parish with your family and local community.
May God Bless you.