Mercy, in touching his wounds

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2nd Sunday of Easter (Sunday of Divine Mercy), Year C:
April 3, 2016

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Discover the truth of Jesus’ resurrection

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Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
At the Mass during the Day: March 27, 2016

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Santo Tomás y el toque de Cristo

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II Domingo de Pascua (o de Divina Misericordia), Año A:
27 Abril 2014

Hch 2, 42-47; Sal 117; 1 Pe 1, 3-9; Jn 20, 19-31 (more…)

St. Thomas and the touch of Christ

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2nd Sunday of Easter (or of Divine Mercy), Year A:
April 27, 2014

Acts 2:42-47; Ps 118; 1 Pet 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

A week and a half ago we marked Good Friday, when our Lord Jesus was unjustly condemned and made to die a criminal’s death upon a cross. To make sure he was really dead, one of the soldiers thrust his lance into his side, into his Sacred Heart, and immediately blood and water flowed out. (John 19:34) And his dead body was placed into the tomb.

On the third day, he rose again, triumphant over death, and transformed, the firstfruits of the Resurrection. And he appeared to a number of his disciples, and what a difference it made for them! They rejoiced! (more…)

Ver al Cristo resucitado y ser un testigo

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II Domingo de Pascua, Año C: 7 Abril 2013
Hch 5, 12-16; Sal 117; Ap 1, 9-13.17-19; Jn 20, 19-31

En ese primer domingo de Pascua—al anochecer del día de la resurrecciónlos discípulos estaban encerrados en un cuarto, con las puertas cerradas, por miedo—por un miedo de que las mismas autoridades que habían dado muerte a Jesús quisieran perseguirles a ellos siguiente. Y ocho días después, estaban reunidos otra vez a puerta cerrada otra vez—a pesar de saber que él había resucitado.

Pero cuánto cambio vemos en la primera lectura, en un momento que pasó probablemente unos varios meses después. (more…)

To see the risen Christ and bear witness

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2nd Sunday of Easter, Year C: April 7, 2013
Acts 5:12-16; Ps 118; Rev 1:9-13, 17-19; John 20:19-31

On that first Easter Sunday—on the evening of that first day of the weekthe disciples were shut up in a room, with the doors locked, for fear—for fear that the same authorities who had just put Jesus to death would come after them next. And one week later they were inside again with the doors locked again—even though they knew he was risen.

But how much things had changed by the time of our first reading, which was probably just several months later. (more…)

Faith, doubts, and difficulties in the Year of Faith

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A talk given as part of the Lenten Mission Series for the Year of Faith, at St. Mary’s of Piscataway, in Clinton, Md., on Feb. 19, 2013.

Faith is our response to God’s revelation to us:  a personal receptiveness to his personal reaching out. Father Dan explores how we can address doubts that might undercut our faith in general, or difficulties that we might feel about particular teachings of the faith. “Be not unbelieving, but believe!” (more…)

How can you believe that Christ is risen?

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2nd Sunday of Easter, Year B: April 15, 2012
Acts 4:32-35; Ps 118; 1 John 5:1-6; John 20:19-31

“These are written that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that, believing, you may have life in his name.

On Easter Sunday, and throughout the 50 days of the Easter Season, we celebrate the truth that our Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead. The tomb could not hold him. His love conquered death itself, and he rose triumphant, his body transformed and glorified. And he opens the way to us to share in this Resurrection life: partially now, in our souls, through baptism; fully, on the last day, when he raises us up in a resurrection like his. (more…)

Following Christ through every change in life

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6th Sunday of Easter, Year A: May 29, 2011
Acts 8:5-8, 14-17; Ps 66; 1 Pet 3:15-18; John 14:15-21

This time of year is always a time of change and transition.

  • The school year ends, and many move to summer vacations or summer jobs.
  • Some graduate—from 8th grade, or high school, or college, or kindergarten—and move on to a new stage of schooling or life.
  • Some marry, and begin their marriage as husband and wife, with children soon to follow.
  • Religious sisters receive their veils and make their vows.
  • Priests are ordained; and some are transferred from one parish to another. (more…)

Are you a witness to the risen Christ? A messenger?

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2nd Sunday of Easter, Year A: May 1, 2011
Acts 2:42-47; Ps 118; 1 Pet 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

For 8 days now, since last Sunday, we have been celebrating the fact that Christ is risen from the dead!—a fact that was first discovered when St. Mary Magdalene and other women went to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away and the tomb was empty. There was no dead body; only the burial cloths remained. And there were angels, who they saw there and who told them the good news.

Now the word for angel in the original Greek of the New Testament is angelos, which literally means “messenger.” And how fitting that these powerful, immortal creatures should be called messengers, since this is one of the most important jobs they fulfill for the Lord. [CCC 328, 330] And that is why they were at the empty tomb: to tell the women, “He is not here, for he has been raised.” [Matt 28:6] And also to commission the women as messengers: “Go quickly and tell his disciples…” Which they did. And so a whole chain of message-carrying begins with the angels. (more…)