Divine Mercy Sunday
April 24, 2022
In St. John’s Gospel, we learn the disciples are huddled behind closed doors. They have gathered on the evening of Easter day. They are disheartened; in pain; and wounded, realizing that they had deserted Jesus in the hour of his passion and death. They may believe that Jesus has risen from the dead. Now, they are trying to figure what this means for them. The first gift of Jesus’ resurrection is peace. He then breathes on them, “Receive the Holy Spirit, whose sins you forgive are forgiven them…”
We witness in the gospel Jesus passing on the everlasting gift of God’s love in the person of the Holy Spirit. We give thanks as we sing, “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good – his love is everlasting.” God’s love for us existed before we came to life and will remain forever.
As we gather today, we are grateful, we are joyful, we are loved.
Today, we celebrate the ordination of Deacon Mark Madden. As Deacon Mark begins his ministry, pray for him and his family. In addition, I am grateful for the generosity of our community. During this sacred season, the Boy Scouts offered Fish Fry’s on Friday, the many who participated in our Lenten programs, those who served as liturgical ministers, those who took care to decorate the church... Finally, the community collected over $30,000 to assist refugees resettled through Catholic Charities of Southwest Ohio.
Have a blessed week! Fr. Len