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Second Sunday of Easter - Year A

Sunday, 23 April, 2017
John 20:19-31

The Word of God this Sunday, known as Divine Mercy Sunday, the second Sunday of Easter, calls us to allow God to transform our lives with the deep joy of Jesus’ victory over death and over the tomb-existence of our sins.

The first reading from the Acts of the Apostles describes for us the wonderful enthusiasm and faith of the first Christians, presented as a model for our own community of believers here today at Sunday Mass.

In the second reading from the First letter of Saint Peter we are exhorted to keep our minds and hearts on the glorious good news of what awaits those who follow the way of Jesus.  Its rich promise gives us strength to endure any earthly trials as we make our way to meet the risen Jesus face to face.

In the Gospel Jesus praises you and me and every disciple who continues to believe in him as Lord and Saviour without having yet met him face to face.  To love Jesus by faith is a much higher, nobler, and purer tribute than to opt for him based on cold knowledge, proof, and evidence.

Passing doubts when our faith grows weak should never frighten us.  Love that is filtered and purified through life's trials become an absolutely perfect worship of humility, trust, and fidelity.

- Fr Conor Cunningham PP
Lisdoonvarna, Kilshanny and Doolin