Vol: 45, No.26 4TH SUNDAY OF EASTER ( B) April 08 2018  
Like newborn infants, you must long for the pure, spiritual milk, that in him you may grow to salvation, alleluia.
(1 Pet 2:2)
The liturgy of today besides celebrating the Second Sunday of Easter also celebrates the Divine Mercy Sunday. Ever since Pope John Paul II canonized Sr Maria Faustina on 30 April 2000, the devotion to Divine Mercy has spread all over the world. The First Reading of today shows how Christians formed a community of believers where they lacked nothing for they put everything in common. The gospel of today presents the dramatic encounter between Jesus and Thomas who had a problem in believing that Jesus had been raised. When Jesus invited him to touch and feel him, Thomas wanted none of those but made a confession of faith that remains to his credit ever since, “My Lord and my God.” What is our reaction when Jesus invites us to experience him? (Pause)
I Confess to almighty God...
Glory to God...

God of everlasting mercy, who in the very recurrence of the paschal feast kindle the faith of the people you have made your own, increase, we pray, the grace you have bestowed, that all may grasp and rightly understand in what font they have been washed, by whose Spirit they
have been reborn, by whose Blood they have been redeemed. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God...
(The Acts of the Apostles has three major summaries that depict the springtime of the Church in Jerusalem. This passage presents the second major summary. Strong faith and communal living characterize this period).
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (4:32-35)
The company of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things which he possessed was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the Apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and distribution was made to each as any had need.
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (118)
Response: Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end.
Let the sons of Israel say “His love has no end.” Let the sons of Aaron say: “His love has no end.” Let those who fear the Lord say: “His love has no end.” R./
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