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Vol: 46, No.29 2ND SUNDAY OF EASTER ( C) April 28 2019  
Divine Mercy Sunday
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 gospel of today presents the dramatic encounter between Jesus and Thomas who had a problem in believing that Jesus had been raised. Jesus took this issue seriously and when he appeared again he dealt with Thomas in such a loving manner that Thomas made a confession of his total trust in him. 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/and to you,/my brothers and sisters,/that I have greatly sinned,/in my thoughts and in my words,/in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,/through my fault,/through my fault,/through my most grievous fault;/therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,/all the Angels and Saints,/and you,/my brothers and sisters,/to pray for me to the Lord our God.
Glory to God in the highest...
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 early Christian communities led by the apostles are really charismatic in which miraculous signs abound. People believe that even if the shadow of Peter falls on the sick, they will be cured).
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (5:12-16)
Many signs and wonders were done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And the faithful were all together in Solomon’s Portico. None of the rest dared to join them, but the people held them in high honour. And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and pallets, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed.
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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