On the Road Together for April 7&8
On the Road Together
the 2nd Sunday of Easter
by Tracy Rodenborn, Director of RCIA
Live in the
He is Risen! He is truly Risen, Alleluia! Wow, our parish community really celebrated Holy Week, the Triduum and all the Easter Masses in such a profound way. What a beautiful time in the life of the church and the life of our parish! In the Liturgical Year, the Easter Season is 50 days long. The Easter Octave, from Saturday evening of the Vigil to the next Sunday evening one week away, eight days, helps us prolong our celebration and solemnity with heightened festivity which we will see continued at the Masses this weekend.
One way Christians have described Christ’s Resurrection is saying that it ushered into the world the
day of the week. Since there are only seven days of the week, by saying that we now have an eighth day is a way of pointing out the groundbreaking power of Christ’s Resurrection: something totally new has been ushered into the world. This “something” breaks away the barriers that were keeping us from sharing in the divine life. We have a whole new way of seeing the world, of seeing our relationship with God, of seeing our relationship with one another.
As Christians, we always live in the eighth day. You might notice the baptismal font at Emmaus and in other churches. The inside is a smooth circle like a womb, but the way the marble is shaped around it is an octagon – with eight sides! Christ’s life, death and Resurrection blows open the normal way of seeing the world, of living our everyday lives, of planning our week. We are all baptized into the hope and joy of that something totally new, the thing shattering the world as we know it into something filled with the hope and joy of the Resurrection! The sprinkling rite at the beginning of the Masses during the Easter season is a reminder of our baptism, and hence, a reminder that we are living in the
day for all time!
In all three lectionary cycles, our Gospel reading this weekend is always the Gospel passage for the Second Sunday of Easter. After all the failures of the disciples, they are locked in the upper room, afraid and ashamed. Jesus appears to them, but Thomas is not there. The first thing Jesus says is “Peace be with you.” They are filled with joy, yet Jesus says again, “Peace be with you.” He is reestablishing their relationship of peace even after all that has happened. In these two sentences, we see again the mind-blowing power of Reconciliation!
Now, I know we have all been left out at some point in our lives… but this for Thomas is REALLY being left out. I can imagine him coming back with the food or supplies he may have so courageously went out to get to hear that Jesus was there and he missed it! Now that would not be easy to take. Thomas needs to have his own experience of the Lord here. What strikes me is that Jesus wants to give Thomas what he needs. When Jesus appears a week later with Thomas there, He even goes overboard in not having Thomas just “see” with his own eyes, but also by having him place his hands in the very wounds of Christ.
God is generous with religious experiences. It is God’s work in the world all along that reaches its climax in Christ Jesus. It is all of one piece…God created. God so loved the world that he sent his only Son. God raised Jesus from the dead. God makes Resurrection happen for us. God is not stingy with religious experiences and wants to give us what we need.
For many of us, there are people in our lives that we hope and pray have a profound religious experience that will help them share in this joy that we celebrate today and always. There are people that we want more than anything to live in the eighth day with us. Today, we pray through the intercession of St. Thomas, and in a special way on this Divine Mercy Sunday for everyone. May we proclaim together, “We have seen the Lord!”
Now a week later his disciples were again inside
and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you."
Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side,
and do not be unbelieving, but believe."
Thomas answered and said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
Jesus said to him, "Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."
Readings for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, April 7&8:
Sent by Beverly Aviles on Saturday, April 7 at 9:40AM