Easter has come and gone: we have rung the bells, sung the alleluias, eaten the chocolates – apparently, the Easter Bunny is still considered an essential worker - but have we really experienced the Resurrection? In this time of pandemic, where do we meet the Risen Lord? Have we heard him call us by name, like Mary Magdalene? Have we touched his wounds, felt his risen presence, like Thomas? Maybe we have – but for many of us, especially this year, it may well still all very theoretical, not quite real. Our sadness has not yet been converted into joy
On this second Sunday of Easter octave, today’s Gospel tells us of the encounter between the Risen Christ and the Apostle Thomas. I have always liked Thomas. I can relate to him. I have even joked that if ever I became Pope (a long shot, to be sure!), I would choose to be called Thomas. Havin
Do not be afraid! Jesus is risen, just as he promised!
Fr. Raymond Lafontaine, E.V.April 11, 2020
We hear these words spoken on Easter morning to the women who went to anoint the body of Jesus, but found his tomb empty. This empty tomb is the foundation of our Easter hope. Christ is risen, just as he has promised.
We have just concluded an abridged version of the Passion of Matthew – yet how packed it is! So many images of the trial, sufferings and death of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus dies feeling alone and abandoned – abandoned even by his own Father. “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani .. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.”
This past Friday at 1 PM, I turned on my television to watch Pope Francis deliver an extraordinary “Urbi et Orbi” message and blessing. From the Latin meaning “to the City of Rome, and to the World”, this blessing, usually given only at Christmas and Easter, was being imparted to a world reeling at the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a very moving and powerful scene: our 83-year old spiritual father, walking in the rain, all alone, limping slightly, across a completely empty St. Peter’s Square, in order to pray for the church and the world in these troubled times, and to call upon God for his blessing, protection and healing.