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3rd April 2016 - 2nd Sunday of Easter C

posted 1 Apr 2016, 12:37 by St Wilfrid RC Haltwhistle


H.B. & Hw.

"They have ears but do not hear" says the Psalmist. (115.6)

"They have ears but they hear not." (135.17) So let us now

listen carefully. Let us be enlightened by the voice that says, "I

was dead and now I am to live forever and ever." The voice says

to us, "Do not be afraid; it is I, the First and Last; I am the Living

One. I was dead and now I am to live forever and ever." All this

we hear. We hear it from the mouth of our ministering reader.

All this we see on the printed Mass sheet. All this we experience

by living the life of faith. By doing faith. Faith, after all, is a

doing thing.

By doing faith the signs and wonders follow. Our very shadow is

the shadow of the risen Lord. We really do need to break

through the Easter vocabulary to see that it works. We are not

into some kind of historico-literary exercise in celebrating the

Paschal word. We are into commentary, relaying the actual

events of the living, risen Easter experience of anyone who

believes. We do not need to see. We only need to believe. "This

day was made by the Lord; we rejoice and are glad."

So please, no closed doors. No closed anything! Especially ears

and hearts and minds. The risen Lord is in our midst. He gives

us his peace, his Shalom, his wellbeing. His signature is

unmistakeable, wounded hands and wounded feet. Our Easter

joy is well founded. And we are listening and we are hearing



'As the Father sent me,

so am I sending you' He is saying


'Receive the Holy Spirit

whose sins you forgive,

they are forgiven;' He says.

Our mission is forgiveness. Our task is reconciliation. And with

our divine commissioning, because that is what it is, we can

break through all our hesitations and reservations and

acknowledge the Master.

"My Lord and my God."

In conscious, Spirit-filled loving union with God we let go and

let God empower us and send us to forgive and to reconcile To

expose his wellbeing in every nook and cranny of our world. To

reveal what eye has not seen nor ear beard until this moment of

our Easter faith vision and Paschal audition.