For your assistance in praying with the Church community this week, the liturgical Sunday readings read at all the masses are provided below, with some suggestions of activities that you and your family might do during the week to help sustain the messages of the Sunday gospel.
Please let us know if these suggestions are helpful for you or your family.
April 12, 2015, 2nd Sunday of Easter
"Peace be with you." (John 20:20)
Acts 4, 32-35
1 John 5, 1-6
Gospel John 20:19-31 Readings Here
REFLECTION: The peace of Christ lies in knowing and believing in Him. It is an inner peace that gives us the strength to survive any calamity and the courage to face any turmoil. It is the peace that gives us the impetus to pursue the other kinds of peace that always seem just beyond our grasp. At the darkest, the peace of Christ sustains us and impels us to keep going.
PRAYER: Father, when all we see are differences, show us your unity. When all we hear is shouting, let us hear your voice. When all we do is argue, bring your calming presence among us. Bind us together as family, as a parish, as a community, as your people. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Monday: As a family reflect on some factors that unite your family. Ask if there is anything you can do to bring about a greater unity in the family.
Tuesday: Pray the family rosary today for peace.
Wednesday: Listen on the news for stories of people’s faith and how through their faith they have found peace. Pray today for the peace of those both from our country and for all who are POW’s.
Thursday: Take time today to reflect on the idea of “inner peace” which comes from the Spirit of Christ. Set aside fifteen minutes of quiet.
Friday: Look for peace in your life today. Reconcile with someone in the family with whom you wish to have a more peaceful relationship.
Saturday: Be reminded of Jesus’ presence with the Apostles after the resurrection. At your table tonight, have a loaf of bread that you need to break and break it and share it reminded of Christ’s presence in your midst.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, be seated at the table with us. Grant to us the joy of your Resurrection. May we show ourselves to be your disciples and may our table be a sign of reconciliation.
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