Fifth Week of Easter: Apr. 3 - 9, 2005
Alexander, Andy, S.J.
Collaborative Ministry Office
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The Second Week of EasterThis Second Week of Easter continues our celebration of Easter with the rest of the powerful story of Jesus' appearance to the group gathered in the Upper Room, and this time Thomas was with them. He gives them his own peace and sends them to forgive sin. John Paul II has named this Sunday, "Divine Mercy Sunday."Monday we celebrate the transferred Solemnity of the Annunciation, which was moved from March 25th to today. It is a wonderful reminder of the gift of the Incarnation and the powerful openness of Mary.For the rest of this week we continue to have the Acts of the Apostles as our guide for the first reading. Here we see the disciples on fire with the gift of the Holy Spirit. We see that their acts now mirror the acts and power of Jesus.The gospels this week take us back into the life of Jesus, through the powerful faith of the Fourth Gospel. For the first four days, we read about Jesus' encounter with Nicodemus, John, chapter 3. [Because we won't celebrate Monday of the Second Week of Easter, due to the Annunciation celebration, it would be good to go back to the beginning of chapter 3 and start there.]Beginning on Friday of this week we begin to reflect on the 6th chapter of the Fourth Gospel on Jesus' gift of himself to us as the Bread that gives Life. After the miracle of the loaves, Jesus encounters his disciples on the stormy sea and encourages them: "It is I. Do not be afraid!"Notice two powerful Psalms this week:Psalm 34: "The Lord hears the cry of the poor."Psalm 27: "One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord."And, all this week prepares us for the Third Sunday of Easter on which we will reflect on the Resurrection story about the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. We are prepared to encounter the same pattern: they don't recognize Jesus, but he opens their eyes in the "breaking of bread."