11 Apr 2021

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Acts of the Apostles 4:32-35  New Christians bring everything they have into the bargain.

Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24  For this we are grateful: God’s mercy endures forever.

1 John 5:1-6  Jesus comes through water and blood to be the victor of the world.

John 20:19-31  Thomas the Doubter becomes Thomas the Confessor.

Homilist's overview of April.

More resources for the month available in Seasonal notes.

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The inner word

What’s in your heart?

In this world we sin and we die. It is only in faith that we share in the Lord’s victory over sin and death. Thomas seeks proof; it is only the direct experience of the Lord’s suffering that brings him to confess that Jesus is Lord.

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Exploring the word

Don’t hold back!

A man came up to me in a parish years ago after a talk I had given about scripture. He prefaced his remarks by telling me he didn’t believe in the Bible as more than fairy tales, and Jesus as more than a wisdom teacher. However . . . .

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Homily stories

Seeing is believing

Four years ago, I moved from one part of the country to another—not far geographically, but worlds apart culturally. Over the course of those years, as Americans became increasingly divided, I made two good friends on the opposite side of the divide.

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Homily stories

Peace past all understanding

Years back I attended the wake of the father of my cousin’s fiancée (it’s an Irish thing). As my father, sister, and I stood in line to wish our condolences to the man’s widow, whom we’d never met, we heard a commotion up near the casket.

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Homily stories

A win and a save

The Boston Red Sox had never played the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field. But years back, interleague play finally brought them there. I cashed in a lot of my “pastor’s chips” to get some seats for myself and a few friends who came from the East Coast to share some friendly rivalry with me.

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Penitential Act & Prayer of the Faithful

Let us pray for the love in which we follow and obey our God.

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The gate of heaven is very low; only the humble can enter it.

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