HIS WORD… my words…
Fr. Julius C. Lupot
UST Graduate School
APRIL 23, 2017 – SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER (Cycle A):THE OCTAVE OF EASTER
And“Divine Mercy Sunday”
READINGS: Acts of the Apostles 2: 42-47 / Psalm 118: 2-4. 13-15. 22-24 / 1 Peter 1: 3-9 / JOHN 20: 19-31
HIS WORD…PEACE BE WITH YOU… PEACE BE WITH YOU. AS THE FATHER HAS SENT ME, SO I SEND YOU… RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT… PEACE BE WITH YOU… DO NOT BE UNBELIEVING, BUT BELIEVE… BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HAVE NOT SEEN AND HAVE BELIEVED…
my words…Three years ago on this day, the Octave of Easter, and the Divine Mercy Sunday, though the date was April 27, 2014, Pope Francis in the presence of the retired Pope Benedict XVI, had canonized Two Holy Popes: the thenBlessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul IIto become St. John XXIII (Feast Day: October 11) and St. John Paul II (Feast Day: October 22). These two men exemplify the “universal call to holiness” issued by the Second Vatican Council. Though diverse in personalities, one can discover several common traits in the lives of these “papal saints.” To wit, their mottos: John XXIII “Obedientia et Pax” (Obedience and Peace), and John Paul II “TotusTuus” (Totally Yours). Their beginnings: Angelo Roncalli was born in 1881, 3rd of 13 children, Italy; Karol Wojtyla was born in 1920, 3rd of 3 children, Poland. And both embraced the sufferings of Jesus Christ before they died. (Quoted from: Fr. James H. Kroeger, MM, in SambuhayMissalette, St. Pauls Media Pastoral Ministry, April 27, 2014, p.1). April 27, 2014 was then called “The Sunday of FOUR POPES”, the first ever in the History of the Catholic Church.
Recalling the 1995 World Youth Day held in the Philippines, it was in that celebration that the then Pope John Paul II came for the second time to the Philippines (the first one in 1981). During that celebration, Pope John Paul II addressed the Filipino youth and the youth of the whole world in the words used by Jesus in today’s holy gospel: “As the Father has sent me, so I send you…” (Jn 20:21). Of which he further said, “The Filipinos are the foremost missionaries in Asia.” These were the messages of the Holy Man of the Church in encouraging the Filipino people to become proclaimers of the Risen Christ, to become (in the words of Cardinal Tagle) an “Easter people”. This papal message has become one of the core messages of the Philippines’ celebration of the Great Jubilee 2021, to commemorate the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines.
Brothers and Sisters, this is the power of the Risen Christ! Through all ages, He continues to move us; He continues to move and work in the Church that He founded more than 2,000 years ago. He is truly alive… and continues to dwell among us in the presence of the Holy Spirit.
In every Holy Eucharist that we celebrate, we perpetuate the Thomas-faith-proclamation: “My Lord and My God!” at the very moment of consecration; a proclamation manifesting our firm belief that Jesus is truly risen and continues to dwell among us.
“JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU…”HAPPY DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY…
- JOHN XXIII and ST. JOHN PAUL II… continue to pray for us!!!