Dear Church Family,
Resurrected people in their attitude, “that’s you, my dear heart,” are this way. Alleluia is your word of awareness of everything that is good and a blessing, especially notice anyone that is manifesting Resurrection Spirit. “My dear heart,” last Wednesday a man came for energy assistance with no hands but he was able to grasp lots of things with his two arms. I just humbly said “Alleluia”. Somehow, we all have the courage to live with our handicaps and emotional depressing ways in our spirit. We lift ourselves up as we look around and see resurrection around us, even as we see a troubled world. We stand with the homeless and the refugees of Syria and other places.
Because we are resurrected people we are able to continue on. I’ve had a few home-goings this week of cousins and friends. I think back to our most recent loved ones who have crossed over, Ida Hanson and Ann Darby. I witness through many conversation with them that they are resurrected people. They kept going on no matter what handicaps came their way. They were able to say, “My Lord and my God.” Thomas proclaimed with his heart filled with awe and gratitude as he was aware that his resurrected Lord was filled with mercy.
Mercy, mercy, mercy, all is mercy today Church. Jesus comes with a message in the three scripture readings and responsorial psalms and just proclaims mercy. We say, “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love is everlasting. Let the house of Israel say, ‘His mercy endures forever.’ Let the house of Aaron say, ‘His mercy endures forever.’ Let those who fear the Lord say, ‘His mercy endures forever’.” Thomas goes on to say, “We were pressed and was falling, but the Lord helped me. You are my strength and my courage and you are our Savior.” So, we shout out with victory, “Alleluia!”
The first reading from Acts says, the resurrected brothers and sisters’ attitude was found in the early church. They were filled with awe and just wanted to share in common what they had. They wanted to meet together just as we like to meet together on Sundays, especially and pray with one another and enjoy one another. Hopefully that’s our status.
Then we hear St. Peter in his letter proclaiming great mercy. Our Lord has given us a new birth, a living hope, an inheritance and imperishable, undefiled and unfading crown of victory and salvation. So, for the next 50 days, “my dear heart,” you are resurrected people and Alleluia is your word. Enjoy that word and say it often in the next 50 days. Again, as you look around and observe little moments of resurrection from the beauty of nature that is budding and the blessings of people and their lives that proclaim resurrection, keep that spirit up. We are God’s Easter People. Enjoy today’s wonderful feelings of awesome mercy. God will always forgive us as we start anew. Amen. Alleluia!