This weeks readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which uses the New American Bible.
Readings: (Acts 5:12-16; Psalm 118;Revelation 1:9-11, 12-13, 17-19;John 20:19-31)
The Word On Fire – Fr. Robert Barron’s internet site offers many interesting insights into all things Catholic. Fr. Barron has a full library of homilies that he has prepared and we will be featuring a link here to his 15 minute reflections on this week’s readings.
This Sunday: “Despite the locked doors, the risen Jesus stands in the midst of the disciples. This is a beautiful icon of the Church, the community gathered around Jesus and filled with his spirit. When the Lord, first appears, Thomas is not there and hence does not believe. Only when he returns to the apostolic circle does he encounter Jesus and make his great confession. This detail reminds us that we see the risen Lord only in the church and through its mediation…..”
Fr. Greg Friedman
Sunday Soundbites is a weekly, 90-second radio homily based on the Sunday readings, written and read by Fr. Greg Friedman, O.F.M. Sunday Soundbites is also heard on Catholic radio stations around the country.
Easter, also called Pascha, is a feast day that celebrates Christ’s resurrection from the dead. It is celebrated on Easter Sunday, the Sunday following Holy Week. Easter is also a 50-day season, often called Eastertide. In 2013, in the Western Calendar, Easter falls on March 31st (dates in other years). Prayers: Easter Prayers
Note: It seems that our friends of at the Catholic Register have place Fr. Scott Lewis behind a ‘paywall‘. If you subscribe to The Register you can still read his weekly reflection but for now we will need to look for an alternative.