Christ is risen! Alleluia!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
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whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life:
grant that we may walk in his way,
rejoice in his truth,
and share his risen life;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
GOSPEL for the Day: John 16: 20-23
20 Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy. 21 When a woman is in labour, she has pain, because her hour has come. But when her child is born, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy of having brought a human being into the world. 22 So you have pain now; but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. 23 On that day you will ask nothing of me. Very truly, I tell you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.
REFLECTION on the Gospel: contributed by Peter Brady
In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus gives the disciples another hint about what is to happen.
They will grieve over His death but they will be filled with joy at His resurrection and what this means for them. And over time we have come to realise that it is Christ’s death, sorrowful though it was for the disciples, that is the foundation of our joy. This is a powerful and comforting message, particularly at this time. It reminds us that God’s plan is not the same as ours and that even in the face of the darkest times we are sustained by His love and promise of eternal joy. For as long as we have Christ we cannot be desolate. The key is for us to always walk with Him.
Father, we praise you for giving us peace in times of trouble and granting us the assurance of Your help. Gladden the souls of Your people for Your kingdom is at hand. Let us be Easter people and may Your will be done on earth as in heaven
Daily Bible Bite (answer Monday): What is a word that best describes the meaning of “testament” in the phrase the New Testament?
From yesterday: In the New Testament, what were written first, the epistles of St Paul or the Gospels?
Answer: The epistles of St Paul