The Cathedral Connection 28 April 2019

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“Peace be with you…

As the father has sent me, so I send you”

“Today is the Octave of Easter – historically seen as completing the ‘’great day of resurrection’’.  We gather to hear the Word of God and to share the Eucharist.  We are celebrating and witnessing unity in the Risen Christ as a community.  We are given the Spirit to enable us to witness to the forgiveness of sin.

 We can all probably relate to feelings of being scared and confused, and wanting to hide away from reality, even for a while, just as we hear the apostles were doing in today’s Gospel.  But, when the Risen Christ came amongst them, He offered them peace and he breathed upon them and said “receive the Holy Spirit.  Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained”.  As He did to the apostles, Jesus offers us peace.  Our peace comes from believing, and it is in believing that we are blessed, for as Jesus said to Thomas, ‘’do not be unbelieving, but believe… Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed’’.

 Each week we are sent forth – sent to build the kingdom of God here and now.  Sent forth to engage our wills, our skills and our heart.  As we wait in hope, we are asked to love those around us by confronting the selfishness that creates suffering in the world.

Go forth in peace and belief, with a loving and forgiving heart.  Build community as you live and share the Good News of the Risen Lord on this, Divine Mercy Sunday.

 Debbie Matheson
Lay Pastoral Leader

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