Sorry about the lack of listing the Gospel readings. I’m playing catch-up. We’ll return to our regular format next week.
The sign is clear: the long awaited Christ is here. But He rides into a City of Peace that will know violence, not to palace but to scourge, not to throne but to cross. Behold the King that comes! He comes meek and lowly, in humility, to stand alone before God and man accused of blasphemy against God and transgression against man. They will vest Him as King, to mock Him, to strike Him, as they hail Him as King of the Jews. Behold the King that comes!
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Download (right-click, save as):4-8-2012 Vigil
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“Do not be unbelieving, but believing”, says the Lord. They are Words for you. You have the report of the Disciples, those who He made Apostles by His sending of them. You have the Holy Absolution He breathed onto them, the forgiveness of sins worked by the creative breath of God. With Thomas you see by faith the nail prints and the spear thrust, visible on the hands and side of the risen and living Lord. All these testify to you that you be not unbelieving, but believing, that you turn from your sinful ways and to Christ your crucified and risen Lord, that you be those your Lord calls “blessed”, those who have not seen and yet have believed that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you have life in His Name.
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Misericordia Domini Rev. Gary Schultz
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Our Lord prophecies His death and resurrection. They will not see Him while He is in the tomb. Nor will they see Him in the tomb when it is opened, for He is risen. Then they will truly see Him as they could not see Him before. The cause of their weeping and grief will elicit rejoicing from the world. Still, their sorrow will precede their joy, which will come in a little while. So too do we live in the little while that precedes our Lord’s return. The fallen world enjoys the present time, finding consolation in things seen. Sinners have no hope in the time to come. But soon, in a little while, this time will end. As the woman who labors, so also Christ. The tomb was for Him a womb of sorts – from which He brought forth everlasting life. So too you, for being born in the womb of the Church, the Baptismal Font, God forgets your former sins, declaring you a new creature, born from above, enduring the grief of this little while until the joy of your resurrection.
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