Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Greetings to you all!
Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) Year B
Dear friends, the Second Sunday of Easter is also known as “Divine Mercy Sunday.” On 30th April 2000, when St. John Paul II canonised his countrywoman, Faustina, he said, “It is important that we accept the whole message that comes to us from the word of God on this Second Sunday of Easter, which from now on throughout the Church, will be called ‘Divine Mercy Sunday’.” In brief, this Sunday invites us to contemplate the mercy of God.
One can tangibly experience the mercy and forgiveness of God through the sacrament of reconciliation. This happens when we have the courage to accept it and make a strong determination not to do it again. Then we can see how the grace and peace, guidance and support of Christ has come into our lives.
The four verses from the First reading today bring home the genuine concern, love, support and the care of the early Christian Community towards the other members in the community. They held everything in common and there was no one in want. It only shows us how they were deeply rooted in the message of Jesus Christ: as God cares for everyone, we have the duty to care for one another in the community. I always believe that it is not by having more that I become happy; rather by being more, I truly live a life of happiness, and this happiness cannot be taken away from me.
This particular practice of the early Christian community sends us a strong message that every baptised member of our community should be willing to share what we have with those who have nothing. Every gift or wealth I enjoy reminds me that we are not the real owners of what we possess: we are only the administrators of the property God has given us.
As we are in the Easter joy, let us continue to witness to the faith we profess and celebrate in our lives. Always try to reach out to the others who are in need. Amen.
Readings and Hymns
Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the Second Sunday of Easter Year B.
Parish Morning Tea on 18th April
Our Parish Morning Tea for April will be held on 18th April after the 8am Mass. Please come and enjoy a conversation over a cuppa with the Parishioners and the friends of the Basilica. All are welcome.
Please click here for the Mass Intentions of the week from 11th April to 17th April 2021.
To Book your Mass Intentions please contact the Parish office on 9335 2268 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm)
Have a wonderful weekend.
Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest