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Working with the Word
Second Sunday of Easter B
Divine Mercy Sunday

April 15, 2012

Reading I: Acts 4:32-35
Responsorial Psalm: 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
Reading II: 1 John 5:1-6
Gospel: John 20:19-31

Focusing the Gospel

Key words and phrases: Jesus came, peace be with you, I send you, forgive, Thomas, I will not believe, Jesus came, believe

To the point: In face of Thomas's obstinate unbelief, Jesus is remarkably serene and understanding when he returns a week later and meets Thomas where he is.

Jesus incarnates the Peace with which he greets the disciples and manifests forgiveness in his encounter with Thomas. He sends disciples forth With firsthand experience of the ministry with which he entrusts them: grant- ing forgiveness and spreading peace.

Connecting the Gospel

to the second reading: he second reading spells out in more detail what believing in the risen Jesus enables us to do: love God and others, obey God's commandments, and conquer the world.

to our experience: Anyone living in family or community koows the exPeri- ence of forgiveness both given and received. They also know the peace such forgiveness engenders.

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Living Liturgy: Spirituality, Celebration, and Catechesis
for Sundays and Solemnities
Year B - 2012, p. 109.
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, CPPS;
Kathleen Harmon, SND de N;
and Christopher W. Conlon, SM

Living Liturgy 2011

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