Saturday, April 6, 2013

Second Sunday of Easter or Sunday of Divine Mercy, April 7, 2013


Reflection:  In the reading from the Acts of the Apostles we see a magnificent site described to us.  “A large number of people from the towns in the vicinity of Jerusalem also gathered, bringing the sick and those disturbed by unclean spirits.”  We see the people gathering and laying the sick in the street just so that the shadow of Peter may fall on them.  We have something much greater than the shadow of Peter within our walls of the Catholic Church.  We can bring people to the truth and to the healing that comes from following Christ and His Church.  We can bring them to receive the body and blood of Christ and all the healing that comes with that.  Are we light the people gathered in the street, bringing the sick and those in need of healing?  Are we striving to bring God’s people bath to Him so He might show them the way and they might be filled with His mercy and grace?

Big Picture:  Bring those in need to God

Discussion Starters:

Younger saints:  Why were the people in the reading bringing the sick out into the streets?  Sometimes people we know need spiritual healing.  How can we bring those in need to healing to God?

Older saints:  Reflect on the friends and family in your own life.  Are there any people who need God’s saving and healing grace and love in their lives?  How can you “carry them” and guide them to the Catholic Church where they can find that healing?

Scripture Verse for the Week:  “Thus they even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on cots and mats so that when Peter came by, at least his shadow might fall on one or another of them.”  Acts of the Apostles 5:15

You are now entering the mission field:  This week, when someone comes to you with a question or a problem, listen patiently.  (Spiritual Work of Mercy, to counsel the doubtful).



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