No Baptism Mass for April
There is NO Baptism Mass today (April 24) at Sacred Heart as I have First Communion at St. Ann.
First Communions at Precept Masses next Week at Sacred Heart
First Communions take place this week at St. Ann, and next week at Sacred Heart. Many of the children at Sacred Heart will make First Communion at the special Sunday afternoon Mass. Please note however that there will be approximately fourteen children making First Communion at the 4:00 p.m. on Saturday as well as two or three at the 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon Sunday. The 4:00 p.m. on Saturday promises to be more crowded than usual. Last year, some who are bothered by crowds asked that I announce this the week before as some may chose the 5:15 p.m. at St. Ann.
In the past we celebrated the Feast of the Ascension exactly forty days after Easter, so it always fell on a Thursday. In recent years, in order to have more people free to celebrate the feast, the American Bishops have moved the Feast of the Ascension to the Seventh Sunday of Easter. Therefore the Holyday obligation has been transferred to the Sunday.
Reflection on Scripture
Revelation 21:1-5 is one of my favorite scripture passages to read at the bedside of one who is dying. But it contains images that may be confusing. The new heavens and new earth are a place where the “sea is no more.” A sailor may contend that this is clearly written for “land lovers.” Well actually it was written for the sake of the many former captives and slaves who could not swim and who felt that the sea was a place of danger and chaos, where sea monsters surely dwelt. In this resurrected Jerusalem, “there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain.” When we are with God, all aspirations and hopes are fulfilled. For the persecuted martyrs of the early Church, these must have been consoling words.
But for us as twenty-first century Americans, why do these words still bring comfort? I contend that these words evoke a reaction of the assurance that we are at our real home, with God for all eternity. We will experience God’s love for us directly. And this makes “all things new.”
Want the first prize of all prizes? That’s what you get if you are faithful in everything to Jesus.
Readings for Sixth Sunday of Easter
Acts 15:1-2, 22-29
Rev 21:10-14, 22-23
Theme: Don’t scandalize the innocent!
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