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Catholic Reflections 602 : Homily Easter Sunday of the Resurrection, 2017. Year A - Sunday, April 16, 2017

Homily Easter Sunday of the Resurrection, 2017. Year A - Sunday, April 16, 2017

This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad.

Please listen to my audio “blog” of the readings, prayers and reflections for the Easter Sunday of the Resurrection, 2017. Year A - Sunday, April 16, 2017 by clicking this link here:  
Christ is risen; as he said!!  
His resurrection is the first-fruits of the eternal life promised to all who entrust themselves to him.

A special welcome and thank you to our candidates and catechumens who tonight are fully received into the Christian faith, in the Catholic church. Thank you for your preparation… the Lord has been guiding you and with you, your whole life…. Now he leads you to fuller communion with him in the church and in the faith…. Your reception and your baptism and confirmation and receiving of First holy communion is a wonderful source of renewal and strength for all of us too.. as we this season renew our faith and commitment to Christ and his grace.. Thank you to all who have supported them in this wonderful journey of faith…..

Easter, more than any other feast tells us that God has definitively the last word in all things…. And that word is a profoundly positive and definitive “YES” - first and foremost, a YES to his beloved son…Jesus Christ. Who is God the son; and all that he did and taught in his ministry… and a profound and absolute YES to life…., and to us, as his eternally cherished sons and daughters… Yes to forgiveness of sin for all who are bowed down by the past…. Yes to faithfulness no matter what trials and tragedies befall us in life…….>

Easter… and the message of the Resurrection is about life, hope, love, forgiveness…

The irony of the cross and the message of today’s wonderful feast…. Means that it is rather fitting on this Easter celebration to hark back to the beginning of our journey towards this moment…... For I believe that Easter could be summed up by the rather intriguing saying … “The only things that we truly possess, (things that have abiding and eternal value)… are the things we gain by giving them away… the only things worth possessing are the things that only make sense when given…. Which achieve very little if merely stored up….… things like love, (given freely without expectation), kindness and forgiveness, (without expectation of return)…. acts of charity, (not for recognition or approval); random acts of kindness, (that no one will ever know who is responsible for them)/…/ I read a quote once saying… that “there is an odd economic principle associated with love -- the more love you give away, the more love you have. It defies all other economic principles.”  Our Lord Jesus, in his life, his suffering and death, and his resurrection… is the perfect example of all these wonderful qualities… and even more wonderfully, he invites us all to share in this way of living….

This Easter, is a special time for giving thanks for and remembering and hopefully getting opportunities to share time with family and friends…

And Easter is also about reminding us that our God is the God of New starts… and new beginnings….. 

We also remember prayerfully, all those who have gone before us.. the Resurrection gives us peace in the belief that the lord of the resurrection is faithful to his children.. and raises them up to new and eternal life in heaven… where one day we will all be reunited in joy…

At Easter, we think of people who are struggling.., and those who feel hopeless. ….and also those who feel they will never be good enough, or worthy enough… and those who fear they can never be forgiven… For today’s feast says… YES>>>> God is with us, God will never abandon us… God truly does want to renew us and give us new hope .. new life… and indescrible mercy….

Jesus is an unequivocal “yes” to self-sacrifice and service, and love, compassion, mercy and generosity of spirit… of thinking more of others and less of ourselves… - May God bless us and renew us in his astounding love… and ever-abiding faithfulness… and eternal care… and may our lives be more and more marked by these wonderful qualities with every new day….. 
Fr Paul W. Kelly

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Easter Sunday of the Resurrection, 2017. Year A

Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.
Lord Jesus, you are the image of the unseen God: Lord, have mercy.//You are the firstborn of all creation: Christ, have mercy//You are the head of the body, the Church: Lord, have mercy//
Memorial Acclamation

We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again.

Preparation of the Gifts
Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you: fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life.
       Blessed be God for ever.

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the wine we offer you: fruit of the vine and work of human hands, it will become our spiritual drink.
       Blessed be God for ever.
Pray, brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God,
the almighty Father.
 May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church.

Easter I  

Euch Prayer III

Go in peace, Alleluia, Alleluia

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