Education & Evangelization
Today's Gospel deals with an EMPTY TOMB. Again, an empty tomb is greets Peter and Mary Magdalene and John. What does it mean? It is certainly news, but is it good news? From our perspective twenty centuries later, we know that it is indeed very good news. Yet even now, as we listen to the Easter story unfold, do we really fully understand the scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead? As we listen attentively to God's word, let us pray for the grace to learn what it means for us today.
"Christ is risen" means that guilt, loneliness, hunger, war and devastation no longer have the last word. Death and all its symptoms in all our individual and communal lives are not the final reality anymore. This has been stated many times in many ways, but one of our greatest challenges is to affirm it in our concrete life situation. Depression, resentment, revenge and hatred are all forms of surrender to the power of death and signs of our inability to see that, in and through Christ, death has lost its final power. That is precisely what the Christ event is all about. Our Lord who died on the cross has overcome death, has conquered the evil one and has triumphed over the powers of this world. There is no power of death, not even a nuclear holocaust that has not conquered in the RESURRECTION OF CHRIST.
After the Third Scrutiny of the Catechumens, their catechist teachers gave them reflection on the Stations of the Cross at the Church, then visited the Adoration Chapel and had twenty minutes adoration to the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. The next activity they made was their retreat in St. Raphael Parish in Glendale, Arizona. This spiritual retreat prepared them for the final preparation for the Easter Vigil on Black Saturday. They could participate now in the Holy Week activities until that day of their full reception in the Church. This event will administer the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion on them. They would be the new members of Parish Community. May God bless them and make them persevere in their new ways of Christian Living. Our CDA has now reached its level of 17% participation and 46.9% of our goal. I still encourage you brothers and sisters to keep giving your gifts until we come to our highest level of participation.
Next Sunday we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. Be certain that you have received already the Sacrament of Confession so that you will be capable of obtaining a Plenary Indulgence in this celebration. This privilege you can offer for the sanctification of the members of your family and for the success of the event of the canonization of the two Popes to be called Saints of our Present Time. Please pray through the intercessions of these two Saints namely St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II, any intentions for the need of your healing of any bodily illnesses and spiritual problems will be granted. Till the next bulletin. God bless you.
Fr. Regidor D. Carreon
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