Hello again and greetings to all from your parish priest. I hope you are surviving mentally and physically, and special greetings to our young people having the best Easter holiday weather ever and you can’t go out to make the most of it.
We seem to be doing the right thing.
The government is doing its best and Covid19 is not engulfing us so far. The Holy Father and everyone else seem to be saying the same thing – that Easter time is above all a time of hope, and we do hope. There will be an end to the crisis.
This Sunday, the second of Easter, has usually been called Low Sunday, in contrast to the high day, the holy day, that was Easter. The psalm at Mass says:
Give thanks to the Lord for he is good
For his great love is without end.
The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the corner stone.
This is the work of the Lord,
A marvel in our eyes.
This day was made by the Lord.
We rejoice and are glad.
The gospel story is the one about Jesus appearing to some of the apostles when Thomas was not with them and he wouldn’t believe. But when Jesus appeared again, Thomas this time made perhaps the greatest act of faith of anybody.
He said ‘My Lord…and MY GOD’
Today is a day when the followers of St Faustina honour Our Lord as The Divine Mercy, and we can all think a little about our God, who is above all a merciful God, and we all have reason to be glad of this. With the Good Thief we can all pray regularly those blessed words of his: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom”.
The following are the intentions for which I have been asked to offer Mass:
The website for the cathedral is www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org
I am still available by e-mail and on the telephone and am always glad to hear from you. Details as ever are on the top of this newsletter.
Fr Tony Elder