When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.
John 20:19-23
JESUS IS RISEN, ALLELUIA! HE IS RISEN INDEED, ALLELUIA! Jesus so desires to confirm you in your faith in Him! He wants you to welcome Him into your homes and hearts. He wants to show you the wounds of His passion. He desires to establish a lasting peace in your hearts and homes! He desires to cast out all fear, doubts, hesitation and darkness from your lives! In some of the first words that our Risen Savior spoke to us on Easter Sunday, we discover that which is on His heart: As the Father has sent me, so I send you! Jesus has chosen to share His mediation and His mission with us. The loving gaze of Jesus cannot be contained within the four walls of our Church. He gazes outward into our neighborhoods. He is intimately aware of all those who are hurting, suffering, wounded, lost, confused, and straying. Jesus desires to send us forth into our neighborhoods and communities with His power, His mission, and His mercy.
As we move forward together here at St. Louise, we will be striving to be ever more in tune with that which is on the heart of our Risen Savior. We will look for ways as a parish family that we can respond and prepare for this desire of our Lord to send us forth into our communities’ and neighborhoods. Also, with the feast of Pentecost this year, we will receive with joy guidance and direction from our Archbishop as he shares his vision for our Catholic parishes in light of the Synod on Evangelization. Our Archbishop desires to help us become a joyful band of missionary disciples so that we can lead all of South East Michigan back into the loving embrace of our Father.
Have a blessed week and remember to pray for one another.