Dear Friends, I share with you this reflection:
Throughout the liturgical year we focus on the words, actions, and miracles of Jesus as he moved from town to town. Today we focus especially on the first word of the Risen One as he greeted the disciples on the evening of that first Easter: "Peace." The first word from the mouth of God's Son—who had been unfairly tried, who had been beaten and spit upon, whose hands and feet were nailed to a tree, who suffered enormous pain in that torturous death—was the word "Peace." Not "Revenge!" Not "Retribution!" Not "Kill!" "Peace."
After our Lenten journey we arrived to Easter Season. The Risen Lord and his presence impregnate our world. A few weeks ago, there a march for peace and justice somewhere in Latin America. Some people were skeptic to this. They thought that nothing would change with a march. On the contrary, there were many enthusiastic people that supported this initiative. This situation is similar to our Christian faith. We are very enthusiastic for the resurrection of Jesus. But, out of our circle there are many skeptic people that need to refresh with the joy of Easter.
Hosted by the Diocese of Oakland and the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, the "Divine Mercy — Fullness of the Faith" regional North American Congress on Mercy (NACOM) will be celebrated in the cathedral from Friday, April 24-Sunday, April 26.
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