APRIL 28, 2019
2nd Sunday of Easter
Sunday of Divine Mercy
“Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
The Easter Season and Praying for an Outpouring of the Holy Spirit
Since the resurrection of Jesus is the greatest event in human history, it deserves to be celebrated with great solemnity. This is why the Easter Masses, especially the Easter Vigil, are so beautiful and significant as we remember and celebrate this (literally) life-changing event of Jesus’ resurrection.
But that’s not all. The Church teaches us that it is not enough to celebrate just one weekend, rather, we should celebrate for 50 days. Thus, the Easter season goes from Easter Sunday through Pentecost Sunday (which this year is June 9th). I encourage you to celebrate our Easter joy for the full 50 days as we give glory to Jesus Christ our Lord and our God who has redeemed us and given us the hope of resurrection.
As I noted, the Easter season concludes on Pentecost Sunday. This is another very important day for the Church as we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and the Church.
One excellent way we can celebrate this Easter season and prepare to celebrate Pentecost, is to ask for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon ourselves and our parish. I would invite all of you to please join me in praying the following prayer every day during this Easter season as we approach the feast of Pentecost. May God graciously send his Holy Spirit upon us to make us strong in our faith, and to become his witnesses in the world.
Come, Holy Spirit,
fill the hearts of your faithful
and enkindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created,
and you shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit,
did instruct the hearts of the faithful,
grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise
and ever to rejoice in His consolation.
Through Christ our Lord.
You are in my daily prayers.
God bless you,
Fr. Nick VanDenBroeke