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First Sunday After Easter - Sunday in White
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Epistle for the First Sunday After Easter - Sunday in White

1 John 5:4-10.

The Epistle appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from Saint John's First Epistle, Chapter 5, Verses 4-10.


For whatsoever is born of God, overcometh the world: and this is the victory which overcometh the world, our faith.  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

This is he that came by water and blood, Jesus Christ: not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit which testifieth, that Christ is the Truth.  And there are three who give testimony in Heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost.  And these Three are One.

And there are three that give testimony on earth: the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three are one.

If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater. For this is the testimony of God, which is greater, because He hath testified of His Son.  He that believeth in the Son of God, hath the testimony of God in himself.

Gospel for
First Sunday After Easter - Sunday in White

John 20:19-31.

Please stand for the Holy Gospel.

The Gospel appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from the Holy Gospel of Saint John, Chapter 20, Verses 19-31.

At that time:

When it was late that same day, the first of the week, and the doors were shut, where the disciples were gathered together, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them:

Peace be to you!
And when He had said this, He shewed them His hands and His side.  The disciples therefore were glad, when they saw the Lord.  He said therefore to them again:
Peace be to you!  As the Father hath sent Me, I also send you.
When He had said this, He breathed on them; and He said to them:
Receive ye the Holy Ghost.  Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.
Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, who is called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him:
We have seen the Lord.  But he said to them:  Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.
And after eight days again His disciples were within, and Thomas with them.  Jesus cometh, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said:
Peace be to you!
Then He saith to Thomas:
Put in thy finger hither, and see My hands; and bring hither thy hand, and put it into My side; and be not faithless, but believing.
Thomas answered, and said to Him:
My Lord, and my God!
Jesus saith to him:
Because thou hast seen Me, Thomas, thou hast believed:  Blessed are they that have not seen, and have believed.
Many other signs also did Jesus in the sight of His disciples, which are not written in this book.  But these are written, that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God:  and that believing, you may have life in His name.

Thus far are the words of today's Holy Gospel.Please be seated.

“Peace be to you!” (John 20:19).
  In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Today’s Gospel speaks of two apparitions in which Christ greeted His Apostles with the words:

“Peace be to you!” (John 20:19; 20:26).
The Apostles were filled with fear and anguish.  Why?  Because they were afraid that they, like Christ, would be arrested by the Jews, thrown into prison, and probably executed.

This explains why, in today’s Gospel, you find Christ repeating:

“Peace be to you!” (John 20:19; 20:21; 20:26)
three times, because:
1) peace is the most precious of all earthly goods; and,

2) because without peace nothing can make a person content or happy.

Therefore, a person who has peace is happy no matter in what condition or circumstances that person is.

But a person who has covetous eyeballs has no peace and is very unhappy, even if that person possess all the money in the world and everything else which such unlimited money can buy!

Remember where Christ warns all of us against being worldly and materialistic asking:

“what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul?” (Matthew 16:26).
Having the covetous eyeballs of a billionaire will not get one to Heaven as Christ clearly teaches where He says:
“It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 19:24).
Although “the eye of a needle” refers to a very low gate in the wall of a city through which camels can hardly pass, a 1942 Catholic Commentary claims it is:
“impossible for a rich man to be saved, but by the Grace of God” because “it IS possible for him to give away his wealth to the poor... which practically means ceasing to live as a rich man.” (“A Commentary on the New Testament”, by The Catholic Biblical Association, Imprimatur, Edwin V. O’Hara, Kansas City, Mo., 1942, p. 134).
So, while wealth is an obnoxious and odious spiritual burden, peace is a precious treasure which can be proven from two facts.

1.  Peace is a precious treasure which can be proven from the fact that Christ Himself loved peace.

For example, consider how God the Son became incarnate of the Virgin Mary.  When?  At a time of rare peace upon the whole world.

The Saviour’s birth coincided with a very significant pagan event - the temple of Janus at Rome was closed.

Historically, from the time of the founding of Rome by the legendary Romulus, to the time of Caesar Augustus, an interval of more than seven hundred years, the pagan temple of Janus at Rome was closed only twice:
First: during the reign of Numa Pompilius;
Second: during the peace interval between the first and the second Punic wars.
At the birth of Christ, only for the third time in their history, were the Romans at peace with all nations because the devastating wars were at an end and peace reigned everywhere supreme. The tranquillity and universal peace which the world then enjoyed was a fitting example of that spiritual peace which God the Son came to give to sinful mankind.  He came as the Prince of Peace at His birth, something which had been foretold by the Prophets, to prove His love of peace.

At His birth in the village of Bethlehem, a multitude of Holy Angels appeared, praising God and saying:

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of good will.” (Luke 2:14).
God the Holy Ghost testifies through the pen of Saint Paul that Christ made:
“peace through the Blood of His cross.” (Colossians 1:20).
This proves how peace is so very dear to Him because, in order to restore peace between God and mankind, Christ shed every drop of His Precious Blood on the cross.

Christ’s life on earth evidences His love of peace.

Sending His Disciples to preach the Gospel, He tells them:

“Into whatsoever house you enter, first say: Peace be to this house!” (Luke 10:5).
After healing the sick and pardoning sinners, His says:
“Go in peace”!
Remember how Christ rebuked two of His Apostles who wanted to call down fire from Heaven on a city of the Samaritans because they did not receive them?
“And turning, He rebuked them, saying:  You know not of what spirit you are.  The Son of man came not to destroy souls, but to save [them].” (Luke 9:55-56).
In imitation of Christ, His Apostles preached peace as messengers of  peace. The New Testament contains twenty one Epistles.  In each one you find many wishes for peace and admonitions to keep peace.  They begin and end with salutations of peace.  They also refer to peace in the corpus, or body, of their Epistles, as in this example of Saint Paul:
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see God.” (Hebrews 12:14).
Instructed by the authentic Apostolic Tradition, the Catholic Church grants peace to the Faithful, especially in the Administration of the Holy Sacraments.

For example, the Ritual has the Prelate or Priest who has Baptized a child say:

“Go in peace”!
The Confirmed are dismissed with:
“Peace be to you”!
Whenever a Prelate or a Priest enters a place to administer the Last Rites, he says:
“Peace be to this place and to all who dwell herein”!
At funerals, the Prelate or Priest prays for peace for the deceased, praying:
“May they rest in peace”!
2.  Peace is a precious treasure which can be proven from the fact that peace makes a person happy and joyful.

Consider that what salt is to food, peace is to life. The best dishes do not taste very well when salt is lacking.  People on a low sodium diet usually think of their food as being bland.  So all that we may possess, whether it is good health, great riches, honor and reputation, cannot constitute the happiness of life.

Also consider how the spirit of division robs wealthy married couples of real happiness as exampled by various public people, whether movie stars, or sports team owners, or music icons, some of whom are either in the process of getting a civil divorce or who have recently been divorced.

Such discord and disharmony ends in feelings of great anger and bitterness, especially when one spouse seems to marry only for money and make divorce lawyers wealthy.

In this way the words of Christ are verified:

“Every kingdom divided against itself, shall be brought to desolation, and house upon house shall fall.” (Luke 11:17).


The Speaker and the Hearers
The Writer and the Readers

It can neither profit me, the speaker, to speak, nor you, the hearers, to hear, unless we comply with the things which are spoken, let us not limit the display of our zeal to hearing only, but let us observe what is said in our deeds. For it is indeed a good thing to spend time continually in hearing the Divine oracles: but this good thing becomes useless when the benefit to be derived from hearing is not linked with it.”   (Patriarch Saint John Chrysostom [b. Antioch, c. 347 A.D. - d. at Commana in Pontus on Friday, September 14, 407 A.D.], Patriarch of Constantinople [Thursday, February 26, 398 A.D. - Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D.], exiled from his See the 2nd time on Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D., Father and Doctor of the Catholic Church. Sermon on Romans 12:20; emphasis added.)

Let us now review our resolutions:

For our resolutions, let all of us, by the Grace of God, firmly resolve to pray for real and true peace in our homes, in our parishes, in our community, in our country, and in our world, begging the Prince of Peace to fill all of us to overflowing with that same peace He gave to His Apostles, saying:

“Peace be to you!” (John 20:19).


“Peace be to you!” (John 20:19).

  In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.


The Blessing
V. Sit + Nomen Domini benedictum.
R. Ex hoc nunc, et usque in saeculum.
V. Adjutorium nostrum in
Nomine Domini.
R. Qui fecit cœlum et terram.
V. Benedicat vos, Omnipotens Deus:
V. Pa + ter, et Fi + lius, et Spiritus + Sanctus, descendat super vos, et maneat semper.
R. Amen.
V. Blessed + be the Name of the Lord.
R. Now and for ever more.x
V. Our help is in the Name of the Lord.
R. Who made Heaven and earth.
V. May Almighty God Bless thee:x
V. The Fa + ther, the + Son, and the Holy + Ghost, descend upon thee, and always remain with thee.
R. Amen.

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The Memorare
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen. 
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