Third Sunday of Easter
Easter is good news, the best news. New life for Jesus means new life for his disciples, and new life for the disciples means new life for the world. For those who are convinced that Easter is good news, they know also that it cannot be kept in the secret of their hearts. The joy of Easter is meant to be shared. This is what Peter with the eleven did. In a loud voice, they proclaimed: “God raided him to life, freeing him from the pangs of Hades…” (Ac 2: 24). This is the good news that brings and gives hope (Pt 1: 21).
SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER (DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY)
Do we want to see the holes in the hands of CHRIST? Thomas, the Twin was very particular and prudent: “Unless I see, … unless I put the finger, unless I put the hand in his side, I refuse to believe” (Cf. John 20, 25).
The account of the Gospel we listen to (Mt 21: 1-11), before the procession with palms in our hands, has many political categories: Jerusalem, the dwelling city of the King (v1.10), the Lord (v3), the King (v5), son of David (v9). All these words are repeated in the passion of the Lord with reference to Pilate, the governor and Jesus, with the mention of “king of Jews”.
FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT
Sometimes we may come across a worrying experience in our life, that needs to be addressed. For example, these days in Mongo we have a problem in our small communities in the villages. There are projects of construction or rehabilitation of schools that need the cooperation of the community to provide local materials. In some communities the projects are not developing smoothly because the cooperation of the community is lacking. Although there was sensitization and participation before, the response now is not encouraging. There is lack of enthusiasm among the people, they do not seem care.
My Dear Young People,
I am pleased to announce that in October 2018 a Synod of Bishops will take place to treat the topic: "Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” I wanted you to be the centre of attention, because you are in my heart. Today, the Preparatory Document is being presented, a document which I am also entrusting to you as your "compass” on this synodal journey.