Goodmorning Disciples of Jesus Christ. Happy Resurrection Day! We have made it to another Resurrection Day in celebrating 40 Days of Lent with Our Lord, His Passion, Death and His Glorious Resurrection. Wow, Thank You Jesus! Here is the Easter Sunday Holy Mass celebrated at St. Mary’s Parish in Ottawa, Canada for those that cannot get out to Holy Mass due to illness, or restrictions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJsiFN1amfg.
Today, let us reflect on Our Lord’s Special Day of fulfilling His Holy Word in His Resurrection and saving all of us called to Him in eternal salvation. Here is the Gospel of John, Chapter 20. https://biblehub.com/niv/john/20.htm.
The Empty Tomb
1Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”
3So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 8Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9(They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
13They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
15He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
16Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
17Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ”
18Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
19On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
21Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
Jesus Appears to Thomas
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
26A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
The Purpose of John’s Gospel
30Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31But these are written that you may believe b that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
If we look at verse 21, Our Lord told His Disciples that as the Father has sent Him, so He sends them! And with those words, He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” Notice, it was their belief in His Resurrection that allowed them to receive the Holy Spirit as a gift from the Resurrected KING. They were already conducting miracles before while Our Lord was still alive because of His anointing when the Holy Spirit rested on Him after He visited John the Baptist in the river Jordan. But now, Our Lord Jesus Christ was breathing on them as the Resurrected KING. His promise and words were fulfilled and now He has been given authority over all of Heaven and Earth. Wow, what a glorious moment for His Disciples to witness the fulfillment of God’s Holy Word!
In verse 27, Our Lord even gave St. Thomas a chance to believe in the risen Lord and witness His Glory. But why does Our Lord give doubting Thomas, who is a Saint, a second chance even a week later to believe in His Word that was fulfilled? Is it because God is all Mercy and knew Thomas’ heart was good, but just needed more time? We have to ask ourselves over and over again why any of us would need more time with all of the miracles God is constantly providing for His Children? But this is the MERCY of our forever-loving God who continues to give all of us forgiveness time after time when we continue to sin against Him. Let us reflect today on His Glory and His Mercy and let us continue to stop doubting in our Lord’s Holy Word and His forgiveness of sins, no matter how many times we keep stumbling in carrying our own crosses to become His saints.
Finally, in verse 30 and 31, we see that St. John tells us the purpose of his Gospel. For those that are still in denial of who Our Lord is, the MESSIAH, the Son of God, and that only by believing this do you have eternal life in His Name. There will be many who will experience Our Lord in the Warning/Illumination of Conscience that will still not believe in Him.
Let us Pray – Lord, we pray for all unbelievers today for Your Divine Mercy to touch their hearts. We pray that we can spread Your Gospel to the Nations, and that the Holy Spirit will allow us all of the Graces to live and fulfill Your Divine Will. We stand up and shout Your Praises and Glory to the whole world that YOU ARE THE MESSIAH, and all life is meaningless without YOU. We bring all sinners, including ourselves and place everything at the foot of Your Cross for Your forgiveness. We live to seek Your Holy Face end experience Your presence, and if we have ever doubted anything in Your Holy Word, please forgive us like You did St. Thomas, and show us the error of our ways. Thank YOU, LORD, for Your Passion, Death, and Resurrection for the forgiveness of our sins and our eternal salvation. We pray for the salvation of all souls, and all of those unprepared for the Warning. Amen.
Here are the latest messages on After the Warning website, the first to Luz De Maria from Our Lord. Wow! Our Lord is very angry at those that are planning to change the words to His prayer that He gave us in the Our Father. Let us pray for God’s Mercy for these lost souls. https://afterthewarning.com/messages-from-heaven/luz-de-maria/2022/april/15/the-our-father-will-be-changed/.
Here is the latest message to Shelley Anna from Our Lord stating that the Great Tribulation has begun. https://afterthewarning.com/messages-from-heaven/shelley-anna/2022/april/15/the-great-tribulation-has-begun/.
Here are Shelley Anna’s messages on her you tube channel, Holy Trinity Messages From Heaven. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWPO9XDmfI4.
Here is an older message from Enoch and Daily Prophecies from Heaven in a reminder of what he prophesied about a giant rock being propelled to Earth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K1HKNmOF2o.
Wow, here is an amazing summary of prophetic messages put together from Mother and Refuge of the End Times pointing to everything that is now being fulfilled in pushing us into the Great Tribulation. Enoch is the first prophet listed, and we are happy to see that many people are beginning to see the importance of his prophetic messages. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb5xcwjvIZQ.
Here is Mystic Post TV with an older message from Father Michel Rodrigue. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVhSsyPd87U.
Here is the latest video by The Two Preachers with the latest signs of the end times. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ6Z0bpDrrI.
Here is the latest show from Pastor Paul Begley and Mike from Around the World from this past Thursday night. Events keep escalating, and both Mike and Pastor Paul are advising all of God’s Disciples to be prepared to spread the Gospel when major events begin to unfold. Amen! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjWQSZ1iopE.
Here is a recent BBC News Report on a Russian Battleship that was sunk. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCJZVtKIwrU.
Prayerfully, you started the Divine Mercy Novena on Good Friday. Here is Kathy and Mike from Catholic Crusade Ministries with Day 3 of the Divine Mercy Novena. This group that Saint Faustina brings to Our Lord for His Mercy today includes all of us that are working on being His devout Disciples. Let us pray this prayer today to continue this path of holiness in striving to fulfill Our Lord’s Divine Will, no matter what cross He has asked us to carry for Him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQLGxA0Sjsk.
Emmanuel – “God is with Us.” Jesus, We Trust in You. Jesus, We Trust in You. Jesus, We Trust in You. Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, save us and the whole world, have Mercy on us sinners. Abba, Father, Thy Will Be Done.