From time to time one reads in one of the national news magazines, or sees on one of the cable TV channels, some (reputed) scripture scholar who questions the traditional understanding of the nature of Jesus, and the truth of His resurrection. These articles (or programs) are especially common at this time of year. Each year at Easter we proclaim who Jesus is: the son of God and the son of Mary, who suffered, died, and truly - bodily - rose from the dead. The Gospel from today’s Mass records for us another instance where Jesus appears to His disciples. He invites them to touch Him to see that He is not a ghost. And then He eats with them to give them further proof. I can’t imagine what kind of faith those “doubting scholars” would expect us to have if we accepted what they propose. I propose we stick with the creed that we recite each Sunday at Mass. Our Faith is not made up of fanciful notions, myths, or legends. It is real, true, and historical.
We typically celebrate many sacraments in the Easter season, especially the three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion. I baptized an infant during Easter week, we have another infant to baptize next Sunday, and several more yet to baptize in the upcoming weeks. Our young children will be receiving their First Holy Communion on May 2. And last Sunday I was privileged to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation to 9 of our young people. Please pray for our newly Confirmed, that, having been “sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit”, they may be strengthened to live a full, conscious, and active life as true sons and daughters of the Father, and fervent disciples of our Savior, Jesus Christ!
May God bless you!