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Catholic Church / Pacoima, CA

Live Resurrected with Christ

2nd Sunday of Easter

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love is everlasting.”Ps. 118

“If you have been resurrected with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”Col 3

Let us prioritize the Kingdom of God within us and in the world.

Baptism makes us resurrected with Christ. Our life is about learning to live out this baptismal vocation of being resurrected, children of God, and citizens of Heaven. Today’s readings give us very clear tips on what this means: to live united in the same faith, the same Spirit, in Christian love, like the first disciples.

“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.”1 John 5

For this is the love of God: that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. And the victory that has overcome the world is our faith. So it is by faith that we live out baptism, resurrected with Christ, as children of God, in his love, that is, by keeping his commandments, which are summarized in the love of God, inseparable from love for our neighbor.

Without love, we lose that divine life. That’s why God says that even if we had great talents and performed great miracles, without love, I am nothing, because it means I would have lost the faith that opens me to the Holy Spirit; and with Him, you cannot help but love.

Whoever does not love does not know God, remains separated from Him, for that love is like blood in physical life, it is essential for health and vitality; therefore, it is the condition without which we do not have divine Life. For the Holy Spirit is the love of God poured into our hearts that will manifest in its various fruits. If there is no love, it is because I am not open to the Spirit by faith.

The Resurrected One makes us resurrected with Him by giving us his Holy Spirit, so that we may participate in his divine and eternal life:

“«Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.» After he said this, he breathed on them and said, «Receive the Holy Spirit.»”John 20,21

The Spirit is what makes possible the miracle of communion in his love, in the experience of the values of heaven, guided by Christ the head who makes us new creatures, children of God for eternal life.

Weekly Readings

Sunday: Acts 4:32-35/Ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 (1)/1 Jn 5:1-6/ Jn 20:19-31
Monday: Is 7:10-14; 8:10/Ps 40:7-8a, 86-9, 10, 11/Heb 10:4-10/Lk 1:26-38
Tuesday: Acts 4:32-37/Ps 93:1ab, 1cd-2, 5/Jn 3:76-15
Wednesday: Acts 5:17-26/Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9/Jn 3:16-21
Thursday: Acts 5:27-33/Ps 34:2 and 9, 17-18, 19-20/Jn 3:31-36
Friday: Acts 5:34-42/Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14/Jn 6:1-15
Saturday: Acts 6:1-7/Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19/Jn 6:16-21
Next Sunday: Acts 3:13-15, 17-19/Ps 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9 (7a)/1 Jn 2:1-5a/Lk 24:35-48

Observances for the Week

Sunday: 2nd Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy)
Monday: The Annunciation of the Lord
Thursday: St. Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr
Saturday: St. Martin I, Pope and Martyr
Next Sunday: 3rd Sunday of Easter