Almighty Father, you have given your only Son to die for our sins and to rise again for our justification: grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness that we may always serve you in pureness of living and truth; through the merits of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Readings at Mass
First Reading. Acts 4:32-35
This reading gives us a picture of how the first Christians lived in community. They organised their community life together in the awareness that the Risen Lord was in the midst of them, inspiring and guiding their life together.
Second Reading. 1 John 1:1-2:2
Christians are children of God and show their love for God by keeping his commandments. The fellowship Christians have with the Risen Christ and, through him, with one another, points to the healing, forgiving love of God and witnesses to it in the face of all the world.
Gospel. St John 20:19-end
The Risen Christ is in the midst of his people: bringing the light of faith to the darkness of unbelief and breathing peace into fear. ‘We are an Easter people and alleluia is our song’ (St Augustine).
On the evening of the first Easter day the disciples had locked themselves away behind closed doors for fear. The Risen One passes through locked doors. The disciples’ fear cannot stop him from coming to them through the barred doors and wishing them peace. This is a beautiful and powerful image of the Resurrection. All too often we have locked our doors to others. We let no-one enter. We hide, encasing ourselves within our fear. Resurrection means that no lock and no bar can stop the Risen One from coming within and touching our heart. And no Christian community which shuts itself off from others can stop the Risen One himself from stepping into its midst and transforming it. In the Middle Ages the entrance doors to cathedrals were always decorated with the figure of the Risen Christ enthroned. People knew that only through Christ can we gain access to true life. Christ as the true door is another beautiful image of the Resurrection. We can lock our doors as much as we like, Christ as the door to life will break open the doors of our hearts and walk through them breathing life and peace into the depth of our being. (Anselm Green OSB)
Very grateful thanks to those who worked so hard to ensure that St Gabriel’s could re-open on Palm Sunday: cleaning and preparing the building and re-submitting our risk assessment (a legal requirement) to the Archdeacon; and sincere thanks, as usual, to those who worked so devotedly to decorate and make the church look so very beautiful for Easter Day.
Please remember our appeal for the House of the People of the Sun, Cusco, Peru, working with street children. Please be generous in supporting this wonderful project. Donations can be left in church/handed to the church officers until the end of Eastertide (Pentecost Sunday).
St Gabriel’s is now open for Mass every Sunday at 9.30am. Please let Keith Rogers know if you wish to attend – tel 578097 or email email@example.com.
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