Second Sunday of Easter- April 7, 2024

Theme: “Go and Proclaim: Lord Jesus is alive and His appearance is thru His Churches”

First Proclamation: Acts 4:32-35

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 118

Second Proclamation: 1 John 1-2:2

Gospel Proclamation: John 20:19-31

Homily by Fr. Romie- Jun Peñalosa

For this Season of Easter, Fr. Romie-Jun Peñalosa is basing the them from Galatians 2:20 – “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

The life we have now is the life of Jesus. Remember, there is no resurrection if there is no crucifixion. So we rise up from our old life of defeat and sin into the newness of life where there is joy. If you identify with Jesus in His death, then you will understand what the resurrection is.

Without faith, you will not understand the resurrection because the resurrected life is lived by faith. If we decide to live be faith, our lives will change. And this new life in Christ is a life lived in community. Love is the expression of our faith in Christ. Just like the early Christians in the Acts of the apostles, when everybody started sharing, poverty is defeated.

In community, there is sacrifice – for you cannot love without sacrifice. It’s possible that the reason why we don’t love much is because we do not understand that we have been forgiven much. It is gratitude that prods us to love. Our faith in Jesus is expressed in our love for one another. Fellowship is born out of love. And Fellowship is the way we grow as a community.

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