Gospel Reflection for
the Third Sunday of Easter
When we are struggling with our faith, we might be tempted to think that as long as we are
‘good people’ that will suffice. But what sets those who are simply ‘good people’ and ‘Christians’ apart?
The other disciples were really not so very different from Doubting Thomas. When they saw
Jesus in their midst, they took some convincing that it really was Jesus and not a ghost that had come to visit them. The gospel outlines three pieces of proof that Jesus uses to convince them that
he really has risen from the dead. He shows them the marks on his hands and feet, he invites them to touch and check that he is flesh and blood, and he shares a meal with them. But it is only when
Jesus opens their minds to understanding the scriptures that they come to believe in him. By interpreting what has happened, the risen Christ draws the disciples out of their confusion. Amongst some
of his famous last words to them, were words of encouragement to go and preach his message and a reminder of prophecies fulfilled and promises made.
Being a Christian today isn’t easy, and simply accepting the Jesus we have grown up with
sometimes isn’t enough to sustain us. Perhaps we have given up believing and think that being a good person will be good enough. Understanding the difference between living life simply as a good
person, and living life as a Christian comes of believing in the risen Jesus. As Christians we are continually striving to follow Christ’s example. Today, through prayer, scripture debate, and
putting faith into action, we continually work for the same enlightenment and understanding that Jesus gave his early disciples. To find that enlightenment we need to look to scripture as the
disciples did. We need to look at the authors of the books within the Bible and understand who they were, something of the times they lived in, and who their audience was. There are commentaries to
read and videos to watch, and of course, the Bible itself. We don’t need to be great scholars. The original disciples weren’t. All we need is the desire for enlightenment.
Care for Our Common Home Earth Day 22nd April
Together, we can prevent the coming disasters of climate change and environmental destruction.
Together, we can restore our Earth. On this year’s Earth Day the hope is to see a billion ‘Acts of Green’ across the planet. From students in classrooms to organisers in their communities to
officials in government there are ways for anyone of any background to make a difference. Start small and go big — or start big and stay big. Either way, create a green action on this day.
Saint George 23rd April
Okay, it's highly unlikely that St George ever killed a dragon, or for that matter that he
ever arrived on the shores of England. Perhaps we could use the feast day as a 'prompt' to slay our own dragons whatever they might be ..... laziness, greed, the need to gossip or put people down.
Happy St George's Day!
Fashion Revolution Week 19th-25th
Human rights and the rights of nature are interconnected and interdependent; we are part of
the wider living world and our right to a healthy environment depends on the health of our planet.
The human exploitation and ecosystem degradation we see all around us today are the product of
centuries of colonialism and globalised exploitation.
The fashion industry as an example, reinforces inequality and devalues the voices of
minority groups, people of colour, women and non-western perspectives.
‘Fashion Revolution Week’ was launched to encourage everyone to ask who made their clothes and
where their clothes are made from and push fashion brands to be more transparent on how their clothes are produced. Ask yourself, if a price tag is just too good to be true, it probably is it someone
Give Thanks for Your
As more of our family, friends, and neighbours receive their COVID vaccinations, we rejoice
and are glad that our loved ones are protected. We give thanks for all the NHS staff and key workers who continue to save lives across the UK.
For the poorest and most vulnerable communities across the world, there is little hope of a
vaccine rollout. These people already face a lack of water, food, and healthcare.
Our aid agencies are already on the ground, helping keep people safe from coronavirus with
practical support – but with your gift of thanks they can do more.
Donate online at CAFOD, Trocaire, SCIAF and Christian Aid.
Scientists, Mathematicians, and Supersmart People by David Michael
In an effort to help children learn about the relationship between faith and science, the
Daughters of St. Paul, a premiere publisher of Catholic children’s books for over seventy years through Pauline Books & Media, have partnered with the Word on Fire Institute to present an
exciting new book for children: ‘Brilliant! 25 Catholic Scientists, Mathematicians, and Supersmart People’. The book introduces children to many of the Catholics who have been behind ground-breaking
discoveries in science and math for centuries. Children will embark on an adventure through history where they’ll meet faith-filled pioneers in every field from anatomy to astrophysics. They’ll walk
in the footsteps of these supersmart Catholics who changed the world and learn how brilliant they can be when they unite faith and science!
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God understands our prayers even when we can't find the words to say them.