Elements of God’s design for our life Print E-mail
Written by Jean Denton   
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Third Sunday
of Easter

Acts 2:14, 22-33
Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11
1 Peter 1:17-21
Luke 24:13-35

I once served on a parish committee that was tasked with developing a comprehensive design for the interior of our new sanctuary. The idea was to plan the entire decor so that all the artistic elements combined -- stained glass, statuary, wall decoration, crucifix -- would create a meaningful space to enhance worship.

During our discussions, some committee members observed how the atmosphere in certain churches seemed to enliven the presence of God. Our design consultant, an accomplished artist in a variety of media, also reminded us about the quality of art to both teach and transport.

Our task turned out to be arduous, partly because of members' differing tastes in art. But mostly we labored over what images to include that would best speak to our worship and enrich the formation of our faith community.

I wish I had paid more attention at the time to the Gospel story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus, because it reveals all the elements of God's comprehensive design for our life with him.

In this passage from today's readings, the disciples are confused and having doubts about Jesus after his death.

As their faith appears to be wavering, Jesus explains in detail who he was, why he came and how his resurrection now confirms their beliefs and, moreover, signifies the reality of the world's salvation.

Our worship at Mass effectively mirrors the disciples' experience on the road to Emmaus. Imagine yourself on the road with them that day as you enter the sanctuary for Sunday worship: Needing a boost to your faith, you listen to the Scripture interpreting the teachings of the prophets, reminding you of Jesus' life and ministry and what it meant to you.

Just as your heart begins burning with renewed understanding and inspiration, the Liturgy of the Eucharist begins. You recall the disciples seated at table with Jesus, remember his paschal sacrifice and at the moment of consecration you recognize him in the breaking of the bread.

Our daily lives can easily pull us away from our faith. That's why we are drawn back into church each week, so our hearts will burn again in an atmosphere where we can walk with Jesus and be reassured of his promise.

This column is offered in cooperation with The North Texas Catholic of Fort Worth, Texas.

Daily Scripture Readings Print E-mail
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Pope's Prayer Intention: April 2017 Print E-mail
Beginning in 2017, the Pope will present one prepared prayer intention per month, rather than two. A second prayer intention related to current events will be added each month. The urgent prayer request will mobilize prayer and attention to an immediate situation.

April Prayer Intentions

  • Pope's Prayer Intention - Young People: That young people may respond generously to their vocations and seriously consider offering themselves to God in the priesthood or consecrated life.

  • Urgent Intention - Landslide Victims/Peace: Victims of the landslide in Colombia and peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Venezuela, and Paraguay.

Holy Days of Obligation Print E-mail

The following are Holy Days of Obligation for 2017.

Holy Days of Obligation Description
Sunday, Jan. 1
Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God
Thursday, May 25
Ascension Thursday
Tuesday, Aug. 15
Solemnity of the Assumption
Wednesday, Nov. 1
All Saints Day
Friday, Dec. 8
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Monday, Dec. 25
Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
Prayer to St. Raphael Print E-mail

photo of Pilgrim Icon of St. Raphael

Glorious Archangel St. Raphael, great prince of the heavenly court, you are illustrious for your gifts of wisdom and grace. You are a guide of those who journey by land or sea or air, consoler of the afflicted, and refuge of sinners.

We beg you, assist us in all our needs and in all the sufferings of this life, as once you helped the young Tobias on his travels. Because you are the "medicine of God" we humbly pray you to heal the many infirmities of our souls and the ills that afflict our bodies.

We especially ask your guidance of our diocese as we journey toward the rebuilding of a cathedral bearing your name, and the great grace of purity to prepare us to be temples of the Holy Spirit. As our intercessor, beg the Blessed Trinity to prosper the work of our hands and, above all, to bring us, face-to-face, into their Holy presence.


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