Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 21st


Acts 10: 34a. 37-43
Ps 118: 1-2. 16-17. 22-23
1 Cor 5: 6b-8
Jn: 1-9


“Thank God because he’s good, because his love never quits. Tell the world, Israel, “His love never quits.” Hear the shouts, hear the triumph songs in the camp of the saved. “The hand of God has turned the tide! The hand of God is raised in victory! The hand of God has turned the tide!” I didn’t die, I lived! And now I’m telling the world what God did.” “ The stone the masons discarded as flawed is now the capstone! This is God’s work. We rub our eyes – we can hardly believe it!” (Ps 118:1-2. 16-17. 22-23 (The Message)

For the past 30 years I have gone to Emmaus House in NJ for Holy Week Tridium. Emmaus House is for women religious in recovery. There we gather to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord through prayer and ritual. It is there that I found that God never quits loving me, where I had my own resurrection and why I return every year to follow the journey of Jesus during his last days. “I didn’t die, I lived!”


Lord, I am forever grateful for Emmaus House, the staff and all the other women religious who share in my recovery these past 30 years. I have been through my own suffering, death and resurrection with the support of others and I know I am loved because God lives in me.

Personal Challenge

Have courage and never be afraid to ask for help. God is waiting; all you need to do is ask. You will never be discarded as flawed because God loves you. Start your own road to your resurrection.

Mary Palmer, CSJ
Wheeling, WV

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