Cycle (B) 2nd Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:32-35; 1 Jn 5:1-6; Jn 20:19-31 

After the death of Jesus, for fear of the Jews the Apostles confined themselves to a closed room. They received the news of the resurrection of Jesus from many sources. He was seen by the women who visited the tomb. Peter saw the empty tomb. He appeared to the apostles themselves. But these testimonies did not give them enough courage to come out and proclaim the reality of resurrection. They remained behind the closed doors. Again Jesus appeared to them and greeted them, "Peace be with you." 

"Peace" is the first word that came from the lips of Jesus on meeting his Apostles. "Peace be with you. (Jn 20:19). Then Jesus gave them the power to

Cycle (B) Easter

Alexander the great went to Corinth, to see the great philosopher, Diogenes of Sinope.  Alexander was thrilled to meet him. He wished to do him some favour. But Diogenes replied, "Give me a little of immortality."

Dear brothers and sisters man's search for immortality is as old as man himself. In the Biblical accounts of creation we read that the serpent tempted Eve with the promise that if she ate the fruit she would become like God.  And Eve could not resist that offer. She disobeyed God's command with the desire to become like God.

Cycle (B) Good Friday

 Is 52:13-53:12; Hb 4:14-16, 5:7-9; Jn 18:1-19:42

Evil can never be conquered by evil; but only by goodness, violence by non-violence; and hatred by love for the enemy. That is the message of Good Friday.

French Revolution broke out with the noble aim of   freedom to all and establishing universal brotherhood. But the means used was annihilating the opponents. It caused untold misery, bloodshed, violence and hatred.  Russian revolution broke out to wipe out the evils existed in the Tsar empire, again the means used was one that of violence. And violence gave rise to more violence.