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Subject:                          Easter Sunday - April 4th, 2021

 

St. John Vianney 105 Vianney Lane Prince Frederick MD 20678 www.sjvchurch.net 410-535-0223 (Office) 410-535-4395 (Rel Ed) 410-414-9099 (FLC) 410-286-1944 (Food Pantry) Dear Brothers and Sisters, Last week I offered “The...

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. John Vianney

105 Vianney Lane

Prince Frederick MD 20678

www.sjvchurch.net

 

410-535-0223 (Office)

410-535-4395 (Rel Ed)

410-414-9099 (FLC)

410-286-1944 (Food Pantry)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

 

Last week I offered “The Coroner’s Report” as a reflection for Palm Sunday’s Passion. This week I want to offer a follow-up as we prepare for Easter. Again, this is a fictional reflection by the same person. This time the coroner gives a reflection not on the body of Jesus. He gives his personal thoughts on Our Lord’s death and asks the right questions about who Jesus truly may be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personal thoughts

These thoughts I pen not as an official report but as a personal reflection on the death of this accused prisoner. As a physician, I have seen many men in death.  Many of them condemned and many of them condemned to die in horrible ways. What puzzles me about this Jesus and his death is why? Why was it that this self-proclaimed rabbi from the Galilee had to meet such an end? 

 

I realize that Passover time often makes all of Jerusalem a hot bed of political intrigue. Our Roman Procurator is not a man to be pushed by the eccentricities of our Jewish politics. But, why? Oh yes, I know he had wild ideas about the reign of God and there are those who claim that he thought himself to be the messiah. I realize that these things could cause a great deal of tension among our leaders. But it still doesn't answer the question.

 

This man's message as I myself heard it as he preached it in the temple a few short days ago was no threat to the state or to the practice of the Torah. When he was questioned about even paying tribute to Rome, he told those who questioned him to pay the tax and he also told them to give honor to God. What is wrong with that?

 

I think in the end it must be that our leaders feared not simply the message but the man himself. I must admit that as I heard him speak, my own heart was moved.  His message was stirring but there was more. Yes, it was the man himself.  I cannot put it easily into words.  There was something about him that goes beyond anything he said. Being in his presence one felt inspired even somehow close to God. Maybe this is what our leaders feared.  Maybe they too thought that he was the messiah.  Certainly, or at least so it's rumored, many of the Sanhedrin wondered if indeed he may be the one sent by God.

 

Imagine if indeed this Jesus was sent by God?  We have not always been kind to his messengers in the past.  Many we have rejected and only later found it in our hearts to repent for turning against their message. What if this man was sent by God?  What have we done? We can only pray I suppose that he was deranged and a nuisance.  But even this, I do not believe deserved the death he received.

 

What if he was sent to us from God?  What can we do?  Like the scorn we showed the prophets of old, I suppose we should seek God's forgiveness.   But what if this Jesus was indeed not just a prophet but the messiah, God's chosen one and we did this to him.   What then can we do?  Is there any hope for such a sin as this?  God has forgiven us in the past. But what can we do? 

 

I suppose all we can do is pray. Prayer is our only hope. We must pray for mercy. We must pray that his forgiveness is great and his love truly everlasting.  Yes, we must pray. 

 

However, we must also watch.  For if this Jesus is the messiah, then all may not be as it seems to be at the present moment. This story of Jesus the Nazarene may not be over. In fact, it may only have just begun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 3rd - Holy Saturday 

 Easter Vigil - Welcome of New Members

Mass will be celebrated at 8:00 pm

 

April 4th  -  Easter Sunday 

of the Resurrection of the Lord

Masses will be celebrated at 8:00 am and 11:00 am. 

 

Thank you for your help in signing up (pre-registering) for Mass.  As we expected, we had a great response to our request.  Registration is now closed. Please note that we will be live-streaming the 8:00 am  Easter Mass.  You can link to this Mass on our Home Page.

 

We will need to clean and sanitize the church between Masses.  If you are able to assist following the service, we would certainly welcome the help!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Sunday The Resurrection of the Lord
The Mass of Easter Day

 

Reading I: Acts 10:34a, 37-43 

Resp. Psalm: 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 

Reading II:  Col 3:1-4 

Gospel:  Jn 20:1-9 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Divine Mercy Sunday:   April 11th 3:00-4:00 PM;  

in the Main Church. Holy Hour includes: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Time for Private Prayer and the Divine Mercy Chaplet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note that the Parish Office will be closed:

 

Easter Monday, April 5th

Easter Tuesday, April 6th  and 

Easter Friday April 9th.

 

Should you have an emergency and need to speak to Fr. Pierce, please call the office and follow the voice mail instructions: "press three (3) to reach the Pastor".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Lady Star of the Sea

Spring Bazaar! School fundraiser  & craft bazaar on April 17th See flyer for details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Anthony’s is searcing for a Director of Religious Ed!

St. Anthony's Parish in North Beach is in search of a Director of Religious Education.  Applicant must be a practicing Catholic and be familiar with the teachings of the Catholic Church.  A Bachelors or Masters degree is preferred.  For more information contact Rev. James Stack at 443-646-5721 or fr.jamesstack@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RACIAL JUSTICE REFLECTION ROLE OF THE CHURCH

Saturday, April 17, 2021 @ 4:00 pm

 

What is the Church's moral teaching on racism?  How have Blacks have been treated in the Church?   What should we do? SPEAKER:  Charles Smallwood, discussing his childhood and adult experiences in the Church VIDEOS, discussion. 

 

To join us via Zoom just click the link below on the date and time.

 

Meeting ID: 870 7499 6020
Passcode: 084074

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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