All my dearly beloved ones in Christ ,

“ He is not here ; HE IS RISEN just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay. “

The first Sunday after Easter is called New Sunday or Bright Sunday. The idea of good humor, making merry and happiness in the week after Easter brought to us from early Christians. The Bright Sunday focus for feelings of still alive and well and going strong. When we are wishing you and your family a Happy and Blessed Easter reflects: Everlasting promise, Amazing love, Salvation from sin, Triumphant over death, Eternity with Christ and Resurrection to new life. In the midst of sorrow and anxiety, our prayers will encourage and promoting us to smile, laugh and hope to overcome gloomy faces. In an article in New York Times, “ Transformed by shipbuilding “ teaches the strength story and think of big changes that are coming with developments, new thinking in life experience.

The Gospel reading from St. John 20: 19-31 teaches the Commission of Apostles and His Mission o Earth.
St. John 20: 19-20 says: “ Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled , for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them “ Peace be with you. “ When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. “ The Lord’s Mission on Earth is through the CHURCH, grants them the Holy Spirit and authority to Forgive sins of others.
St. John 20: 22-23 says: “ And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “ Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any , they are forgiven the; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
Remember, the doubt of Thomas is described as a resistance to truth and that reasoning gave birth to faith, addressing Jesus as My Lord and My God.   

Today we acknowledge Two things :

  1. Christ’ Commission to Apostles and His Mission on Earth are through Church parishes. The message of newness through Holy Confession, Absolution and Holy Qurbana are for the faithful worshippers.
  2. Our common doubt into Faith and Liturgical and Sacramental life will lead us to the confession of Christ’s Divinity addressing Our Savior Jesus Christ as “ My Lord and My God.”

May God bless us with the spirit recovery and newness in our daily life situations.                            

With prayers,

V. Rev. Dr. Varughese Plamthottathil Cor Episcopos

Vicar and President of St. Baselios Orthodox Church, New York, U.S.A.

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