2nd Sunday of Easter Year A
God of everlasting mercy, who, in the very recurrence of the paschal feast kindle the faith of the people you have made your own, increase, we pray, the grace you have bestowed, that all may grasp and rightly understand in what font they have been washed, by whose Spirit they have been reborn, by whose Blood they have been redeemed.
The whole community remained faithful to the teaching of the apostles, to the brotherhood, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers.
First Reading, Acts 2: 42–47
Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end. Responsorial Psalm, Psalm 117
You may have life through his name. Second Reading, Peter 1: 3–9
His love has no end. Gospel Acclamation
‘My Lord and my God!’ Gospel, John 20: 19–31
In this time of Spring – ‘nature is never spent. There lives the dearest freshness deep down things. . .The Holy Ghost over the bent world’ (G. M. Hopkins SJ). This is reflected in this prayer. With quiet confidence I deliberately place myself before my loving and merciful God.
May I be attentive to the Spirit praying within me; to be more aware in my daily life of his renewing presence and power.
I ask the Spirit to show me where in my life I need an awareness and gratitude of all that God gives me each day.
I invite the Spirit to help me pray for that inner freedom which will urge me to say (with St Thomas) ‘You truly are my Lord and my God – I want and I choose whatever will allow you to deepen your life in me.’
I speak to the Lord from my heart as Thomas did.