From the Pastor
Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,
Jesus Christ is risen today. Alleluia, alleluia!
Our gospel passage holds us all in suspense on this beautiful Easter Day. We are so much like Jesus’ disciples who came to the tomb early in the morning and were confounded to find nothing but an empty hole cut into the rock, with the huge stone lying beside it. We are like his disciples without much evidence for Jesus’ Resurrection.
Where is the proof for us? What can we point to in our lives that gives us a reason to believe in the Resurrection? The disciples did not understand the Scriptures that foretold Jesus’ Resurrection. They needed to be shown, just as we need to see the proof that Jesus has indeed won the victory over death and sin. We want to believe, but how can we believe in what we have not seen?
This Easter time calls us to imitate in some way the Passover custom that the Jewish people had when they threw out the old yeast and ate unleavened bread. Saint Paul described the “old yeast” that we are being called to discard. It is “the yeast of malice and wickedness”. The “unleavened bread” that we are given to eat is “the bread of sincerity and truth”.
I tell you, brothers and sisters, to have faith. Allow the new light of the Resurrection of Jesus to penetrate the dark places in your lives. We have been separated physically for some time because of the pandemic as we stayed at home for months. But we knew that we were still united with one another through our common bond of faith in Jesus and in the power of His Resurrection.
Today we have reason to be joyful because we are reunited. Let the joy and the peace that comes from believing in the power of Christ’s Resurrection soften our hard hearts because this is the day that the Lord our God has made. Let us really rejoice and be glad in it!
For those brothers and sisters of ours who are still in fear to come out of their houses, please come back!
Come out of the darkness caused by the pandemic and experience being raised up like our Lord Jesus Christ!
Jesus Christ is risen! He has conquered sin and death and we no longer have any reason to fear death or any other evil that this world may throw at us.
May the light of Christ’s Resurrection shine into all the dark corners of our lives, so that we might fully experience the newness of life that we have been given in Christ.
And may our lives reflect the light of Christ that we have so joyfully received today.
God bless you all and HAPPY EASTER!
2021 Annual Appeal
“Catholic Stewardship in Action” is the theme of this year’s Annual Appeal of the Archdiocese of Newark. This appeal supports the mission, programs, and ministries of the Archdiocese. This year’s goal for Our Lady of Mercy Parish is $42,122. OLM will receive a 100% rebate of every dollar collected above our parish goal. Please be generous and support this Annual Appeal. It will benefit the Archdiocese and our parish as well. Thank you and God bless! If you need a pledge envelope, they are available at the parish office.