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    “Behold I make all things new”
    In the second reading we hear the words, “The One who sat on the throne said “Behold, I make all things new.”  We are still in the Easter Season.  That Jesus was crucified and then raised was something new.  Our first reading speaks of the founding of new churches.  At Easter, people were made new creations in Christ through receiving the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.  For those of us who were already baptized, we were called to rediscover the Living Christ who dwells within each of us.
    Easter proclaims that Our Risen Lord can be experienced everywhere.  There are no barriers to experiencing His Presence.  What we are called to do is to tune into His Presence.  Prayer enables us to tune in to the presence of the Risen Lord.  It would be interesting for you to take that one line of Scripture home with you.  Sit quietly or walk peacefully and repeat over and over again the line, “Behold, I make all things new.”  What needs to be made new in you, in your family, in your relationships with people…at your school, your workplace, our church, our city, our country and in our world?  And when we come to the moment of our deaths, death is not the end, but the beginning of New Life.
    In our parish, we have new opportunities to grow in our relationship with Christ and with one another.  Father Matthew Glaros will be starting up a dynamic praise and faith study group on Sunday, May 1 st at 5:30 pm in the rectory.  We have the Holy Name Society Chicken Dinner, also on May 1 st from Noon to 1:30 pm.  On Saturday, May 14 th plan to attend our first Duck Races.  You can review the notices for these events in our parish bulletin or on our website.  Open yourselves to new invitations to prayer and fellowship.  Consider participating in these events.
    At the Last Supper on the eve before He dies, Jesus says “I give you a new commandment.  Love One Another.  As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.  This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  The new commandment is that we are called to love one another as Christ loves them.  That is an ongoing process.  Are there people in my life whom I am called to love more deeply?  Are there other people that I am called to reach out to?  All of us can grow in our love for others and in finding new ways to express that love.
    So, take this line home with you today.  “Behold I make all things new.”  Picture the Risen Lord speaking those words to you.  Repeat the words slowly, quietly and peacefully.  Christ wants to make everyone new.  He says “Behold I make all things new.”  He says ALL things, not just some things.  In your meditation on these words, He will give you the guidance for your next step on the journey. 
    What needs to be made new in you?  What needs to be made new in your relationships, in your work, in your life?  The Good News of Easter is that God wants to make us all New Creations in Christ.  We just need to open ourselves more deeply to encounter the Presence of the Risen Christ.  He stands knocking at the doors of our hearts at Mass and every day of our lives.  We open the doors of our hearts to Him by spending quality time with Him in prayer.
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       May our prayers bring healing, comfort and strength to the sick and their caregivers, remembering especially
    Mary Adams, Bill Bican, Agnes Bartoszek, Greg Basco, Gwen Beres, Mary Ann Betliskey, Bill Bican, Joyce Bican, Phillip Bilelo,
    Bill Connors, Corrine Dawe, Diane Dufalla,
    Jose Dybzinski, Maria Dybzinski,
    Kristin Hill, Gertrude Kocab,
    Rose Krol, Lucy Konkoly, Tom Konkoly,  Judy Landolph, Pat Lubrano, Art Madsen, Cindi Magyar, Magruerite Miller, Jeannette Morrow, Dan Palmentera, Suzanne Patton, John Pocius,
    Nancy Recko, Betty Rhine, Brianna Rhine, Laurel Salupo, Noreen Spehar,
    Elaine Stack, Rev. John Tezie,
    Janice Tommer, Ron Walk, Bob Yeck, David Zelenka and Joseph Zelenka.
         May Our Loved Ones who have died rest in eternal peace in heaven, remembering especially Madeline Koston, whose funeral was last week.
         For the Men and Women serving in the military, especially those from our parish and their families.