Second Sunday of Easter

Year B / Sunday, April 11, 2021

Readings for this Sunday: 

Acts 4:32–35 

Psalm 118:2–4, 13–15, 22–24 (Rx 1 or Alleluia) 

1 John 5:1–6 

John 20:19–31 

On my travels, I often receive requests from concerned parents asking me to pray for one or more of their children who have lost faith. Their sadness is tangible and free of anger or resentment. They simply want their child to come home to Jesus. 

As children, we are handed our faith, and at some point, we must make it our own through our ongoing conversion to Christ. That process is at times painful, leaving scars of doubt. Yet the Risen One’s appearance to the disciples, wounds fully on display, proclaims that the resurrected Christ we believe in will always and only be known as Jesus crucified. Resurrection does not erase suffering, expecting us to believe as children do, uncritically. Rather Christ’s glorified wounds sanctify ours, including those of our struggles with faith. 

For those saddened by a loved one’s abandonment of faith, the work of Scripture scholar Sandra Schneiders, IHM, on this passage may be a comfort. Analyzing the Greek, she understands Christ’s words regarding forgiveness to mean that what is retained, or held onto, is not the sin but the person. 

Christ, by his own wounds, holds on to those who have lost faith. And we, the body of Christ, by our ongoing care, hold on to them as well. In Christ’s body, no one is lost. 

–Diana Macalintal

Suggested Music

O filii et filiae / O Sons and Daughters

Arr. Robert Farrell

G-9245 · SATB, organ, opt. Brass Quartet

O Sons and Daughters

Arr. John Ferguson

G-4547 · SATB, tambourine, 8 handbells

O Sons and Daughters

Arr. Richard Proulx

G-4552 · SATB

O Sons and Daughters

Arr. William Tortolano

G-5269 · SATB

We Walk by Faith (DUNLAP’S CREEK)

Arr. David Lasky

G-9519 · SATB, organ, opt. assembly

We Walk by Faith (DUNLAP’S CREEK)

Arr. Dennis R. Johnson

G-9843 · SAB, cantor, assembly, flute, violin, cello

Be My Hands and Feet

Tony Alonso, text by Mary Louise Bringle

G-8901· SATB, assembly, keyboard, guitar, flute, cello


“See my hands and feet, said Jesus, love arisen from the grave. Be my hands and feet said Jesus, live as ones I died to save.”

Jesus beckons “doubting” Thomas to come to touch Jesus’s hands and put his hand in Jesus’s side so that he will believe that Jesus has risen. We don’t have the same proof that Thomas had of Jesus’s resurrection, but our actions and the way we treat others can serve as proof of Jesus living on in our hearts. Our lives are witness to God’s love and presence in the world. When we are sent out at the end of mass “to love and to serve the Lord,” we are sent to be the hands and feet of Jesus for all those we encounter. When you leave mass what do you take with you? Do your hands and feet mimic those of Jesus?

–Victoria Zibell

More suggestions for the Second Sunday of Easter…

A New Commandment  Michael Ward SATB, descant, cantor, assembly, keyboard, guitarflute 007679

A New Commandment Gerald Phillips SATB, cantor, keyboard 009459

A New Commandment Steven Janco Unison voices, assembly, keyboard 005773

Acts of God Rory CooneySATB, solo, keyboard, guitar • G-8756

Along This Holy Way Chris de SilvaSATB, cantor, solo, assembly, keyboardguitar • G-8672

Come to the Living Stone Karen Schneider Kirner, Steven C. Warner SATB a cappella, descant, percussion 007243

Holy Spirit Alleluia: Gospel Acclamation and Verses for the Easter Season  Arr. Rob Glover SATB, cantor, assembly, organ • G-8699

I Saw Water Flowing / Alleluia: Rite of Sprinkling and Gospel Acclamation for Eastertide James Biery Unison with descant, SATB, cantor, assembly, organ • G-8469

In God I Trust James V. Marchionda, OP SATB, cantor, assembly, keyboardguitar 008926

Jesus Be Known to Us Janet Sullivan Whitaker SATB, cantor, assembly, keyboard, guitar 009006

Love One Another Tony Alonso Two-part choir, cantor, assembly, keyboardguitar 005805

O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing Arr. Jennifer Durham SAB, organchimes 009045

Rejoice and Be Glad W. Clifford Petty SATB, cantor, assembly, keyboard 001275

Something Beautiful John Angotti Three-part choir, cantor, assembly, keyboardguitar 008092

This is the Day David Sanders Two-part choir, cantor, assembly, keyboard 006326

This Is the Day Gary Daigle SAB, cantor, assembly, keyboard, guitar • G-9844 

This Is the Day Steven Van Wye SATB, cantor, solo, assembly, keyboardguitar • G-8399

This is the Day: Psalm 118 Tom Kaczmarek SATB, descant, cantor, assembly, keyboardguitar 006130

This is the Day / O Spirit of the Living God Paul French SATB, keyboard 008741

Veni, Creator Spiritus (VENI CREATOR SPIRITUS) Arr. Keith S. Kalemba Three-part choir a cappella 009605