Easter I

In today’s Collect, we are reminded after his resurrection that Jesus Christ our Lord died for our sins and rose again for our salvation. And now we are to put away our malice & wickedness for one another and to serve our Lord in purity of truth and living because the truth has been revealed, witnessed, and evidenced.

In today’s Epistle & Gospel, there are few things that should be noted. First, our Lord God sent his only begotten son Jesus Christ to overcome the world per Apostle John. He was not only sent but also born as a full human being because he has all the elements of a human being – of water & blood. But to be saved & to ascend into heaven, we are born again with the baptism of water and the work of the fiery Spirit.

Second, most Christians cannot defend or affirm the doctrine of Trinity in the modern Bibles. But in King James Bible it is clearly stated – “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” (1 John 5:7) So keep studying from the King James Bible and ignore the modern bibles.

Third, in the Gospel, we have the evidence of Jesus’ resurrection. After the third day, he first appeared to Mary Magdalene, the other woman, Peter, two Emmaus disciples, and his disciples except Thomas. But on the following Sunday with Thomas present, Jesus appears again. This time the doors were shut. But Jesus walked passed it, stood in front of Thomas, and said Peace be unto you. Why does Jesus say this? Before the crucifixion all the disciples were excited with all the miracles. Then they saw the Lord who couldn’t save himself from the Cross. And they were in fear and disbelief. Afterward, they met in secret and were in fear. But our Lord appears after the crucifixion and he reaffirms their fear with these words “Peace be unto you” twice.

Fourth, Jesus shows that he is not a ghost when he shows his wounds in his hands, feet, and side. This must have brought their fear to wonderment. Fifth, Jesus shows the Catholic orders when he says “as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.” In other words, God sent Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ sent his disciples to all parts of the world for the Great Commission. Sixth, he then breathed on the disciples the Holy Ghost with these words “Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” This is to follow the Apostolic Orders and do the work of the Holy Spirit in salvation. With the Holy Spirit, we are to forgive the sinners and their sins.

So today, the title of the after Easter is wrongly named Low Sunday. It should be the beginning of the Christian faith because Jesus Christ our Lord has completed all his work. Is this enough for you my brothers and sisters? The Lord is risen. He is indeed. Amen.

-- Fr. Anton Yoe+

Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us: therefore let us keep the feast.  Not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

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Your support of the Food Bank and MaRIH Crisis Pregnancy Center is greatly appreciated. The lists below tell what is needed.  The MaRIH Center list has been updated.  If you cannot bring items to the church, you can also click on the donate button above and then on the drop down menu that appears on the donation page choose Charity and Mercy to give a cash donation.  In the comment box you can specify if the donation is for the Food Bank and/or for the MaRIH Crisis Pregnancy Center.  Thank you.
Food Donations 
Please help this month with a food donation if you are able. Christ House is very thankful for the food we provide to them each month. Please also buy low sugar cereals (and not the kid's types that have lots of sugar).  Current needs include the following:
• canned meats (chicken, corned beef, spam)
• peanut butter
• jelly
• tuna
• canned vegetables (corn, green beans - (regular and low sodium)
• individual fruit cups (low sugar)
• canned fruit (low sugar)
• cereal (low sugar)
• pasta (regular and gluten-free)
• instant potatoes
• Macaroni & cheese kits
• Coffee, cooking oil, flour, sugar 
Updated List of Needs for MaRIH Center (crisis pregnancy center)
MaRIH Center with its all volunteer staff has been providing help to mothers-to-be and mothers in need.  If you can provide some of the items that are needed, please do so. (You can leave the donations where the food for the food bank is collected on the pew in the undercorft.)

Especially Needed
Baby wipes* (an ongoing great need)
Diapers (sizes 1, 2, 3, 4*, 5*, & 6*)
Diaper rash ointment
Baby shampoo
Baby blankets
Spring/Summer clothing for 0-3 months and 2T*
Sleeping -- Pack-n-Play*
(Bold and  * are a critical need.)

Sleep Sacks: Girls 0-6 mos.
Socks: Boy/Girl 2T 
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