3rd Sunday of EASTER
26th April 2020
Acts of the Apostles 2:14, 22-33; Psalm 15; St Peter 1:17-21; Luke 24:13-35
Acts 11:1-18 [ER] Acts 13:1-12; Psalm 23; 1Peter 2:20-25; John 10:1-10 or John 10:11-18
This week in the parish.... LOCK DOWN
HOMILY FOR 3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR A 2020
We have all travelled the road to Emmaus.
In one way or another at some time we have all had our hopes dashed. Just think of all the adjustments we have had to make at this time of the Covid-19. We are the disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35).
Christ joined us on the road and opened up the Scriptures to us so that we could see our cross or our dashed hopes taken up in the plan of God. We asked Christ to spend the evening with us and then we recognized him in the breaking of bread. Now we too say, “The Lord has truly been raised”.
We know Christ is present with us. Christ is not just present but transforms us, renews us, recreates us just as he restored hope and joy once again in the disciples on the road to Emmaus.
What a difference the presence of Christ made in the lives of those two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Before meeting Christ on the road they were going away from Jerusalem, their eyes were downcast, they had been hoping for the redemption of Israel, they decided to call it a day because it was getting dark. But after meeting Christ they returned to Jerusalem which they had just left, their eyes were no longer downcast but opened, instead of dashed hopes for the redemption of Israel their hearts burned within them, and even though they had stopped the journey when nightfall approached they now set out at once to return to Jerusalem. That is the difference that the presence of Christ makes. That is the difference the presence of Christ makes in our lives when we focus on Christ instead of on the negative and the difficulties.
We encounter Christ every time we celebrate the Eucharist just as the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. The Scriptures are proclaimed and explained in the light of Christ. Our eyes are opened to a new way of looking at reality by the Word of God. We recognize Christ in the breaking of bread, the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. The Real Presence means Christ is present in the fullest sense in the Eucharist, substantially present, in his Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. The Real Presence means that Jesus IS FOR REAL.
We have all travelled the road to Emmaus at some time as we had our hopes dashed. But what a difference the presence of Christ makes in our lives. Our eyes are opened to a new way of looking at reality by the Word of God. We recognize the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Christ is not just present but transforms us, renews us, recreates us just as he restored hope and joy once again in the disciples on the road to Emmaus.
Let us pray today thanking Jesus for giving Himself to all of us.
We pray for that grace to experience Jesus in our lives every moment of every day.
We lift up to God all who have died because of the Covid-19 virus – may they rest in peace;
we pray for their families and friends. As we read in Psalm 15 today:
Preserve me, God, I take refuge in you. I say to the Lord: “You are my God”.
May the Blessing of God be with each and everyone of us, today and always.
Shine TV will be broadcasting Mass from 2.00pm - Sunday 26 April
Free-to-air Channel 25, Sky TV channel.
Please enjoy reading New Zealand’s only national Catholic newspaper.
Read it ONLINE - this is the second edition
EMERGENCY HELP AVAILABLE
If you are unable to afford groceries or are in self-isolation with no access to other support networks, you can phone Auckland Emergency Management 0800 22 22 96 between 7am and 7pm, every day from Wednesday, 1 April.email@example.com or
This works well and the people are very helpful.
- St Vincent de Paul: email them on firstname.lastname@example.org
Or phone 09 8156122. Special conditions apply.
Catholic Caring Foundation website
Auckland Emergency Management
The Auckland City Council have announced that they have a Group called Auckland Emergency Management and it is setup to help with those needing food, or grocery delivery to the stranded, and emergency accommodation.
It is part of the Civil Defence effort.
Phone number 0800 22 22 96.
GET YOUR NEWSLETTER EMAILED
During the lockdown period our weekly newsletter is still being produced. Please pass the message on to others that if they would like the newsletter sent to them directly, to visit the parish website www.hbcparish.org.nz and
FLOWERS IN THE MEMORIAL GARDEN AT ST FRANCIS
We went for a walk past St Francis this week and were delighted to see the flowers in the memorial garden were blooming again.
With just a little bit of rain they burst forth into life.
It has been so hot and dry this summer that I had not expected them to revive.
Just shows the marvel of nature – out of something that appears dead comes life.
A father and son went fishing one day. While they were out in the boat, the boy suddenly became curious about the world around him. He asked his father, "How does this boat float?"
The father replied, "Don't know son."
A little later, the boy looked at his father and wanted to know, "How do fish breathe underwater?"
Once again the father responded, "Don't know son."
A little later the boy asked his father, "Why is the sky blue?"
Again, the father said, "Don't know son."
Finally, the boy asked his father, "Dad, do you mind my asking you all of these questions?"
The father replied, "Of course not, if you don't ask questions, you won't learn anything."
One year, two guys took a class at the University and did pretty well on all the quizzes and mid-terms - so much so that going into the final, they each had a solid A. These two friends were so confident going into the final that the weekend before finals week, despite the final being on Monday, they decided to go out to party with some friends. They had a great time.
However, they overslept and didn't make it to the exam in time. Rather than taking the final then, they found the professor afterwards and explained to him how they missed it.
They told him they went away for the weekend and had planned to come back in time to study, but they had a flat tyre on the way back and didn't have a spare. They couldn't fix it for a long time and were late getting back to campus.
The professor thought this over and agreed that they could take the final the following day. The two guys, elated and relieved, studied that night and went in the next day at the time the professor had told them.
He placed them in separate rooms and handed each of them a test booklet. He told them to begin.
They looked at the first problem which was something simple; it was worth 5 points. "Cool," they thought, "this is going to be easy."
They then turned the page and were unprepared for what they saw on it. The question contained only two words: (95 points) "Which tyre?"
FAITH, You've GOTTA HAVE FAITH
Two nuns were driving alone out in a rural area. They ran out of gas. Fortunately they could walk to a gas station not far away, where they asked to purchase a can of gasoline.
"I'm sorry, sister," said the attendant, "but all I have for you to carry it in is an old chamberpot." The nuns agreed that this would be fine.
They returned to the car. As they were pouring the gasoline into the tank, a man drove by, stopped his car, and said, "Oh sister, if only I had your faith."
Parents are the first educators of faith:
A wonderful depository of family-friendly material for the domestic Church are available at
It comes from the Bishops’ Conference National Centre for Religious Studies.
New materials are continually being uploaded.
TELEPHONE PRAYER CHAIN
Is anyone sick?
Call upon the church community to pray for you (James5:14).
Please telephone any of the parishioners listed below.
We would love to pray for your intentions in our daily prayers.
Norma McGrath (Coordinator); 424-8460
Maureen Nancarrow; 426 7921
Ursula Taylor; 426 7970
Janet Dimbleby; 427 5850
Kerry Johnson; 424 2854
Raewyn Taylor; 424 1414
Judy Gooding; 424 1008