This Week's Gospel Message

2nd Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)

     What a wonderful joy fills us today as we ponder the inexhaustible mercy of God. “Mercy is the heart of God,” Pope Francis tells us. Imagine this dynamic, powerful, compassionate, piercing, embracing, loving, propelling, penetrating, absorbing, and enveloping, transforming presence of God flowing into the very depth of our souls. It is God’s mercy that allows blood to flow through our veins. It is God’s mercy that forms every atom of our being and leads us to what is true. God’s mercy reveals all superficiality and falsehood, & lays bare all distortions, empty promises, weakness, and sin.

     “Mercy is the force that reawakens us to new life and instills in us the courage to look to the future with hope,” Pope Francis continues. God’s all forgiving, compassionate love is with us. When we believe and accept that Christ’s resurrected transfigured presence resides with us, we then find within us a strong confidence to accept life’s imperfections and disappointments and move on. Every day is a new adventure in new life. God leaves the past behind and opens doors to the future. It doesn’t matter how many mistakes we made yesterday. All that matters is what we do tomorrow and what we learn along the way. God is all about tomorrow & the work yet to do in our lives.

     Mercy gives birth to hope. Hope for the greatest of sinners and hope for the worst of disasters. There is nothing God cannot do & nothing God cannot fashion. After all, everything we know and treasure was once nothing, and look what God did with the nothing God had! The resurrected Christ stands before us with nail marks in his wrists and wounds on his body as a testament that not even injustice, suffering and death can trample over and destroy God’s mercy. What have we to fear? Why do we keep ourselves from peace? Our lack of faith prevents us from going forward and fully receiving the holiness God desires to breathe upon us. Breathe in God’s mercy. Exhale peace. ©LPi

Fr. Tom Becker

Pastor

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CATHOLIC CHURCH

 

145 2nd Ave NE

Rice, Minnesota 56367

 

Phone: 393-2725

Fax: 393-7507

 

Office Address: 130 1st Ave NE

 PO Box 189 Rice, MN 56367

Immaculate Conception

Mass Schedule
Weekend Masses:

Saturday: 5 pm

Sunday:

8:00 am (July – Dec)

10:00 am (Jan – June)

 

Weekday Masses:

Wednesday: 8 am

Friday: 8 am

 

Reconciliation: Saturday 4:00 pm

Mission Statement

We, the faith community of Immaculate Conception Church in Rice, are called by God's Word to worship together, grow in our faith, share our gifts, and build the Body of Christ. 

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