Lessons from Francis of Assisi:
- The Church is always in need of reform and renewal
- Simplify our lives, to remove some of the clutter that stops us from hearing the voice of God and stops us from hearing the needs of others
- Grow in humility
- The need to be stewards to God’s created world
Gospel: John 20:19-23
On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.”