Divine Mercy Sunday
Today is not only the second Sunday of Easter, but the completion of the octave of Easter and the Feast of Divine Mercy.
On the first anniversary of the founding of Divine Mercy Sunday, John Paul the second recalled, “Jesus said to St. Faustina one day: “Humanity will never find peace until it turns with trust to Divine Mercy.” This is the Easter gift the Church receives from the risen Christ and offers to humanity.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus came and stood in the mist and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he 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.’
Thomas, called Didymium, is known as doubting Thomas because he declared, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, put my finger into the marks, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.’ Thomas had difficulty believing. He may have been suspicious of the claims of his fellow apostles, who were still mourning, but were amazed by the resurrection of Jesus. Jesus appeared a second time for Thomas’ sake. He went immediately to Thomas and showed him his hands and side, and exhorted him to stop doubting. With humility and affection, Thomas exclaimed, “My Lord and my God!” Thomas was ready for his mission. Jesus then declared, “Those who have come to believe even without seeing or touching him are blessed.”
The first reading says many signs and wonders happen through the hands of the apostles; Thomas included. Because of this, more and more became believers. Jesus would refer to them as blessed.
In the second reading, John writes that he is imprisoned because he has been proclaiming God’s word and bearing witness to Jesus. He lived in an era when believing in Jesus was regarded as a crime. Now, we willingly believe in Jesus and commit ourselves to Him.
My brothers and sisters every day we celebrate mass, our Lord Jesus is in the midst of all of us saying the same words, peace be with you. Think about it when the priest or deacon says, ‘brothers and sisters share with each other a sign of peace’ ‘It is a moment for us to give our brothers and sisters signs of peace which come from the heart.
God Bless you all not just during this Easter season but always.