My Dear St. Bernadette Family,
Mercy is the title of this Sunday. It is also the experience of the apostles and of the church. It is also what we are sent to proclaim through our care for God’s people. The Second Sunday of Easter is also now called “Divine Mercy Sunday.” In declaring this new title, John Paul II focused on the mercy of Christ displayed in today’s gospel. Here, what we don’t see is probably more important than what we do see.
What we see is Jesus’ appearance to the apostles in that locked room. What we don’t see is Jesus scolding them for running away in His time of need. What we see is his tenderness in showing Himself to them. What we don’t see is any sense of a need for retribution, shame or fear of divine punishment.
We see Jesus especially reaching out to Thomas when he doubts. Giving to him exactly what he needed to become the one who first declares “My Lord and my God!”
In seeing the mercy shown to the apostles, we are invited to know God’s mercy in our own life. Seeing their weakness in the time leading up to Jesus’ execution, we can admit to our own sins trusting in God.
Divine Mercy is the title of this Sunday. It is also the experience of the apostles and of the church. It is also what we are sent to proclaim through our care for God’s people.
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