Second Sunday of Easter
Today as we celebrate the Divine Mercy we realize what a wonderful gift it is. In the responsorial Psalm (Ps. 118) we repeat, “His Mercy endures forever.” People throughout the ages experienced God’s mercy. It is easily and freely available. It is the free gift of God. However, people seldom pay attention to it.
After the death of Jesus, the disciples were a troubled people. All their dreams and hopes lay shattered. They appeared to have lost all hope in life. In such a situation Christ appears to them with the message of peace. He assured them not to be troubled. It took them a while to gain confidence and courage. When they overcame their fear and doubts they were fully changed. Now they are no longer a troubled people. They were able to withstand all troubles, and are able to go about preaching the message of Christ and bearing witness. Now they are a people with hope and a goal. What brought that change? How much did they pay for it? They received it free of charge. God gave it freely.
Thomas who was not present when Christ appeared to the disciples, seems a very troubled man. He does not stubbornly refuse to believe, but does not want to be misled by easy answers or mere gossip. But when he encountered Christ personally, his mind was at peace. He made the act of faith and exclaimed, “My Lord and my God.” Thomas’ journey from doubt to faith is offered as an encouragement to all who at various moments of their lives struggle with the challenge of believing in Jesus and living accordingly. Was it not mercy of God to come to that stubborn man and grant him what he demanded?
The reading from the book of Revelation (1:9-19) comforts and bolsters the faith of the persecuted Christians and assures them of the presence of the merciful Lord in their life. It encourages us to fight fear with Faith and trepidation about the future with trust and hope. The gospel (John 20:19-31) reminds us of how Jesus instituted the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a Sacrament of Divine Mercy. He said to them, “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” God gives his mercy any time any where. Finding time for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is another good way to receive and give thanks for Divine Mercy. For His Mercy endures forever.