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2ND SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR B (DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY)

 

GOD’S MERCY

 

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today as we celebrate the second Sunday of Easter, it is also the Divine Mercy Sunday and Mothers’ Day—many celebrations in one. The readings encourage communal living as a great way to experience the Lord.  The disciples were united in heart and soul. They were ready to share their belongings with others.  They were never in want but provided for those in need.

 

 

First Reading  (Acts 4:32-35)

Today’s first reading presents us an ideal of communal living that is quite opposed to the modern culture in which the care of the poor is often neglected and the attention is about creating the richest persons either in their locality or state or perhaps the world. Out of love, those who had properties were selling, and were bringing the proceeds to the apostles so as to share to people according to their need. This brotherly way of living without keeping anything as ‘my own’ especially when others need it and I do not, was seen by Luke as a testimony to the resurrection of the Lord, which also earned the believers great respect among the people.

 

From this passage, it is quite clear that there is a great difference between our wants and our needs. We were told that, “None of their members was ever in need.” In life the greatest reason for greed is ‘our wants.’ There are so many things we acquire, that we do not actually need. But because they belong to our list of ‘wants,’ we do not rest until we acquire them. There are some people who have the hobby, of acquiring  every new model— cars, houses, gadgets, clothes belong to the list of wants for many. For some, their want is general, anything reigning in the market. There are some also who find their joy in just watching their accounts savings grow in the bank. Living next to the man in want, is the man in need. He has no money to treat common illness. He cannot afford his rent— because the man in want owns the house. He has no means of transportation and most times cannot pay his way. He has no food to eat even while working, because he is employed by the man in want who has not paid his wages for months. He is often in need because the man in wants embezzles or mismanages what should go round. If we learn to number our days aright, we will definitely gain wisdom of heart.

 

Second Reading  (John 5: 1-6)

In this second reading, John tells us that the proof of our love of God is our efforts to keep his commandment. Jesus had laid down for us the commandments in clear terms— love of God and love of neighbour.  That is what our faith in God moves us to do. It is this faith that is our victory over the world. The other witness of this faith, is the Spirit of truth.

 

Gospel (John 20: 19-31)

The passage was not in any way written to put blame on Thomas, but to help our faith. In an age of many doubts, many questions— an empirical age in which, ‘seeing is believing,’ where before people believe they needed to see, touch, taste and feel, to be sure they have facts to back their belief, it wasn’t strange Thomas did so.

 

Thomas had separated himself from the other apostles, and for that, he did not experience the Lord when he came the first time. We need the company of our other brothers and sisters to truly witness to the resurrection. The episode of Thomas is the difficulty experienced by many disciples on the way to believing the resurrection. Jesus, showed the disciples the wounds made by the nails and the spear, which fits in with the request of Thomas – to  probe the nail marks with his finger and put his hand in the side of Jesus. He then added, “Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.” This applies to us too. 

 

To believe that Jesus rose from the dead, is also to appreciate the mercy of God which we celebrate on this eight day after the resurrection. In the year 2000, Pope John Paul II established this first Sunday following Easter as a universal feast of the Church in honour of the Divine Mercy. This was a fulfilment of a request our Lord made through St Faustina Kowalska. The devotion to the Divine Mercy which is a ‘three o clock’ prayer has been spreading around the world, in response to this request. The thought of God’s mercy obviously fills us with hope. It is an affirmation from God that he has not forgotten us in our wretchedness. According to Pope Francis, 

“Mercy is not opposed to justice but rather expresses God’s way of reaching out to the sinner, offering him a new chance to look at himself, convert, and believe….God’s forgiveness knows no bounds. In the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God makes even more evident his love and its power to destroy all human sin. Reconciliation with God is made possible through the paschal mystery and the mediation of the Church. Thus God is always ready to forgive, and he never tires of forgiving in ways that are continually new and surprising.”(MV 21- 22)

 

We are all children of the God whose mercy, forgiveness and goodness are boundless and endless. We must take after God if we are truly His children, not only in words but in our deeds. One place to experience this mercy, is through the life of the sacraments which Christ left us in His Church as the lubricants of the life of grace. This week, be pleasing to God, spread the news of his mercy to those around you. Where there are soured relationships, take the first step at reconciling people in prayer, in word and in action. In his conversation with St Faustina, Jesus promised to unleash the flood of his mercy on the world. This week, try and become a channel through which the flood of Christ’s mercy, can reach others. Obtain a copy of the Divine Mercy prayer yourself and pray.

 

Eternal Father, I offer you the body and blood, soul and divinity of your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

 

For the sake of his sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world…

 

 

May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen

Happy Mothers' Day

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