Today we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. It is the second Sunday after Easter and it is a special day for us to reflect on and rejoice in the merciful love God has for us. We have received the gift of faith and have the daily opportunity to allow our beliefs to grow. The Easter proclamation: “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it” still echoes in our hearts and minds. Today we focus on God’s tender loving mercy for each one of us.
In today’s Gospel, we hear the familiar story of the apostles gathered in the upper room and this time Thomas is with them. The apostles recount Jesus’ appearance to them and Thomas does not believe what they are telling him. He responds with saying, he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe." Jesus appears and invites Thomas to do as he said. Thomas must have been shaken to the core with this appearance of Jesus, yet he appeals to Jesus’ mercy. His faith is what helps him in his momentary unbelief. Jesus’ mercy is right there for Thomas just as it is for each one of us.
On this Divine Mercy Sunday, take some time to relish in God’s merciful love and his promise to be with us until the end of time. Let the joyful “Alleluias” resound this day and everyday as Jesus has risen! Alleluia, Amen!
Pat Schifini, OSU