Second Sunday of Easter: John 20:19-31
This Sunday, the second Sunday of Easter, we celebrate ‘Divine Mercy’ and we join with our Holy Father, Pope Francis and Catholics throughout the whole world in celebrating the canonization of two Popes: John XXIII and John Paul II.
Our gospel from St. John recounts one of the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus Christ to his disciples, where Jesus entered the room through locked doors and said, “Peace be with you.” Thomas was not present with the disciples at the time, however joined the group a week later. Then, he expressed his faith in the resurrection of Jesus by stating, “My Lord and my God!”
I suggest that Thomas was not a doubter. He was a believer and he is a model for all of us on this Mercy Sunday. We are invited to become living witnesses in our own lives to the reality of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Thomas touched the wounded side of the beloved Savior to heal the wounds of our own disbelief.
Our Lord said to Saint Faustina: "I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day, the very depth of my tender mercy is open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of my mercy.”
On this Feast of Divine Mercy, let us echo the words of Thomas, “My Lord and My God” and through the intercession of Saint Faustina, let us ask the Lord of Mercy for the grace to become true messengers of mercy in our own age.