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2nd Sunday of Easter

2nd Sunday of Easter                                                                                                                            

 

Dear friends in Christ,

                 

                  Today in the Responsorial Psalm we proclaim God’s love and mercy, singing, “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting… his mercy endures forever.” God’s love and his mercy are two sides of the same truth which the Church celebrates on Divine Mercy Sunday.

                  During the Easter season, our first reading is taken from the Acts of the Apostles showing the life of the young Christian Church as a continuation of the wonderful redeeming work of Jesus. This Church is faithful, communal, praying, and happy. These characteristics, fruits of love and mercy, remind us that we’re called to be a Church that lives and becomes witness of God’s mercy and forgiveness to all nations.

The Gospel story about the doubting Thomas describes the new life, a life born in the Spirit which “takes us from fear to joy, seclusion to mission, absence to presence, disbelief to faith, and mere existence to new life.” When Thomas cried out in his profession, “My Lord and my God,” he simply experienced the marvelous gifts of mercy and forgiveness from the Risen Lord, and thus changed from an unbeliever to a believer.

Today’s Gospel story ends with these words addressed to us: “These are written that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that through this belief you may have life in his name.” Salvation comes only in Jesus — the Mercy of God.

“Jesus, I Trust in You!”

Fr. Joe