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Divine Mercy Sunday
Apr 22, 2020
1st Reading: Acts 2:42-47
Resp. Psalm Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
2nd Reading: 1 Peter 1:3-9
Gospel: John 20:19-31
In the first reading we read that the people took what Jesus did and taught mediated to them by the teaching of the Apostles, to heart. In holding their possessions and finances in common to help those according to their need speaks of the responsibility the Church has to her members and those in need. The Discalced Carmelite nuns live their lives in this way, in other words pure communism not Marxist communism which is Godless. Whenever God gives us an abundance of something, it is meant to be shared. When we are in need, hopefully we can ask for help too.
Poor Thomas needed to see Jesus to believe. And he got what he needed. The Lord makes sure that we get what we need and ask for when the time is right. Jesus did say that those who believe despite not seeing are blessed. While that is obviously true since the Lord said it, some of us need more than the rest. Again, the Lord knows this. This should help us to be patient with ourselves and each other. We all are needy and / or self- sufficient in different areas. Let us not let anything stop us for stating that we need help, especially when it is detrimental to our faith life and our being. And since the Lord says that the blessed ones believe despite not seeing, we need to let Him work on us in those areas in which our faith is weak.
Jesus's merciful heart moves Him to pity us and give us graces and forgive us. All of this is done in order to make us what we are called to be: perfect as His Heavenly Father is perfect. May the Divine Mercy of God renew the whole world.
Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD