April 3, 2016: Second Sunday of Easter

Many signs and wonders were done among the people . . . (Acts 5: 12)

            The resurrection of Jesus is a powerful reality. How can any person begin to understand that reality? But we think we understand it while at the same time we are like Thomas and bring our doubting attitude to our daily life. Imagine for a moment the incredible range of feelings the disciples must have experienced at the sight of Jesus in that upper room: fear, amazement, joy and disbelief. That is the Easter experience that we celebrate. Imagine the power in death brought back to life. Now imagine the power to forgive or to hold someone bound by a lack of forgiveness. Forgiving and not forgiving are everyday actions that we take for granted. We give little thought to the power that exists in these actions. While this Divine Mercy Sunday calls us to remember the mercy and forgiveness that we receive from our God each day, we also hear in John’s Gospel today a direct call for our lives. Jesus tells us, “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” Do we believe this? We are sent with the power of the Resurrection and with the Spirit. Our ultimate goal? To follow Jesus, to give forgiveness. In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, as members of Precious Blood communities, what better directive can we follow than to give forgiveness and encourage others to give forgiveness? Through this action, many signs and wonders will be worked among the people.

Sr. Barbara Hudock, ASC



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