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Second Sunday of Easter


The readings for the Sunday of Divine Mercy are replete with notions of Precious Blood spirituality: breaking (and sharing) bread, prayer, resurrection and reconciliation. Where is there a reference to reconciliation, of bringing back into union, of forgiving the injury or insult?

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead . (1 Peter 1: 3)

The readings for the Sunday of Divine Mercy are replete with notions of Precious Blood spirituality: breaking (and sharing) bread, prayer, resurrection and reconciliation.

Where is there a reference to reconciliation, of bringing back into union, of forgiving the injury or insult? Look at Thomas! “I will not believe,” he says. Was he thinking, “I wasn’t here when you say the Lord came?” Did he feel excluded, hurt, slighted, and so he put out demands to be met? How merciful was the Lord Jesus to return, to bring him back into the circle of hope.

As we experience the world today, we may wish for the Lord Jesus to make another appearance to bring us mercy, hope and peace. What is our source of hope? As we break bread together, pray and await the Resurrection on the last day, we observe Divine Mercy present all around us. Jesus, Divine Mercy personified, is made visible and present every day by those who address the physical and material needs of others:

  • feed the hungry and give drink to the thirsty
  • shelter the homeless
  • clothe the naked
  • visit the sick and imprisoned
  • bury the dead
  • give alms to the poor

or who help others with their emotional and spiritual needs:

  • counsel the doubtful
  • instruct the ignorant
  • admonish the sinner
  • comfort the sorrowful
  • forgive injuries
  • bear wrongs patiently
  • pray for the living and the dead

These displays of mercy give hope! It is through the power of the resurrection that individuals and groups have the generosity to participate with merciful attention to the needs of others. As we celebrate the resurrection, how does our call to be a reconciling presence in the world manifest Divine Mercy today in a world still crying for justice, mercy and hope?

Sr. Charlene Herinckx, SSMO


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