“DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY”
‘A Day of Clearing Doubts’
First Reading: Acts 4: 32-35,
Second Reading: 1 John 5: 1-6,
Gospel Reading: John 20: 19-31 ,
* First reading is from the Acts of the Apostles. This passage gives us a vivid account of the life of the early Christian community. The Risen Lord had a decisive influence on the lives of His followers. Their unity of heart and mind was indeed praiseworthy. It was a community ideally faithful to the Gospel message where believers shared their faith and shared their possessions. * Second reading is from the first letter of St. John. In this passage, John exhorts the Christian community to live a life of love. He reminds us that a Christian is a child of God. Hence, he/she should show his/her love for God by keeping God’s commandments. “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet Believe” Today’s Gospel reading is from St. John. The disciple at the center of today’s narrative was Thomas. Thomas was a deeply wounded man. When Jesus his Master and friend was put to death on that terrible Friday, he was in deep pain and left the company of other disciples. Thus he was unable to meet the Risen Lord when He appeared to other disciples. He came to know about it and he was deeply hurt. When the Lord appeared again, He showed Thomas His wounds. They were the proof of His love for the disciples. Then the Lord invited Thomas to touch those precious wounds. Thus it was by touching and being touched that he was healed of his unbelief and grief and pain. What Jesus told Thomas that day is relevant to every one of us, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe”. The world today is full of doubting Thomas(es). Many do not believe that Christ is risen and that we can have the experience of the Risen Lord in our lives. They will not be convinced unless they can touch His wounds and see the radiance of His face. But this can happen only if the Risen Lord is seen in His followers. For that we ourselves need to experience the presence of the Lord in our lives. “The key to wisdom is this – constant and frequent questioning for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning, we arrive at the truth” – Peter Abelard“Jesus’ willingness to accomodate Thomas’ unbelief is a reminder that God can handle our doubts” – David D Flowers“Doubting Thomas uttered the greatest confession of faith recorded anywhere in the Bible” – Dr. R.F.Wilson.