April 3, Second Sunday of Easter
Divine Mercy Sunday
Cycle C. Readings:
1) Acts 5:12-16
Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
2) Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19
Gospel: John 20:19-31
By Jeff Hensley
Catholic News Service
Jesus is risen! He is risen, indeed! And that seems to be much of what today’s readings reflect.
The Gospel relates the account of Thomas coming to faith when Jesus appears before him and the other disciples. Jesus offers Thomas the opportunity to put his finger on his hand, to put his hand into his side. But Thomas doesn’t need the proof he had earlier said he required. His response to Jesus is, “My Lord and my God!”
The chapter closes with the writer saying, “Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not written in this book. But 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.”
When I came into the Catholic Church in 1974, I had already witnessed many great things Jesus had done in my life. In the intervening decades, I have seen him act again and again in my own life and the lives of those around me, often in amazing ways. Prayers have been answered, difficult situations that should not have worked out well did.
For example, once on ice-coated streets, moving downhill at 20 miles per hour, the pickup I was driving went from sliding sideways on a collision course with the trunks of five substantial cars into the one open lane on the far right side of the intersection and coming smoothly to a stop, as though there were no ice on the road at all.
I believe my experiences and similar ones of those who read this are part and parcel of those books that the next chapter of John refers to as being more than the whole world could contain. It was all brought about by the obedience of the son of God, who laid down his life to take it up again in its resurrected form, that we too might have life in his name.
Have you experienced God’s saving mercies in your own life and that of your family? Are those stories part of your personal or family lore?