Gospel: Jn 20:19-31 “Appearance to the Disciples“
April 28, 2019 | Sunday
On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.”
Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
But he said to them,
“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
and put my finger into the nailmarks
and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
Now a week later his disciples were again inside
and Thomas was with them.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands,
and bring your hand and put it into my side,
and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”
Now 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.
Today we celebrate the Divine Mercy Sunday; in this event we try to look back again the very mystery of the saving event brought about by Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Cross. The word mercy means a sorrowful heart. God’s heart is in sorrow when the chosen people do not believe to the truth revealed to them about the loving God who wanted to reach out.
Sometimes in life we become like Thomas, asking and needing to be healed, not just physically but Spiritual healing as well. We demand Jesus with doubt and with sorrow wanting to release from every burden and darkness in life. It is then through the mercy of God that we received the light and never let us down in every suffering. In return, we are blessed with His mercy and kindness.
Gratitude is the homage of the heart which responds with graciousness in expressing an act of thanksgiving. We should always recognize and appreciate the mercy and help shown to us, for in in gratitude is forgetfulness or a poor return for kindness received.